For three evenings, Symphony Nova Scotia will forgo Beethoven, Mozart and Stravinsky in favour of Mario, Sonic and Zelda.
Video Games Live features music from video games played by the Symphony and a choir, combined with lights, video screens, a stage show and interactive elements like a costume contest and Guitar Hero battle.
Tommy Tallarico, the creator-host of Video Games Live was inspired to engineer the event while working in the industry. "I've worked on over 300 video games—I'm in the Guinness Book of World Records as the person who's worked on the most video games in their lifetime," he says. "My mom's very proud."
Tallarico wanted to prove to the world how culturally significant and artistic video games have become. Not only does Video Games Live introduce games to people who enjoy the symphony but it introduces gamers to something they may not otherwise experience. "It's a great way to usher in a whole new generation to appreciate the arts and appreciate the symphony," he says.
Tallarico has been touring the globe with Video Games Live for 10 years and managed to amass fans in Nova Scotia without making a stop. "Because we've been playing Canada for so long we would get so many emails," explains Tallarico. "People from Nova Scotia saying, 'Please come to Nova Scotia, you always ignore us.'" Tallarico and Symphony Nova Scotia finally partnered to bring Video Games Live to Halifax.
"Over the course of the three days we'll be playing to more people in Halifax than we will in Toronto, or Montreal, or Edmonton or Calgary," says Tallarico. "We're going to be sold out all three nights—I'm sure."
Video Games Live
March 10-12, 7:30pm
Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, 6101 University Ave
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