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Final Symphony: Shows Scheduled for Symphonic Orchestras

Final Symphony
Apparently, there is a non-Distant Worlds Final Fantasy symphony tour that has been around a few years, but I don't recall having heard about it until just the other day. It's called Final Symphony and differs significantly from Distant Worlds; while the latter features arrangements that are largely orchestral takes on the original pieces, Final Symphony combines themes from a few select games into acts of a symphony, with each movement attempting to express a portion of a game's world through a new interpretation of its music.

Being a symphony, each show plays the same music, with no minor setlist deviations as one might find at a Distant Worlds show, and the bulk of the show comes in three acts, first from Final Fantasy VI, then Final Fantasy X, and closing with Final Fantasy VII. There are four shows currently scheduled:
  • San Diego, July 21
  • Baltimore, July 23
  • San Francisco, July 27
  • Auckland, October 21
There's also a variation on the theme, called Symphonic Fantasies, which has a more wide-ranging Square Enix bent. In four parts, this symphony arranges music from the Kingdom Hearts, Mana, Chrono, and Final Fantasy series. The only currently scheduled show for this series is in London, on October 6.

On top of this, there's a second iteration on Final Symphony, with music from Final Fantasy XIII, IX, VIII, and V - amazing as that sounds to me, though, there are no currently scheduled performances.

Final Symphony is available for digital download from Amazon.


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Blinge OdonataComment 1: 2016-07-11 17:37
Blinge Odonata Thankyou based josh. I missed one in 2014 and was gutted.
Glenn Magus HarveyComment 2: 2016-07-11 19:04
Glenn Magus Harvey Ooh, this format is actually something I might be really interested in.
TrueBOSSComment 3: 2016-07-14 14:42
TrueBOSS Sounds awesome. Too bad I live in South Dakota and none of those locations are anywhere near me. :\
Rangers51Comment 4: 2016-07-14 17:53
Quote (TrueBOSS @ 14th July 2016 08:42)
Sounds awesome. Too bad I live in South Dakota and none of those locations are anywhere near me. :\

Yeah, that's gonna be the case for most people, I think. Certainly is for me, too. None of the many places I've lived over the last fifteen years are anywhere close to the current show schedule.
laszlowComment 5: 2016-07-16 17:43
laszlow I picked up tickets for the Baltimore show! I haven't been to a video game orchestral concert since Video Games Live in 2008 or 2009. Looking forward to this.
Glenn Magus HarveyComment 6: 2016-08-22 03:16
Glenn Magus Harvey I finally had a chance to sit down and listen to the samplers on Amazon. I'm inclined to pick it up. This will be interesting because I have largely not heard the FFX themes they're using, while I largely have heard the FFVII and FFVI themes. I wonder how my experience will differ between the various musical numbers.

How was the Baltimore concert, laszlow?
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