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A special night where a symphony plays music from popular video games
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A special night where a symphony plays music from popular video games

Heroes: A Video Game Symphony presented a musical culture that mixes video game scores with orchestral music.

It was a night of symphonic music that not only enchanted average classical music concertgoers. Heroes: A Video Game Symphony, presented by the Macao Orchestra, featured two hours of award-winning video game music accompanied by footage and graphics from 16 popular games that also thrilled gamers.

The orchestra was under the energetic baton of Australia’s Jessica Gethin, chief conductor of the Perth Symphony Orchestra. Together with Hong Kong choir The Learners Chorus, they performed dynamic and engaging music from video games such as BioShock, Final Fantasy, Halo, Metal Gear Solid and Shadow of the Colossus.

Produced by Jason Michael Paul, the man behind the acclaimed PLAY! A Video Game Symphony concert series, Heroes took its audience on a captivating 16-chapter hero’s journey, following the procession of the monomyth as described in Professor Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero with a Thousand Faces, the common template of heroes’ tales around the world and throughout history.

Many of the pieces performed have won acccolades, including Best Original Music Composition awards from the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. The visuals were narrated by the introspective voice of Nigel Carrington, who is also the voice behind the Dear Esther video game, making this an evening to remember for those with an affinity for music while growing up and for the many still gaming.