Video Games Live announces festival events for Houston concert
This upcoming performance taking at the Jones Hall on Friday, July 14th will be the first time video game music has been performed in Houston and will consist of over 132+ musicians. To commemorate the event, Video Games Live will be opening the doors early to present a pre-show festival from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. which is free to all ticket holders. Tickets ($21 - $66) are on sale now at the Houston Symphony website: http://www.houstonsymphony.org/ticket/production.aspx?id=1027&src=t, or by calling (713) 224-7575. Group sales of 10 or more: (713) 238-1435.
The pre-show festival will include a competition sponsored by RedOctane featuring the yet to be released Guitar Hero II. Other playable games on site (presented by Game Crazy) consist of top selling hits from the Nintendo GameCube, Sony PlayStation 2, Microsoft XBOX and Xbox 360 which include Mario Kart, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Halo, Dance Dance Revolution, Burnout Revenge, Dead or Alive 4 and Fight Night. Other pre-show festivities include a costume contest where audience members can come dressed as their favorite video game characters to compete for a THX approved 5.1 speaker system from Logitech. Finalists will be judged on stage by the audience.
Other prizes throughout the evening include a $2,500 Ferrari laptop courtesy of AMD which will be given away on stage during the Interactive Symphony segment, starring one of the most beloved classic arcade games of all time, Frogger, celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Two audience members will compete for 90 seconds while the orchestra plays along, changing the musical score on-the-fly depending on what the contestants are doing on screen.
The audience will also be treated to a special solo performance by pianist Lee Ann Leung who will be premiering his special Final Fantasy piano arrangement at this concert, performing over ten Final Fantasy favorites.
The post-show meet-and-greet where fans can interact with several noted game composers and designers will consist of industry luminaries who have worked on projects such as Halo, Warcraft, God of War, Myst, Splinter Cell, Metroid Prime, Tony Hawk Pro Skater, EverQuest II, Earthworm Jim, Unreal, Guitar Hero, Baldur's Gate, Quake, Doom, Brothers In Arms, Counter-Strike, and Half-Life.
Additionally, Video Games Live will be giving away an autographed program with over 30 of the most famous video game designers and composers to one lucky winner by filling out an entry card at the costume contest booth during the show. Names include creators Hideo Kojima (Metal Gear Solid), Yuji Naka (Sonic the Hedgehog), Nolan Bushnell (Pong, Atari), Toby Gard (Lara Croft, Tomb Raider), Bill Roper (Warcraft), celebrity Elijah Wood and others.
Other locations currently on sale include: Chicago, Indianapolis, Toronto and Los Angeles (Hollywood Bowl). A complete list of tour dates can be found at: http://www.videogameslive.com/index.php?s=home.
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