Distant Worlds Concert – Music from FINAL FANTASY: Photos

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.

17 Comments to “Distant Worlds Concert – Music from FINAL FANTASY: Photos”

  1. Fabrice says:

    Wow ive never been to a concert like that >.<
    makes me even more jealous cause its final fantasy D:

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    Reltair Reply:

    I’m sure you will in the future. ^^

    On the other hand, you got to go to Athens!

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  2. Somewhat hoping to be able to go to the San Diego concert, but things have been kind of busy as of late so I won’t be able to make it. I did go to the Dear Friends one years ago and had a great experience there, so glad you got to join in some of the goodness.

    LOLed at some of the people bringing in non-Uematsu works to sign. Never fails to get a laugh out of me :3

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    Reltair Reply:

    Sorry to hear you won’t be able to make it. Yeah, finally got to join the goodness. 🙂

    There’s always those uninformed casuals, right? It’s not even that hard to Google/Wiki first, meh.

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    Canne Reply:

    I would feel kind of down if I were Uematsu but at least she enjoyed the music 🙂

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    Reltair Reply:

    He didn’t seem like he minded that much, but maybe just didn’t show it.

    Yup, all that matters is that she enjoyed the music.

  3. guuzen says:

    Lol I wonder what was going through Nubuo’s mind when he signed that strategy guide XD

    “give me the FFXIV one! not this!”

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    Reltair Reply:

    He was probably thinking, “FFXIII, I didn’t work on this…oh well”.

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  4. Yi says:

    “He stared at it for a few seconds and signed it anyways (Masashi Hamauzu composed FFXIII’s soundtrack, not Nobuo Uematsu).”
    Haha. That’s gotta be a bit awkward.

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    Reltair Reply:

    Yeah, I don’t think the girl realized anything was wrong. Still amusing for us spectators though.

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    ippius Reply:

    lol that’s hilarious.

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  5. Archus says:

    I’m catching it in Toronto, I’m so excited!

    Admittedly though, as much as I have enjoyed many aspects of the series, I honestly have little claim to my ticket beyond appreciating great music (I’ve never played any of the games through to completion).

    Never having had a Gameboy or Playstation, I’ve had to live those few encounters largly vicariously but that doesnt mean I dont appreciate the, well, majesty of the series.

    If anyone has any words of advice to an outsider on how to better enjoy the concert (short of playing though 13 games + sequels + sidestories), I’d be glad to hear them

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    Reltair Reply:

    Good for you! I’m sure you’ll love it.

    My advice would be to just clear your mind of outside worries beforehand. Then just sit back and fully immerse yourself in the music.

    You don’t have to have played the games to enjoy the music, but it helps I guess. Maybe listen to some of the songs if you’re not familiar with them? *shrug*

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  6. Yoshi says:

    Omg you’re soo lucky to do the meet and greet! I got a couple of tickets for the orchestra which is going to be in a month =D what was Nobuo like? And how were the front row seats? was it much of a neck strain as I’ve heard?

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    Reltair Reply:

    He was pretty quiet, but nice. Sitting in the very front wasn’t ideal since you don’t get a full view of the orchestra. Plus, there was a bit of neck strain. The best would be a couple rows behind the front and in the center. 🙂

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    Yoshi Reply:

    Ah I see, he sounds nice =D Thanks for the info about the seating position. I just notice that you wrote this about 2 years ago xD I appreciate the fact that you replied to my message =D Thanks

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    Reltair Reply:

    No problem, I hope you enjoy it! 🙂

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