Tommy & Jack to speak at Flashpoint Academy


Video Games Live Creators to visit Flashpoint on November 14th at 1:30 p.m.
along with Halo composer Mike Salvatori

CHICAGO – World famous video game composers and creators of Video Games Live ™ (VGL), Tommy Tallarico and Jack Wall will visit Flashpoint Academy on Friday, November 14th at 1:30 p.m. to speak to Flashpoint students and video game enthusiasts alike. Halo series composer, Michael Salvatori, will also be in attendance for the presentation and speaking about his work in the industry. This special event is free and open to the public, however, due to limited seating, advance reservations are required. To RSVP, contact Hanna at 312-506-0637 no later than November 12th.

"It's a great honor to be involved with such a cutting-edge and creative school like Flashpoint Academy,” Tallarico, video game composer & co-creator/executive producer and CEO Video Games Live stated. “The services and opportunities they provide for young people are amazing.  I only wish they were around when I was growing up!"
Video game composers Tommy Tallarico and Jack Wall created Video Games Live in 2002. The duo will offer a special presentation and discussion at Flashpoint Academy prior to the internationally renowned VGL event on Saturday, November 15th. The luminaries will discuss being video game composers and the insiders’ view of the video game industry. Between the two, they have worked on such titles as Earthworm Jim, Metroid Prime, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater, Mass Effect and Myst to name a few.
Flashpoint Academy, a digital media arts college located in Chicago’s Loop, was just named a recipient of the prestigious Chicago Innovation Award. Flashpoint Academy opened its doors in 2007 and is the first college of its kind in Chicago. Students can pursue two-year, full time, direct-to-industry programs in Game Development, Visual Effects and Animation, Film, Recording Arts, and their newest discipline, Broadcast Media.

Video Games Live, the largest and most popular game concert in the world, is an immersive concert event featuring music from the most popular video games of all time.  Top orchestras & choirs perform along with exclusive video footage and music arrangements, synchronized lighting, solo performers, electronic percussionists, live action and unique interactive segments to create an explosive entertainment experience.

With sold-out national and international concerts, Video Games Live comes to Chicago on Saturday, November 15th at 8 p.m. and will be held at the Chicago Theatre, located at 175 North State Street. Tickets for VGL are $34.50, $44.50 and $72.00 and can be purchased HERE. More information about VGL can be found at

To learn more about Flashpoint Academy classes, scholarships, tuition, financial aid and creative contests, call 312-332-0707 or for more information, visit the website at Open houses and tours of Flashpoint Academy are scheduled at 10 a.m. the following Saturdays; November 15th, November 29th, December 13th and December 20th. To attend a future group tour, please contact a Flashpoint representative at 312-332-0707.

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