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Game music legend Andy Brick leads the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) and The Washington Chorus in concert premieres from more than a dozen video game classics in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall on Wednesday, January 8, 2020, at 8 p.m.
The full Game ON! program will feature music from Guild Wars 2, World of Warcraft, The Witcher 3, Assasin’s Creed 2, Assassin’s Creed 4, Bioshock, Diablo 3, Ori and the Blind Forest, Rayman Legends, Portal 2, Civilization V, Until Dawn, Destiny 2, League of Legends, and Overwatch. Beloved moments and scenes from these games come to life above the Orchestra during the concert as videos of HD game play and never-before-seen concept art from a selection of the games listed on the program are projected on screen above the stage.
Brick has composed music for many popular video games, including Sim City, Stranglehold, Sims 2, Arc The Lad, KidPix Deluxe, and the Kingdom series. He has also conducted and orchestrated live concert and recorded soundtracks for many immensely popular franchises, including Super Mario Bros., Halo, and Final Fantasy. Brick launched the live symphonic game score movement in 2003 when he conducted the world’s first Symphonic Game Music concert at the Gewandaus in Leipzig, Germany to a sold out hall. From there he went on to popularize the concept with many more sold out performances, eventually taking the sub-genre to new heights as the principal conductor and music director of “Play! A Video Game Symphony.”
Tickets (from $29–$89) are available at the Kennedy Center Box Office, online at kennedy-center.org, and via phone through Instant Charge, (202) 467-4700; toll-free at (800) 444-1324. For all other ticket-related customer service inquires, call the Advance Sales Box Office at (202) 416-8540.