I consider myself lucky to be able to enjoy a three full hours of brilliant musical performance on japanese anime and games. All the songs were arranged and performed in a very vibrant orchestration of something that, I believe, have a different, or if at all better, from the original soundtracks. I know, i know!! I’m just probably exaggerating here. But definitely the Eminence Symphony Orchestra was one of the most synchronized and lively orchestra I’ve ever been to (I’ve only been to three so far).
Although I’m not familiar with most of the songs played during the concert, it was quite easy to relate the song to the anime/game as their visuals were revealed on the big screen while the music was playing. Out of all, I had only known three songs, from FF7, Chrono Cross, and Mario Bros. They did know how to “save the best for last”. The official last song of the concert was a credit/staff-roll theme from Kingdom Hearts. I was a bit disappointed on this. Not because they didn’t play well. They did! It was just that I never played Kingdom Hearts, thus I wasn’t familiar with the song. But!!! Someone from the last row shouted “ENCORE!!”, followed by the rest of the audience. Have you ever wondered when every time something like this happened that it was all just an act? That the guy might just be one of the guy they hired to shout “ENCORE!!”???? I know, i know! I’m just being a nitwit. Go away evil thoughts!!!
Anyway, so they played the encore. The song was from Chrono Cross (the second song that I know throughout the whole concert). It was very well played. But it wasn’t this one that really impressed me. After the song finished, the conductor told us they were going to throw in another encore, this time the choir included. I wondered… *doki doki* … just right after they played the second bar count, I know straightaway. It was the Sephiroth theme from FF7!!!!! It was one of my most favourite songs of all time. Holy cow!! To think that I could finally hear the orchestral version of Sephiroth, that really made my night! I could ask for nothing else from this concert. I really wanna thank you Eminence for being so kind to throw the Sephiroth theme at the end. That was a really good closing encore. For sure I’m going again next year
Well, if you’re going too…. let me know