National Symphony Orchestra Plays Video Games–Literally!

Posted: July 13, 2011 by jerkmag in VAULT -- archives
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This past Friday, I had the amazing opportunity to listen to video games.  Not play, not watch, but listen to video games.  This is because I went to a concert called “PLAY! A Video Game Symphony” at Wolf Trap.  During the concert, the National Symphony Orchestra performed music from video game classics, such as “Mario” and “Zelda,” to more recent titles, such as “Civilization V” and “Halo.”

The arrangements were impressive, to say the least, and the music was engaging.  However, the best part of PLAY! were the monitors above the orchestra.   While the orchestra continued to perform, the monitors featured video clips from from the respective games.  I felt that the footage really helped keep audience members’ interest because it reminded them of all the great scenes in these games as they were listening to the music.

If you’re curious about the pieces the National Symphony Orchestra played on Friday, you can find the entire program after the break.

Opening Fanfare

“Super Mario Bros. 25th Anniversary”
“Chrono Trigger/Chrono Cross”
“Metroid 25th Anniversary”
“Castlevania 25th Anniversary”
“The Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary”


“Kingdom Hearts”
“Civilization V”
“Dragon Age II”
“Guild Wars”
“Halo: Reach”
“World of Warcraft”

-Mike Thal


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