There is so much cool stuff going down in LA next week, I’m beginning to think I’ll need to clone myself just to I can experience it all. Adding to the already incredible lineup is a concert from the world-famous orchestral group Video Games Live, and their E3 show is one that should really not be missed. I mean, their usual set is reportedly quite a show, but they’re pulling out all the stops for this one.
The concert is on the night of Wednesday, June 8th, in the Nokia theater. You can purchase tickets starting at under $25 from Ticketmaster here.
I’m having some serious trouble picking out highlights. You can expect songs from recent blockbusters like Halo: Reach and Red Dead Redemption as well as classics from Castlevania and Chrono Trigger. But that isn’t that half of it. You know what? Screw it, you’re gonna need to see the whole list. Hit the jump with me, won’t you?
The live music World Premiere of the award winning song “Invincible” from Warcraft®: Cataclysm™ with Blizzard composer and audio director Russell Brower conducting.
The World Premiere of the music from Resident Evil® 5 conducted and orchestrated by Award Winning composer Wataru Hokoyama.
The Grammy Award Winning Civilization IV conducted live for the first time by composer Christopher Tin and featuring PBS Special vocalist Kendrew Heriveaux.
The World Premiere of the Award Winning music from Red Dead Redemption™ featuring composer Bill Elm on guitar.
Street Fighter® II featuring Video Games Live creator and world renowned game composer Tommy Tallarico on guitar.
New Guitar Hero™ competition featuring the Foo Fighters Grammy Award winning song “The Pretender”. Pre-show festival winner to appear and perform on stage with the symphony.
The music of Castlevania® featuring original Castlevania composer Kinuyo Yamishita on organ.
The music of Chrono Trigger™ and Chrono Cross™ with composer Yasunori Mitsuda in attendance, on stage and taking part in the post show meet & greet.
Heroes of Might & Magic® segment with composer Rob King including music from the yet-to-be-released Might & Magic® Heroes® VI.
The L.A. Premiere of Halo®: Reach by Award Winning franchise composers Marty O’Donnell and Mike Salvatori.
The “Video Game Pianist” Martin Leung performing brand new solo piano arrangements from Final Fantasy® and Mario™including the World Premiere of a brand new internationally published Zelda™ segment.
The video game rock band “The Megas” performing their popular hits from Mega Man® 2 & 3.
Award winning and renowned film composer John Debney (The Passion of the Christ, Sin City, Iron Man 2, Spider-Man 2 & 3) conducting his music from Sony Computer Entertainments’ Lair video game.
Metal Gear Solid® 3: Snake Eater featuring vocalist Laura “Flute Link” Intravia.
Music from the yet to be released MMORTS End of Nations™ featuring industry veteran composer Frank Klepecki (Command & Conquer) on guitar.
The L.A. Premiere of the Tetris® Opera featuring award winning international vocal soloists.
Jonathan Coultons’ Award Winning “Still Alive” from Portal™.
Post Show Meet & Greet (FREE to all ticket holders) includes…
Tommy Tallarico (Earthworm Jim, Metroid Prime, Advent Rising)
Yasunori Mitsuda (Chrono Trigger, Chrono Cross, Xenogears)
Akira Yamaoka (Silent Hill)
Hirokazu “Hip” Tanaka (Metroid, Duck Hunt, Tetris, Pokemon)
Russell Brower (World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, Diablo III)
Kinuyo Yamashita (Castlevania, Mega Man X3, Power Blade)
Marty O’Donnell (Halo series)
Wataru Hokoyama (Resident Evil 5, Ace Combat X2, Afrika)
Christopher Tin (Civilization IV, 1st video game Grammy Award Winner)
Frank Klepecki (Command & Conquer series, End of Nations)
John Debney (The Passion of the Crist, Sin City, Lair)
Gerard Marino (God of War series)
Christopher Lennertz (Warhawk, Medal of Honor, The Simpsons)
Joe Trapanese (Tron Legacy – Film Arranger/Orchestrator)
Bill Elm (Red Dead Redemption)
Neal Acre (World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, Stargate Atlantis)
Rob King (Heroes of Might & Magic series, Fable II)
Jon Van Canegham (game designer/creator/director Heroes of Might & Magic series)
Laura Karpman (Everquest II)
Sean Murray (Call of Duty: Black-Ops, Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
Penka Kouneva (Gears of War 3, Transformers, The Sims)
Tim Wynn (Warhawk, Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3, Red Faction)
Arthur Inasi (Guitar Hero, Rock Band, Dance Central)
Mike Rubino (Pac-Man World Rally, Jaws Unleashed, Line Rider)
Martin Leung (The Video Game Pianist)
Laura Intravia (Flute Link)
Kendrew Heriveaux (PBS Special vocalist)
…and MORE SECRET SURPRISE GUESTS TO BE REVEALED AT THE PERFORMANCE!
Holy crap is that ever a list. I don’t know about you guys, but I am seriously considering this, despite all the other amazing things happening at the same time.