Forget about Brahms, Beethoven or Bach. The Seattle Symphony is bringing some other classics — with names like Mario, Master Chief and Zelda — to Benaroya Hall this summer. On June 21 and 22, the Seattle Symphony will play the music from 25 popular video games while projecting images from the games overhead.
Traditional symphony fans may scoff at the idea of listening to music whose main purpose is to highlight animated characters jumping over barrels or blowing apart enemy combatants.
But it sounds pretty cool to us.
After all, can you imagine Super Mario floating above while listening to this?
I am just curious to see how the Seattle Symphony pulls that off. The performance — dubbed “Play! A Video Game Symphony” — was a huge hit when it debuted in Seattle in 2008, with back-to-back sell outs. This year, the symphony is adding a couple of new favorites to the mix, including Civilization V and Mafia II.
Directing the show will be Andy Brick, an American composer whose credits include music for Halo 3, Sim City, Super Mario and many others. Tickets range in price from $17 to $74.
The performance appears to be well timed, since the DigiPen Institute of Technology is hosting the Game Education Summit in Redmond June 22-23.