I attended both nights of the Distant Worlds Concert. The first night I was sitting in the First Tier, and the second night I was in the front row Orchestra Level.
We arrived an hour early and sat there waiting for the concert to start.
This was the first concert I have attended that was actually held in a real concert hall. I noticed many of the seats were empty when the concert started, but I recall those seats being sold out online. Are people normally late or don’t show up at all?
Nobuo Uematsu made his entrance with a spotlight on him and sat with the audience in the center area of the Orchestra Level.
The starting piece for both nights was “Opening – Bombing Mission” (FINAL FANTASY VII). Between both nights, the orchestra played the entire Distant Worlds II album along with other well-known pieces from the Final Fantasy games. They ended with “One Winged Angel” (FINAL FANTASY VII) and asked the audience to sing the lyrics – with mixed results. There was a lot of laughter and the singing wasn’t that loud, but it was a good attempt.
Afterward, I went to the Meet and Greet with Arnie Roth, Nobuo Uematsu, and Susan Calloway.
There was a girl in front of me that brought a FFXIII Collector’s Edition Strategy Guide for Nobuo to autograph. He stared at it for a few seconds and signed it anyways (Masashi Hamauzu composed FFXIII’s soundtrack, not Nobuo Uematsu).
This concert was simply amazing. Arnie Roth and the San Francisco Symphony put on a great performance. Susan Calloway also did a good job singing a few of the pieces.
The Distant Worlds concert is still on their worldwide tour, so be sure to attend if they’re in your area. I highly recommend it.