Much like movie soundtracks, video-game scores exist on a sliding scale that ranges from revered high art to gimmicky novelty (see: Sega's blue-hedgehog anthem, "They Call Me Sonic"). The Final Fantasy video-game series features iconic scores -- perhaps the most highly regarded body of work of its kind -- and was the first to be adapted for a symphony orchestra outside of Japan. The game's composer, Nobuo Uematsu, brings Final Fantasy's many otherworldly realms to life through sweeping scores and video imaging fraught with the eerie, fragile beauty that's come to define the franchise. Enjoy its aural appeal this weekend at Distant Worlds: The Music of Final Fantasyon Friday, March 23, and Saturday, March 24, at 7:30 p.m. at Powell Symphony Hall (718 North Grand Boulevard; 314-533-2500 or www.stlsymphony.org). Each night of the tour's two-show stop in St. Louis features different selections from the series' scores, so snag tickets ($35 to $80) to both performances for a complete not-of-this-world trip.
March 23-24, 2012