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Place des Arts will host music from titles like Pokemon and The Legend of Zelda and has plans for a Harry Potter concert later this year.
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If you’re the type to either hum themes from games like Halo, Super Mario, The Legend of Zelda or Pokemon, or your mind’s suddenly transported down a nostalgic rabbit hole when you hear them, you’re in luck: a chamber ensemble will be performing OPENWORLD at Laval’s Salle André-Mathieu May 23 and at Place des Arts’ Maison symphonique downtown May 30.
The event promises to include pieces from classic titles of the 1990s as well as music from more recent titles, performed by the city’s premier film concert orchestra Orchestre FILMharmonique. The group has been behind concerts of music from such films as Star Wars: A New Hope and Lord of the Rings in the past. As with those performances, spectators can expect visual aids on-screen.
Not to knock the work of classical masters, but the events follow a growing trend of orchestras playing music to captivate younger demographics.
Case in point: If you’re a Montrealer who’s interest is more than piqued by concerts of video game and movie music, it’s worth noting that Place des Arts intends to host a Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows™ Part 1 in Concert event in September; that performance was originally slated to occur in 2020, but had to be postponed.
Tickets are still on sale for both events; the May 23 show in Laval’s Salle André-Mathieu can be found here, and the May 30 show at Place des Arts’ Maison symphonique can be found here.
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