Video games take the stage in concert
"Video Games Live," a concert featuring music from the most popular video games of all time, will be performed at 7:30 p.m. July 14, Miller Symphony Hall, 23 N. Sixth St, Allentown.
The show, with a 30-date tour that includes stops in Shanghai and Beijing, China, and the first Middle East video concert in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, began June 27, and was created and is produced by Tommy Tallarico, who hails from Springfield, Mass.
Tallarico, on guitar, will accompany the Allentown Symphony Orchestra, Concord Chamber Singers and soloists.
Emmanuel Fratianni will conduct the orchestra, with guest touring solo musicians, including Martin Leung and Lee Ann Leung, pianos; and Laura Intravia, flute.
There will be three large video screens for synchronized footage, and a rock concert light show.
"Live performance is my button for me because of the adrenaline and I connect to audiences all over the world, "says Tallarico, "The music is meant to be enjoyed by the whole family, not just gamers."
Those attending should plan to arrive early for pre-show events, including a favorite video character costume contest; meet-and-greet with Tallarico and Jack Wall, creators of "Video Games Live"; games competitions ("Guitar Hero II," "Space Invaders"), and give-away prizes.
"Video Games Live" debuted July 6, 2005, with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles. "Video Games Live" has been presented throughout the United States, as well as in Canada, New Zealand, Chile, France, Mexico, Poland and Japan.
Most of the music played, including that from "Halo," "Sonic," "Metal Gear Solid," "Mario," "Zelda," "Warcraft," "Tomb Raider," "Myst," "Tron," "God of War" and "Medal of Honor," had never been performed live.
Tallarico has been a video game composer for more than 23 years. He is regarded as changing the game industry from bleeps and bloops to music.
Tallarico was the first musician to release a video game soundtrack worldwide, "Tommy Tallarico's Greatest Hits Vol. 1" (Capitol Records). He was one of the first to use guitar and 3-D audio in a video game ("The Terminator").
The "Video Games Live: Volume One" album (EMI Classics), the first video game compilation album from a major label, was released in 2008 and debuted at No. 10 on the Billboard chart.