DAYTON, OH (May 20, 2019) – On Saturday, June 15, 2019 at 8 pm in the Mead Theatre of the Schuster Center, the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra transports Dayton to a new dimension with the DPO Special Event entitled Video Games Live™.

Video Games Live™ is an immersive concert experience featuring music from the most popular video games of all time. It’s the power and emotion of a symphony orchestra mixed with the excitement and energy of a rock concert mixed with the technology and interactivity of a video game! Video Games Live™ exposes new generations of music lovers and fans to the symphonic orchestral experience and offers a completely new and unique concert format for families of gamers and non-gamers alike.

The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra presents Video Games Live™ with exclusive video footage and music arrangements, synchronized lighting, solo performers, electronic percussionists, live action and on-stage interactive segments to create an explosive theatrical experience! The concert includes music from some of the most exciting video games leading the craze, including Mario, Zelda, Final Fantasy, Halo, Pokemon, Skyrim, Kingdom Hearts, Metal Gear Solid, Metroid, World of Warcraft, Okami and many more!

Video Games Live™ has been created, produced and hosted by world-renowned game industry veteran and superstar Tommy Tallarico. Tallarico has worked in the gaming industry as a designer, product manager, producer, writer, hardware executive, games tester and head of both music and video departments. An accomplished musician, Tallarico has been writing music for video games for over 30 years. He has won over 50 industry awards and has worked on more than 320 game titles; to date, they total sales of more than 200 million units and over $10 billion in revenue. In 2008, he was enshrined in the Guinness Book of World Records with a two-page feature article, and he currently holds five Guinness World Records, including the distinction as the person who has worked on the most commercially released video games and the largest symphony show ever seen live (over 752,000 people in China). In 2012 during the Game Developers Conference, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award, and he is honored in the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C., for his contributions to the game industry. Dayton Philharmonic is thrilled to invite Mr. Tallarico to the Schuster Center Stage for this concert event of the season!

A costume contest will be held at 7:00 pm prior to the concert in the Wintergarden of the Schuster Center. Preregistration for the contest will occur between 6:00 pm and 6:30 pm in the Wintergarden, and entries will be limited. There will be separate judging categories for adults and for children, and prizes will be awarded. Unfortunately, there will be no dressing rooms available. Be sure to come dressed as your favorite character and join in on the fun of the preconcert activities!

Video Games Live™ is an electrifying celebration of the entire video game industry that people of all ages will be sure to enjoy!

Tickets for Video Games Live™ start at $24 and are available at Ticket Center Stage (937) 228-3630 or online at www.daytonperformingarts.org. Senior, teacher and student discounts are available at the box office. For more information or to order subscriptions, including flexible subscription types that include performances by Dayton Philharmonic, Dayton Opera and Dayton Ballet, visit www.daytonperformingarts.org.

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About the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance
The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance was formed in July 2012 as the result of a groundbreaking and innovative merger between the Dayton Ballet, the Dayton Opera, and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. Together, they are the largest performing arts organization in the community, offering a tremendous variety of performance and education programs and setting a new standard for artistic excellence.  Dayton Performing Arts Alliance performances are made possible in part by Montgomery County and Culture Works, the single largest source of community funds for the arts and culture in the Miami Valley. The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance also receives partial funding from the Ohio Arts Council, a state agency created to foster and encourage the development of the arts and to preserve Ohio’s cultural heritage. Funding from the Ohio Arts Council is an investment of state tax dollars that promotes economic growth, educational excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohio residents. In 2013, The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance was thrilled to be one of five performing arts organizations in the country selected to receive a three-year “Music Alive” grant from New Music USA and the League of American Orchestras. The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance is the proud recipient of a 2017-2018 Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.