Thursday, 28 April 2016
BREAKING NEWS! Kingdom Hearts Orchestra World Tour!
Hi everyone it's Xebs, just announced hours ago, SQUARE-ENIX have just released details of a "worldwide" symphony concert of Kingdom Hearts music. The concert will be touring in Tokyo, Paris, London, Singapore, Shanghai, Los Angeles and New York, but NOT IN AUSTRALIA OR NEW ZEALAND!!! *fire everywhere*.
A Message from the Director and the Music Composer
"The idea of a KINGDOM HEARTS concert has been in the works for several years, but even so, I was astonished to learn that our music would be performed by a full orchestra, in other countries no less. I’ve been given the opportunity to oversee the creation of the title, logo, and many other aspects of this amazing production, and as the director of the series, I am confident that what we’ve created will touch the hearts of our beloved fans everywhere.The World Tour is slated for 2017, the same year as the KINGDOM HEARTS 15th anniversary. In the meantime, fans will get a chance to explore the world of KINGDOM HEARTS II.8, which is coming out later this year. I hope the excitement and joy they get from the experience will only increase their anticipation for the release of KINGDOM HEARTS III."
Tetsuya Nomura, Director of the KINGDOM HEARTS series
“Please have a KINGDOM HEARTS orchestral concert.”
I heard this quite often, and it echoed my own feelings. I’ve wanted to have a concert for some time, and I’m happy to announce that it’s finally become a reality. When I began composing for the KINGDOM HEARTS series, I couldn’t even dream this day would come. But it has, thanks to our beloved fans. This concert and the music of KINGDOM HEARTS could not have existed without their undying support. I can’t thank them enough. The concert will encompass my feelings toward the series and those dear to me around the world. I look forward to seeing everyone there!
Yoko Shimomura, Composer for the KINGDOM HEARTS series
About the KINGDOM HEARTS series
Directed by Tetsuya Nomura, and developed jointly by Disney and Square Enix, the first KINGDOM HEARTS video game was released on March 28, 2002 on PlayStation 2. Now with over 25 million copies sold over 8 games and multiple platforms, the series has received worldwide acclaim. While the main protagonist, Sora, travels alongside Goofy and Donald, players can expect to meet more than 100 Disney characters and worlds (Beauty and the Beast, Hercules, Aladdin, The Lion King, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, The Little Mermaid, The Nightmare Before Christmas and more) and numerous heroes and villains from the FINAL FANTASY video game franchise.
With fantastic compositions by game composer Yoko Shimomura (Legend of Mana, Parasite Eve, Street Fighter II, Xenoblade Chronicles, etc.), music is a prominent element of KINGDOM HEARTS. The soundtrack’s main theme featured hit songs from Japan’s best-selling pop artist, Utada Hikaru. The single Hikari, from KINGDOM HEARTS I, topped Japanese Oricon music chart for weeks, was 2002’s tenth best-selling single, and was certified Double-Platinum. The single Passion from KINGDOM HEARTS II was also certified Gold by the RIAJ.
The next major release, KINGDOM HEARTS III, which will conclude the saga on PlayStation 4, is eagerly awaited. While the millions of fans are waiting, the mobile game prequel KINGDOM HEARTS Unchained X was just released on Android and iOS, and “KINGDOM HEARTS HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue” is expected on PS4 later in 2016, which will include an HD remaster of Dream Drop Distance as well as the KINGDOM HEARTS X Back Cover.
About Disney Concerts
Disney Concerts is part of Disney Music Group, the music arm of The Walt Disney Company. Disney Concerts, a division of ABC Inc. licenses Disney music and content to symphony orchestras all over the world. Disney Concerts currently licenses 14 different concert packages including, Fantasia, Pixar In Concert, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Alice In Wonderland, Frozen, Ratatouille, The Pirates of the Caribbean series (episodes I-IV), and Silly Symphonies, which last year accounted for approximately 325 performances in some of the world’s top venues, including, Lincoln Center, Royal Albert Hall, Sydney Opera House, Tokyo Forum and the Hollywood Bowl.
Click Here to purchase tickets (until they sell out).
If I hear any Australian of New Zealand tour, I'll keep you guys noted.