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Video Game Orchestra

October 13th, 2007

An orchestra plays along to a visual backdrop of video games. As classical music becomes more and more stale with each passing year, I think it is important for these old institutions to embrace contemporary culture in a thoughtful way. This performance may seem a bit gimicky but the audience’s reaction and interaction is something that does not often happen during a classical music concert. This audience felt they had permission to laugh, and cheer during their favorite parts of the performance, and that is what is important. Generally classic music attendees are supposed to have a passionless, cold experience, and certainly not exclaim their connection to the music being played. Everyone laughed and cheered during this performance of video game sounds and music because it was something that they all had a connection with in one way or another.

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