…love is in the air!!

Dear FINAL FANTASY Fans,

February is here and love is in the air. We have started a new fan page on Facebook and we’re already feeling the love from all of our fans. Stop by our Facebook page, post a comment on the wall, check out some concert photos and videos, or upload your own. We also have our own page on YouTube and this month’s contest involves videos and singing. We’d like your help creating a greeting to Uematsu-san from all of you.

We asked Nobuo-san what he loves about composing, he said, “Same as starting a new project with someone, writing, or making pasta from flour. I think I like to create something out of thin air.”

His favorite love song? Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge over Troubled Water”

Did you know that on Valentine’s Day in Japan, it is customary to give a gift to the men, instead of women? In honor of this tradition, we invite you to post yourself singing ‘Bridge over Troubled Water’ as a video response to our page on YouTube. We will send them to Uematsu-san, and contact one winner via YouTube to receive a free concert booklet.

New song, discounted hotel, and win free meet/greet tix in MSP!

We are introducing a new song in Minneapolis that hasn’t been played at any other Distant Worlds concerts. We won’t tell you the title yet, so you’ll just have to go to the concert to find out. To help you get there, we’ve secured a special room rate with the Doubletree Guest Suites Minneapolis, three blocks away from the Orpheum Theatre. The rate will be available until April 12th or until the group block is sold-out. Each guest room is available for $69. Book your reservation USING PROMO CODE “FAN” at ffdistantworlds.com/msphotel. (don’t worry, click on ‘book now’ and continue and it’ll have the correct rate.)

If you already have tickets to the Minneapolis show, email us at [email protected] for information about joining our street team. Put ‘MSP street team’ in the subject so we can respond right away. We need a 2-4 people in the Minneapolis area that can help out with the show and we have a free meet/greet pass available for each street team member selected.

Special guest: Susan Calloway in Grand Rapids!

We were so fortunate to record the title song from our CD, Distant Worlds: music from FINAL FANTASY with Detroit vocalist Susan Calloway. When we scheduled our Grand Rapids concert, we just had to invite her out as our guest. On April 14th, for the first time live with the Grand Rapids Symphony and Chorus, Susan will perform “Memoro de la Stono~Distant Worlds” from Final Fantasy XI.

“the voice of Susan…is a ray of light piercing through clouds”~music4games.net

“…the vocals propel that melody into a stunning melodic sequence.”~Squareenixmusic.com

Remember, you can now buy the full CD for only $14.99 on Amazon.com, including all of the beautiful artwork and personal greetings from Uematsu-san himself.
Check out Susan’s music on facebook, myspace, or at susancalloway.com.

Singapore, Taipei, and Baltimore tickets on sale
Singapore
Nobuo Uematsu attending
pre sale March 4-8
Esplanade Theater by the Bay
Distant Worlds: music from FINAL FANTASY will make its Asian premiere as part of the Singapore Arts festival for two concerts on May 22nd and 23rd at 7:30pm in the Esplanade Theatres on the Bay.

There is a special pre-sale available to ArtsFest Club members – March 4th-8th. Visit singaporeartsfest.com from March 4th to register as a member and enjoy immediate discounts. Membership is free. Tickets for the general public go on sale on March 9th, 2009 online at singaporeartsfest.com and sistic.com.sg or by phone at (65) 6348 555.
Know 15 people? Call the Festival Ticketing Office for group rates at (65) 6837 9589.
Ticket prices are SG$80 / SG$60 / SG$45 / SG$35 / SG$20

Preorder
Taipei, Taiwan
Nobuo Uematsu attending
on sale March 2
National Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall
Distant Worlds: music from FINAL FANTASY will make its Taiwan premiere in Taipei City on May 27 at 7:30pm at the historic National Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall.

We are absolutely stoked about performing in this venue! The history and the setting are truly wonderful. Tickets for Taipei go on sale March 2nd via artsticket.com/tw.
Ticket prices are $800 / $1200 / $1600 / $2000 / $2600 / $3200 (New Taiwan Dollars) For more information go to ffdistantworlds.com/taipei

Baltimore, MD
Baltimore Symphony
on sale March 2
Esplanade Theater by the Bay
Distant Worlds: music from FINAL FANTASY: Baltimore is confirmed! For one night only, now on June 27th at 8pm, Arnie Roth will conduct the Baltimore Symphony in Meyerhoff Symphony Hall.

Tickets go on sale March 2nd, at BSOmusic.org or by phone at 410-783-8000. This is going to be a breathtaking concert. The Baltimore Symphony is one of the finest orchestras on the East Coast, for that matter, the entire US. We will now be performing in Baltimore with the Baltimore Symphony in Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, a gorgeous venue known for its pristine acoustics. For the latest info go to ffdistantworlds.com/baltimore

Square Enix concert tribute in Germany!
Arnie Roth is coming to Germany again. After the amazing success of Symphonic Shades last year, he has been invited to conduct the WDR Radio Orchestra and the WDR Radio Choir on September 12, 2009 (Saturday) at the beautiful Philharmonic Hall in Cologne, Germany. Square Enix fans listen! This very special and unique concert is entitled Symphonic Fantasies – and entirely dedicated to Square Enix! 70+ minutes of music will be performed: from the Final Fantasy series, the Kingdom Hearts series, the Mana series, and the Chrono series.
It gets even better: three famous Japanese video game composers will be in attendance, joining a Meet and Greet. Act quickly if you are planning to attend as only a few tickets are left.

PLAYSTATION®3, Xbox 360
OMG! Our jaws dropped when we saw this trailer. Remember, Distant Worlds: music from FINAL FANTASY is the only concert where you can see the amazing graphics from games throughout the FINAL FANTASY series. Each concert is performed live by a full symphony orchestra and chorus. That’s right, no pre-recorded tracks, totally live! The FINAL FANTASY series has always been beautiful, but even we were stunned by what we saw. We are off to watch it again, in fact, and we suggest you do the same!
Tickets are going fast!

Minneapolis, MN
Sat, April 11th, 2009 – 8:00PM
Orpheum Theatre
Distant Worlds Philharmonic
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Singapore City, Singapore
May 22nd and 23rd, 2009 – 7:30PM

Esplanade Theatres on the Bay
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Seattle, WA
Fri, July 10th, 2009 – 8:00PM
Sat, July 11th, 2009 – 8:00PM
Benaroya Hall – S. Mark Taper Auditorium
Seattle Symphony
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Grand Rapids, MI
Tues, April 14th, 2009 – 7:30PM
DeVos Performance Hall
Grand Rapids Symphony
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Taipei, Taiwan
Wed, May 27th, 2009 – 7:30PM
Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall
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Baltimore, MD
Sat, June 27th, 2009 – 8:00PM
Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
Baltimore Symphony
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The Distant Worlds concerts are produced by composer Nobuo Uematsu, AWR Music Productions, and SQUARE ENIX CO., LTD.
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