It’s not often we get to see the process of symphony orchestras providing the soundtrack to video games, but if you happen to live near California State University Northridge, you have the chance to see — and hear — just that on May 9th, when Garry Schyman’s music from both Bioshock and Dante’s Inferno will be performed live in concert.
From the Press Release:
Garry Schyman’s award-winning music from the video games BioShock, BioShock 2 and Dante’s Inferno will be performed by the Media Composition and Studio Ensemble full orchestra at Plaza del Sol Performance Hall, California State University Northridge on May 9, 2011. The concert program also includes the first public performance of Schyman’s Viola Concerto “Zingaro” (Second Movement) featuring renowned viola soloist Andrew Duckles.
“This year we are thrilled to have Garry Schyman, award-winning composer for video games (BioShock and Dante’s Inferno) as our guest. The concert will include music from Garry’s video game scores performed live to picture,” explains Elizabeth Sellers, Founding Director, Media Composition and Studio Ensemble.
The Studio Ensemble is a lab band/orchestra for the Media Composition program at CSUN. Their spring concerts feature full orchestra with both professional and student performers. The concert program features the following Garry Schyman music selections:
BioShock 2 Suite
“Bathysphere” – BioShock 2
“Pairbond” – BioShock 2 Theme
“Dancers On A String” – BioShock
“How She Sees The World” – BioShock 2
“Cohen’s Masterpiece” – BioShock
“The Second Circle” – Dante’s Inferno
“Storm of Lust” – Dante’s Inferno
“Donasdogama Micma” – Dante’s Inferno
“Bella’s Secret Revealed” – Dante’s Inferno
“The Queen of Hell” – Dante’s Inferno
“Redemption” – Dante’s Inferno
“Beatrice Taken” – Dante’s Inferno
“Zingaro” (Second Movement) featuring soloist Andrew Duckles
“Eleanor’s Darkness” – BioShock 2
As creator of the music for the multiple award-winning video game BioShock, Schyman was awarded Best Original Score from the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences, Spike TV’s Best Original Video Game Score Award, G4 TV’s Soundtrack of the Year, and Game Audio Network Guild Awards for Music of the Year, Best Interactive Score, and Best Original Instrumental.
In BioShock you are a castaway in Rapture, an underwater Utopia torn apart by civil war. Caught between powerful forces, and hunted down by genetically modified “splicers” and deadly security systems, you have to come to grips with a deadly, mysterious world filled with powerful technology and fascinating characters. To immerse players in this captivating and haunting world, Schyman crafted a combination of aleatoric elements, early 20th century writing, musique concrète, traditional tonal, and late romantic styles. The score, recorded with a live orchestra at historic Capitol Studios in Hollywood, features solo violin, cello, and piano performances. Download the BioShock score here.
Following the worldwide critical success of BioShock, Garry Schyman was assigned by Electronic Arts to create the hellish, dramatic score for Visceral Games’ adaptation of Dante Alighieri’s epic poem, Dante’s Inferno. The orchestral score and chorus were recorded at the world famous Abbey Road Studios in London with the Philharmonia Orchestra and the Metro Voices Singers.
PLAZA DEL SOL PERFORMANCE HALL (click for info)
18111 Nordhoff Street, Los Angeles, CA 91330
FREE Admission, Tickets Required
Ticket Office: 818-677-2488
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