Wednesday, February 20, 2008


Game and Animation students at Flashpoint Academy, Chicago’s premier digital media arts college, will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet Nobuo Uematsu at the only private appearance which he will make during his visit to Chicago. Uematsu-san will be joined at Flashpoint by musical director/composer Arnie Roth of the Chicagoland Pops Orchestra for an exclusive video/audio presentation with a Q&A session prior to Uematsu-san's sold-out concert at The Rosemont Theatre where new music from the “Distant Worlds: Music from FINAL FANTASY” will be played for the first time in Chicago.

Uematsu is in Chicago for his concert commemorating the 20th anniversary of the release of the first FINAL FANTASY® game to hit the market. The two-hour program produced by Uematsu and AWR Music Productions LLC, including new FINAL FANTASY music, will be conducted by Grammy Award-winning Arnie Roth, Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Chicagoland Pops Orchestra. For more information, visit

Nobuo Uematsu is one of the most celebrated composers in the video game field. He has achieved global recognition for his work on the FINAL FANTASY series that has been performed by world-class orchestras around the world. Uematsu has been recognized as a major contributor in the increasing appreciation and awareness of video game music. The music from the game series has grown to such notoriety that Nobuo Uematsu was named one of the “Innovators” in Time Magazine’s “Time 100: The Next Wave Music” feature.

Music Director Arnie Roth is a Grammy-winning artist known for his work with performers including Il Divo, Diana Ross, Jewel, The Irish Tenors, Charlotte Church, Peter Cetera and Dennis DeYoung. Roth has conducted the London Symphony Orchestra, the National Symphony, the Atlanta Symphony, the Hollywood Bowl Philharmonic and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, among numerous others. Roth is well known in the world of video game music for his work with Nobuo Uematsu and Square Enix as Music Director and Conductor of the “Dear Friends: music from FINAL FANTASY,” “More Friends: music from FINAL FANTASY,” “VOICES: Music from FINAL FANTASY,” as well as his role as Music Director and Conductor of “PLAY! A Video Game Symphony.” Roth has produced dozens of best selling CDs. For more information, visit

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