VGL Announces Festival Activities For First Concert in Houston

Video Games Live™ Announces Festival Activities For First Ever Video Game Concert in Houston

Events to Include Costume Contest, Playable Demos, Guitar Hero™ II Competition, Spectacular Prizes and Industry Meet & Greet with Top Composers & Designers

Record Setting 132+ Musicians To Perform On Stage


Houston – July 11, 2006 –  Renowned video game composers, Tommy Tallarico  and Jack Wall, announced the pre- and post-show festival events planned for the July 14th Houston, TX performance of Video Games Live™ presented by the Houston Symphony Orchestra.  Created and produced by Tallarico and Wall’s production company, Mystical Stone Entertainment LLC, Video Games Live™ features music from the most popular video games performed by top orchestras and choirs around the world, combining exclusive video footage and music arrangements, synchronized lighting, solo performers, electronic percussionists and unique interactive segments to create an explosive one-of-a-kind entertainment experience. 

This special performance taking place at the renowned Jones Hall on Friday, July 14th will be the first time video game music has been performed in Houston and will consist of over 132+ musicians making it the largest on-stage video game performance in history.  To commemorate the event, Video Games Live™ is pulling out all the stops and opening the doors early to present a pre-show festival from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. which is FREE to all ticket holders. Tickets ($21 - $66) are on sale
now at the Houston Symphony website: http://www.houstonsymphony.org/ticket/production.aspx?id=1027&src=t, or by calling (713) 224-7575.  Group sales of 10 or more: (713) 238-1435.

The pre-show festival will include a competition sponsored by RedOctane featuring the yet to be released Guitar Hero™ II.  Other playable games on site (presented by Game Crazy) consist of top selling hits from the Nintendo GameCube™, Sony PlayStation® 2, Microsoft XBOX® & 360™ which include Mario Kart, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Halo, Dance Dance Revolution, Burnout Revenge, Dead or Alive 4 & Fight Night.  Other pre-show festivities include a costume contest where audience members will come dressed as their favorite video game characters to compete for a THX approved 5.1 speaker system from Logitech.  Finalists will be judged on stage by the audience.

Other prizes throughout the evening include a $2,500 Ferrari laptop courtesy of AMD which will be given away on stage during the Interactive Symphony segment, starring one of the most beloved classic arcade games of all time, Frogger, celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Two audience members will compete for 90 seconds while the orchestra plays along, changing the musical score on-the-fly depending on what the contestants are doing on screen.  This unique interaction with a live symphony has only ever been attempted and performed at Video Games Live™.

The audience will also be treated to a special solo performance by pianist Lee Ann Leung who will be premiering her special Final Fantasy® piano arrangement at this concert, performing over ten Final Fantasy® favorites.  
The post-show meet-and-greet where fans can interact with renowned game composers and designers will consist of industry luminaries who have worked on projects such as Halo, Warcraft, God of War, Myst, Splinter Cell, Metroid Prime, Tony Hawk Pro Skater, EverQuest II, Earthworm Jim, Unreal, Guitar Hero, Baldur's Gate, Quake, Doom, Brothers In Arms, Counter-Strike, Half-Life and many more!

And speaking of industry luminaries, Video Games Live™ will be giving away a piece of video game history.  A unique autographed program with over 30 of the most famous video game designers and composers will be given away to one lucky winner by filling out an entry card at the costume contest booth during the show.  Names include creators Hideo Kojima (Metal Gear Solid), Yuji Naka (Sonic the Hedgehog), Nolan Bushnell (Pong, Atari), Toby Gard (Lara Croft, Tomb Raider), Bill Roper (Warcraft), celebrity Elijah Wood and MANY MORE!

Video Games Live features music and exclusive synchronized video from popular franchises such as:  Mario™, Zelda®, Halo®, Metal Gear Solid®, Warcraft®, Myst®, Final Fantasy®, Castlevania®, Kingdom Hearts, Medal of Honor™, Sonic™, Tron, God of War™, Tomb Raider®, Advent Rising, Headhunter, Beyond Good & Evil™, Splinter Cell®, Ghost Recon™, Rainbow Six®, EverQuest® II and a special retro Classic Arcade Medley featuring over 20+ games from Pong® to Donkey Kong® including such classics as Dragon's Lair, Tetris, Frogger, Gauntlet, Space Invaders & Outrun!



Other locations currently on sale include:  Chicago, Indianapolis, Toronto & Los Angeles
(Hollywood Bowl).  A complete list of tour dates can be found at:  http://www.videogameslive.com/index.php?s=dates


About Video Games Live™ (www.videogameslive.com)
Created by two industry leading video game composers Tommy Tallarico and Jack Wall, Video Games Live™ (produced under their company Mystical Stone Entertainment, LLC) is the front runner in the field of live game music performance.  Video Games Live™ is an immersive concert event celebration featuring music from the biggest video games of all time.  The debut performance launched on July 6th, 2005 at the world famous Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles with the LA Philharmonic with over 11,000 people in attendance making it the largest video game concert in the world.



About the Houston Symphony (http://www.houstonsymphony.org/)
Founded in 1913, the Houston Symphony is one of America's oldest performing arts organizations, with a rich history of musical excellence.  The Houston Symphony fills each busy season with more than 170 concerts attended by an estimated 350,000 people each year.  The Mission of the Houston Symphony is to foster excellence and innovation in the performance and presentation of great music; to enrich the lives of our diverse citizenry; to educate current and future audiences and to bring distinction to our community through the orchestra's international presence and standing.