Back to the Future: Two Generations of Film and Video Game Composers, with Alan Silvestri

Friday / April 1, 2011 / 8:30 p.m.
Symphony Hall, Boston
310 Massachusetts Ave
United States

Berklee's Film Scoring Department, students, alumni, and staff present an evening of music from celebrated movies and video games. With Boston's historic Symphony Hall as the setting, the concert features the Video Game Orchestra, directed by guitarist Shota Nakama and conducted by Yohei Sato.

Special guest conductors include Grammy winner and Oscar nominee Alan Silvestri; Emmy winner Daniel Carlin (Berklee's chair of film scoring); Golden Knight winner Lucas Vidal; composer for the popular video game Chrono Trigger Yasunori Mitsuda; and video game composer Wataru Hokoyama, whose credits include AFRIKA and Resident Evil. The concert also features a performance by the 90-member world pop music group, Rhythm of the Universe

The program features acclaimed music from popular film, television, and video games by Berklee-affiliated artists Alan Silvestri, Howard Shore, Georges Delerue, Alf Clausen, Wataru Hokoyama, Yasunori Mitsuda, Lucas Vidal, and others. Additional featured performers include talented musicians from the Berklee community, such as composer/conductor Keith Murray and conductor Simone Scazzocchio.

The Video Game Orchestra (VGO), comprised of Boston-area college students and graduates, was formed in 2008 by Berklee alumnus Shota Nakama. Musicians from 20 countries make up the large contemporary ensemble, which has performed in New England for audiences as large as 7500.  

Rhythm of the Universe (ROTU), founded in 2010 at Berklee by Berklee student Emir Cerman, is comprised of musicians from 90 countries. The organization promotes collaboration between people of many cultures who might otherwise be separated by political, religious, or geographical barriers. The performance will be conducted by Simone Scazzocchio. ROTU's first single was composed by Turkish composer Emir Cerman.