Sounds of the Symphonic Game Music Concert
Music has a way of making many things in our lives more memorable. A certain song may take your mind back to your first date, your first road trip or even to your high school prom. For those who enjoy playing computer or video games, music can trigger off completely different memories – the first time you conquered Super Mario Brothers, the first time you discovered Monkey Island, or the latest version of Grand Theft Auto sitting at home waiting for you. Music has become a very important part of any modern video game and the Symphonic Game Music Concert has played a big role in ensuring that every game has an excellent soundtrack.
The Symphonic Game Music Concert (or GC Concert) is not one concert but rather a series of concerts which take place once a year as a feature of the official Games Convention in Leipzig, Germany. The concert is comprised of a number of different video game musical scores which have been carefully organized to ensure that the music provides an extra special ambiance to the overall event. The Symphonic Game Music Concert has been taking place annually since 20 August 2003. The first concert was conducted by Andy Brick and was performed by the Czech National Symphony Orchestra in the Gewandhaus zu Leipzig concert hall in Germany. This was the first time such an event had taken place outside of Japan and this added to its prestige. The concert also featured the guest artist James Walker and the selection included musical scores from “Headhunter: Redemption”, “Final Fantasy VII”, “Outcast”, “Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell”, “Quest For Glory V: Dragon Fire” and “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets”. The event was such a massive hit that plans were immediately made to have a second concert the following year.
Since the inaugural concert, three more concerts have been held with great success. The second concert featured both a choir and a pipe organ and Andy Brick has continued to conduct all successive GC concerts. The Fifth Annual Symphonic Games Music Concert is set to take place on 22 August 2007. The event will be performed by the FILMharmonic Orchestra Prague and will include the services of a choir. Guest artists Izumi Masuda, Conny Kollet and Rony Barrak have already agreed to participate in the event and the music will be taken from legendary games such as “StarCraft”, “Final Fantasy XI”, “New Super Mario Bros”, “SaGa Frontier 2” and “Musashi: Samurai Legend”. If you love video games and great music, book your seat now to make sure that you don’t miss out on this awesome annual event.