Video Games Live to premier Halo ODST music

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The highly successful Video Games Live show will be presenting the first music for Halo 3: ODST at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle.  The show is scheduled for January 24th, and Halo composer Marty O'Donnell will be in attendance.  I managed to see VGL when it was here in Columbus a couple years back and it was a great experience--if you have the chance, definitely go see (hear?) it.

I've always been pretty meh about the Halo games and I liked the third the least, so I'm not terribly excited for this hyped up expansion pack.  Still, I've always enjoyed the series' music and it's obvious that Mr. O'Donnell is an extremely talented musician.  His sweeping scores and excellent vocal direction are instantly recognizable and quite stirring.  I'm sure he's done a fine job for ODST and it's inclusion in VGL will only make the show better.  I just wish Marty's great music was being used on some more interesting games.


Special Guests to Include: Halo Composers Marty O’Donnell and Michael Salvatori as well as Gabe & Tycho from Penny Arcade

January 19, 2009 – Los Angeles, CA After selling out scores of shows in front of hundreds of thousands of fans around the world, Video Games Live is proud to announce the live WORLD PREMIERE of the music from the Halo® 3: ODST trailer.
The music will be given the full symphonic Video Games Live treatment at the Seattle performance at the famed Paramount Theatre on January 24th.  Halo 3: ODST will be available to fans this Fall.

The Seattle performance of VGL will also feature personal appearances by veteran game composer Marty O’Donnell, best known for scoring the Halo franchise, as well as Halo composer Michael Salvatori and other members of the Bungie team—and ticket holders will be able to interact with them at a post-show meet & greet.  Says O’Donnell, “I’ve always debuted my music with Video Games Live and it’s an honor to be involved with such a highly successful production. It’s a fantastic show and a great and unique way to connect our music with an audience.” Video Games Live was the first to perform the music of Halo with a symphony orchestra at the Hollywood Bowl in 2005 featuring the Los Angeles Philharmonic and guitar legend Steve Vai (whose guitar work appeared on Halo 2) in front a crowd of 11,000 people.

“We’ve been good friends of Marty for a long time and really love the work that he’s done,” said video game composer and Video Games Live co-creator/conductor Jack Wall. “The audience’s reaction to the Halo scores is always incredible and we’re once again looking forward to adding more exclusive music from the franchise.”  Game composer and Video Games Live co-creator/host Tommy Tallarico added, “It’s always been a goal of ours to change the show each and every year.  We’re going into our fifth year of touring Video Games Live and each year we continue to mix it up and add to our setlist.”  Aside from the 50+ game franchises already represented and created, Video Games Live is currently working on 10 new segments for 2009 including Mega Man, Chrono Cross/Chrono Trigger, Super Smash Bros., Monkey Island, Shadow of the Colossus, Earthworm Jim, Silent Hill and more.

Joining Marty O’Donnell at the post-show meet & greet will be Penny Arcade creators/founders Gabe & Tycho, along with other industry creators, designers, artists and composers.  Also appearing will be Canadian artists Splitting Adam, performing with the symphony their hit “On My Own” from the recent Need For Speed: Undercover game.
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About Video Games Live™
Video Games Live ( <> ) is an immersive concert event featuring music from the greatest video games of all time.  Created and produced in 2002 by industry veteran game composers Tommy Tallarico and Jack Wall; top orchestras and choirs around the world perform along with exclusive video footage and music arrangements, synchronized lighting, solo performers, electronic percussion, live action and unique interactive segments to create an explosive one-of-a-kind entertainment experience.   The critically acclaimed and award-winning show has been touring the world since 2005 and plans on performing over 60 shows in 2009.  TOUR DATES <> 
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