DSO presents "FINAL FANTASY VII REBIRTH: Orchestra World Tour," October 3

FINAL FANTASY VII REBIRTH Orchestra World Tour features music from the newest game in the FINAL FANTASY canon with conductors Arnie and Eric Roth

Tickets on sale March 12 at dso.org

Detroit, (March 11, 2024) - On October 3 at Orchestra Hall, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) will present FINAL FANTASY VII REBIRTH: Orchestra World Tour, an electrifying new concert based entirely on the groundbreaking game from SQUARE ENIX, led by conductors Arnie Roth and Eric Roth. This program is presented by AWR Music Productions and SQUARE ENIX.

This special event will feature all new symphonic arrangements of the music of FINAL FANTASY VII REBIRTH including beloved scores by Nobuo Uematsu and exciting new contributions from Mitsuto Suzuki, Masashi Hamauzu, and many other esteemed composers and arrangers—all performed by the DSO an accompanied by a chorus. The performance will feature stunning, high-definition video scenes created exclusively for this production by SQUARE ENIX.

FINAL FANTASY VII REBIRTH: Orchestra World Tour will take place Thursday, October 3 at 7:30 p.m. at Orchestra Hall.

Tickets for this performance go on sale on March 12 and start at $64. They can be purchased at dso.org or by calling the Box Office at 313.576.5111, open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Thursday, October 3, 2024 at 7:30 p.m.
Orchestra Hall
Arnie Roth, conductor
Eric Roth, conductor
AWR Music Productions and Square Enix are proud to introduce FINAL FANTASY VII REBIRTH Orchestra World Tour, an electrifying new concert based entirely on the groundbreaking game from SQUARE ENIX.

Experience all new symphonic arrangements of the music of FINAL FANTASY VII REBIRTH including beloved scores by Nobuo Uematsu and exciting new contributions from Mitsuto Suzuki, Masashi Hamauzu, and many other esteemed composers and arrangers, performed by an orchestra and chorus of over 100 musicians led by renowned conductors Arnie Roth and Eric Roth. With stunning, high-definition video scenes created exclusively for this production by SQUARE ENIX, immerse yourself in the world of one of the most visionary games of all time with this sensational multimedia concert experience! 


About Arnie Roth
A classically trained violinist, conductor, composer, producer, and Grammy Award-winning artist, Arnie Roth performs across a wide array of musical genres. Roth has performed with a host of artists, including Il Divo, Diana Ross, Jewel, The Three Tenors, The Irish Tenors, Charlotte Church, Josh Groban, Patrick Stewart, Branford Marsalis, Peter Cetera, and Andrea Bocelli. He is also a long-time member of the Grammy Award-winning group Mannheim Steamroller. Orchestras that Roth has conducted include the London Symphony, Hollywood Bowl Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Atlanta Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Houston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Nashville Symphony, Oregon Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, BBC Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Winnipeg Symphony, Joffrey Ballet, Ravinia Festival, Tokyo Philharmonic, Colorado Symphony, WDR Rundfunkorchester Köln, and Sydney Symphony. Roth brought critical acclaim to the Chicagoland Pops Orchestra as music director and principal conductor, showcasing artists including Michael Feinstein, Linda Eder, Art Garfunkel, Linda Ronstadt, Wynonna Judd, Judy Collins, the Beach Boys, and Johnny Mathis. Under his direction, the Chicagoland Pops Orchestra appeared in a nationally broadcast PBS Special featuring The Irish Tenors.

Roth was the music director and conductor of the national concert tour Dear Friends: music from FINAL FANTASY. In 2006, Roth conducted the new VOICES: music from FINAL FANTASY concert in Tokyo with the Tokyo Philharmonic. He then became the principal conductor and music director of PLAY! A Video Game Symphony featuring music from blockbuster video games such as FINAL FANTASY®, World of Warcraft®, Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind™, Halo, and Battlefield 1942™. As both producer and music director, Roth premiered Distant Worlds: music from FINAL FANTASY in December 2007 with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic in Sweden. The release of Distant Worlds: music from FINAL FANTASY, recorded by Roth and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, coincided with the start of the Distant Worlds international tour. Distant Worlds continues to thrill audiences around the globe with upcoming performances in North America, Europe, Australia, and Asia, and has released 4 additional albums of FINAL FANTASY music, as well as several DVD concert experiences.

As music director, conductor, and arranger, Roth was involved in a number of PBS Sepecials including: Charlotte Church: Enchantment - From Cardiff, Wales for Sony, The Irish Tenors: Heritage, the WTTW Soundstage shows featuring: Jewel, Peter Cetera, and Symphony, An Evening with Dennis DeYoung, Lyle Lovett, Randy Newman, Michael McDonald, and the Doobie Brothers, and WTTW’s Four Seasons in Chicago. In 2006 he was the music director and conductor for a ten-part television series for RTE featuring The Irish Tenors. He has appeared on NBC’s The Today Show many times conducting Il Divo, and appeared on The Tonight Show, Good Morning America, Oprah, and many more international television and radio broadcasts.

Roth’s talents extend into the area of film production and composition as well. He was commissioned by Gerald Arpino, founder and choreographer of the Joffrey Ballet, to write an original composition for a new Arpino ballet premiered in Chicago that he conducted. He produced and conducted music for the Robert Altman film The Company, and was the producer, composer, conductor, and arranger for the CGI animated films from Mattel Entertainment: Barbie™ in The Nutcracker, Barbie™ as Rapunzel, Barbie™ of Swan Lake, Barbie™ in The Princess and the Pauper Movie, Barbie™ in The Magic of Pegasus, Barbie™ Sings! Princess Movie Collection CD, Barbie™ in the Twelve Dancing Princesses, Island Princess Barbie, Barbie™ and the Diamond Castle, and Barbie™ in A Christmas Carol. Roth won the Best Score Award at the 2003 DVD Premier Awards for his score for the film Barbie™ as Rapunzel and was nominated for an Emmy Award in 2007 for his original song “Shine” from the movie Barbie™ in The Twelve Dancing Princesses. 2007 also marked the premiere of Roth's first live concert creation with Mattel. Barbie™ at the Symphony is a special film with orchestra presentation of the best-selling Barbie™ Princess movies. This was followed by a second live concert production under license with Mattel, Barbie™ in the Nutcracker.

Roth has produced and conducted music for many films, and has produced dozens of best-selling albums, released on American Gramaphone, JVC, Mattel, Warner Bros., Sony, Koch, and Razor & Tie.

About Eric Roth
AWR Music's Eric Roth is a formidable musical force: a music director/conductor, an orchestrator/arranger, a producer of concerts and recordings, a composer of original music, and much more. 

Roth is the music director and chief arranger for A New World: intimate music from FINAL FANTASY, the chamber music ensemble concert production by AWR Music Productions and video game developer SQUARE ENIX. Since premiering in 2014, the production has performed hundreds of concerts on four continents and released two acclaimed full-length recordings. He is also the associate music director and an orchestrator/arranger for Distant Worlds: music from FINAL FANTASY, the global live orchestral performance phenomenon. In 2020, Roth was the music director and conductor for the incredible sold-out world premiere of Undertale LIVE featuring the music from Toby Fox's hit video game. Roth was also the lead orchestrator/arranger and produced the subsequent album.

Roth was the primary conductor of the orchestra for "Weird Al" Yankovic's historic Strings Attached Tour in 2019, performing dozens of monumental multimedia shows throughout the United States and Canada. Roth also conducted the once-in-a-lifetime Suprise, Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular! concert at the United Center in Chicago with a roster of performers that included Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Patti LaBelle, Usher, Kristin Chenoweth, Jamie Foxx, and Josh Groban. He has also worked as a conductor on projects with Five for Fighting, Seal, Jewel, Dennis DeYoung, and Stevie Nicks, and has conducted many prominent symphony orchestras and other ensembles around the world.

Other orchestration/arranging credits include two best-selling Mannheim Steamroller Christmas Symphony albums, the Pat Benatar/Neil Giraldo orchestra production with the Pittsburgh Symphony, KC and the Sunshine Band with the Memphis Symphony, Five for Fighting orchestra and string quartet productions, Twelve Doors: Tribute to Noriyuki Iwadare, and much more.

Roth's original music includes The RPG National Anthem Variations, a theme and variations based on Nobuo Uematsu's "Main Theme from FINAL FANTASY" for guitar virtuoso Sam Griffin, music for the dynamic harmonica/piano duo Konstantin Reinfeld/Benyamin Nuss, music for the documentary film Baseball's Been Very, Very Good to Me: The Minnie Minoso Story, music for Curious George's Dictionary, an award-winning application for mobile devices, and much more. He's also released his original music on albums such as Battery and Program16. Other original music includes Lyceum for percussion ensemble and solo recitation, The Clark Street Bridge Project for 80+ percussionists, and Secret Cheese commissioned for live performance at the Tate Modern in London.

About the DSO
The acclaimed Detroit Symphony Orchestra is known for trailblazing performances, collaborations with the world’s foremost musical artists, and a deep connection to its city. Led by Music Director Jader Bignamini since 2020, the DSO makes its home at historic Orchestra Hall within the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center, offering a performance schedule that features the PVS Classical, PNC Pops, Paradise Jazz, and Young People’s Family Concert series. In addition, the DSO presents the William Davidson Neighborhood Concert Series in metro area venues, as well as eclectic multi-genre performances in its mid-size venue The Cube, constructed and curated with support from Peter D. & Julie F. Cummings. A dedication to broadcast innovation began in 1922, when the DSO became the first orchestra in the world to present a live radio broadcast of a concert and continues today with the groundbreaking Live from Orchestra Hall series of free webcasts.

Since its first school concerts a century ago, and particularly since the founding of the Civic Youth Ensembles in 1970, the DSO has been a national leader in bringing the benefits of music education to students, teachers, and families in Detroit and surrounding communities. The DSO remains committed to expanding its participation in the growth and well-being of Detroit through programs like its Detroit Neighborhood Initiative—cultural events co-created with community partners and residents—and Detroit Harmony, a promise to provide an instrument and instruction to any student in the city who wants to learn. With unwavering support from the people of Detroit, the DSO actively pursues a mission to impact lives through the power of unforgettable musical experiences.