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Classical Pick of the Week: From Virtual Reality to Reality

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Video Games Live is a popular concert that features music from some of the greatest video games of all time. It's perfect for the whole family, you can bring out the inner nerd in you (or your child) at a concert featuring live music, videos, synchronized lighting, and some live action. With tunes from Mario, Zelda, Halo, Final Fantasy, Warcraft, Tron, Donkey Kong, Tetris, and Space Invaders, feel free to reminisce about the old days of playing video games at the laundromat or on your spoiled friend's new NES. Bond with your children with tales of games that used to be in 2-D or amaze them with stories of when games were all about substance rather than style. You can also impress your friends (real or imaginary) with anecdotes about some of these great composers (Tallarico, Wall, Uematsu, Kondo) that you'll get to hear.

Over 250,000 people have experienced this phenomenon; in addition to the concert, expect game demos, costume contests, and prizes! If you decide to dress up make sure that it does not obstruct the view of people behind you at the concert (unless you plan on sampling games all day). Although purists might scoff at the notion of a video game concert, it is a good opportunity for classical music lovers to help expand the audience to a newer and younger generation. Tickets are available here or at the box office. The concert is at the Greek Theatre on Thursday at 8 PM. If this isn't for you, there is always Sundays Live. This concert features Latin-infused rhythms/themes of composers like Ginastera and PIazzolla.