DSO welcomes video game composer and musician Tommy Tallarico for multimedia "Video Games Live" concert in Orchestra Hall, July 23

- Program features music from franchises including Zelda, Pokémon, Final Fantasy, Kingdom Hearts, and more

Detroit, (July 10, 2019) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) welcomes video game industry legend Tommy Tallarico for a one-night-only presentation of Video Games Live in Orchestra Hall.

Video Games Live is a multimedia concert event that combines an orchestra performance of iconic video game music with exclusive synchronized video footage, electronic percussion, and other immersive experiences.

The program includes music from blockbuster video game franchises like The Legend of Zelda, Pokémon, Final Fantasy, Kingdom Hearts, Mass Effect, Metroid, and more. Tallarico will host the show and play guitar; Emmanuel Fratianni will conduct.

The concert takes place Tuesday, July 23 at 7:30 p.m. at Orchestra Hall, within Midtown Detroit’s Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center (3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit).

About Video Games Live

Video Games Live (VGL) is an immersive concert series founded by video game composers Tommy Tallarico and Jack Wall in 2002. Debuted in 2005 at the Hollywood Bowl with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, VGL has performed over 400 shows internationally.

The VGL live show combines a symphony performance of iconic video game music with exclusive video footage, synchronized lights and lasers, audience participation, and more. VGL has also released six albums and a live video recording that coincided with their national PBS television special in 2010. Learn more at videogameslive.com.

Tommy Tallarico is a video game industry icon who has worked as a composer, musician, sound designer, television personality, and producer. His renowned scores include music for The Terminator, Prince of Persia, Earthworm Jim, Madden NFL, Metroid Prime, Advent Rising, and many others; he is considered by many to have helped revolutionize the gaming world by expanding and enriching the musical DNA of video games.

Tallarico has won more than 50 industry awards and has worked on more than 300 gaming titles. He is the founder of Game Audio Network Guild, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting excellence in interactive audio. He was the host, writer, and co-producer of the award-winning TV shows Reviews on the Run and Electric Playground. He and others in the video game industry successfully petitioned the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences to expand the Grammy instrumental soundtrack category to consider video game scores. Learn more at tallarico.com.

Ticket Information

Tickets for Video Games Live begin at $24 and can be purchased at dso.org, by calling (313) 576-5111, or in-person at the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center Box Office (3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit).

Groups of 10 or more can save up to 30% on the price of a single ticket for most DSO concerts. For more information, contact Group Sales Manager Jim Sabatella at (313) 576-5130 or jsabatella@dso.org.

About the DSO

The most accessible orchestra on the planet, 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. As a community-supported orchestra, generous giving by individuals and institutions at all levels drives the continued success and growth of the institution. Conductor Leonard Slatkin, who recently concluded an acclaimed decade-long tenure at the helm, now serves as the DSO’s Music Director Laureate, endowed by the Kresge Foundation. Celebrated conductor, arranger, and trumpeter Jeff Tyzik is the orchestra’s Principal Pops Conductor, while the outstanding trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard holds the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Jazz Creative Director Chair. Making its home at historic Orchestra Hall within the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center, the DSO offers a performance schedule that features Classical, PNC Pops, Paradise Jazz, and Young People’s Family Concert series. One of America’s most acoustically perfect concert halls, Orchestra Hall will celebrate its centennial in 2019-2020. In addition, the DSO presents the William Davidson Neighborhood Concert Series in seven metro area venues, as well as a robust schedule of 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 radio broadcast and continues today with the free Live from Orchestra Hall webcast series, which also reaches tens of thousands of children with the Classroom Edition expansion. With growing attendance and unwavering philanthropic support from the people of Detroit, the DSO actively pursues a mission to embrace and inspire individuals, families, and communities through unsurpassed musical experiences.