Video Game Orchestra to play Boston Symphony Hall

A glimpse at what Sunday night's performance at Boston Symphony Hall will look like.

On Sunday night, Symphony Hall will come alive with gamers and music lovers drawn to the familiar tunes of iconic video games.

A 70-piece orchestra and choir, as well as a five-piece rock band, will perform “Video Game Orchestra Live at Symphony Hall,” showcasing what the show’s producer describes as “rockestral” arrangements from some of the most popular video games of all time.

Music from Castlevania, Final Fantasy Tactics, Chrono Trigger, Grandia, and Kingdom Hearts will be performed, while the composers of many of those classic titles – Hitoshi Sakimoto, of Final Fantasy, Kinuyo Yamashita, of Castlevania, and Noriyuki Iwadare, of Grandia, and Yoko Shimomura, of Street Fighter II are expected to stop by to watch the show and have a meet and greet after the show.

Founded in 2008, the Boston-based Video Game Orchestra was spawned from Japanese guitarist Shota Nakama’s mutual love of music, and of course, video games.

“This is not like a typical concert where you sit back, watch, listen and be in serenity. It is an orchestra show, but it’s also a rock show. You can yell. You can cheer. You can clap your hands, and really have fun,” Nakama said.

Bassist Louis Andre Ochoa grew up playing the old-school Nintendo video games, and now that he’s playing music, he could not think of a better way to combine his passions.

“The music is really iconic for me. It is a very unique experience as far as being musician and a video game lover.”

Tickets range from $40.50 to $100 and are on sale now at


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