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NC Symphony: "Video Games Live"

When: Fri., June 7, 8 p.m. 2013

I'll be blunt: I can remember the "Overworld Theme" to The Legend of Zelda and the boss themes from the various Mega Man games better than I can recall most works by Mozart or Beethoven. They were endlessly repetitive, yet not in a way that made you want to mute the volume on the TV. Video game music today is a sight more elaborate than the eight-bit tunes of the 1980s, with everything from rock musicians creating soundtracks to full orchestras doing scores, though eight-bit music remains a popular subgenre found in many films, TV shows and more. All these types of video game music come together in Video Games Live, a tribute to the greatest themes of interactive entertainment produced in collaboration with the North Carolina Symphony. Classic 1980s examples such as Super Mario Bros. and the aforementioned Zelda are featured, along with tunes from more modern games such as Skyrim and Chrono Trigger, plus the likes of "The Classic Arcade Medley" and "The Tetris Opera." There's even a screen depicting classic video game scenes on stage and occasional actors playing out certain scenes. We could get into the strangeness of formally-dressed classical musicians playing video game music, but then, this pretty much is classical music for a generation. —Zack Smith

Price: $35-80

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