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A New World: intimate music from FINAL FANTASY **SPECIAL ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION**

From the team that brought you Distant Worlds: music from FINAL FANTASY, the FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE: Orchestra World Tour, NieR:Orchestra Concert and more, AWR Music Productions is proud to present a *SPECIAL NEW PROGRAM* of music to celebrate the 35th Anniversary of FINAL FANTASY performed by A New World: intimate music from FINAL FANTASY live in concert. Under the direction of Eric Roth, the New World Players chamber ensemble performs exclusive arrangements from throughout the FINAL FANTASY series in the thrillingly personal style of this outstanding musical production.

A New World: intimate music from FINAL FANTASY has performed spectacular concerts for spellbound audiences on four continents since its 2014 debut. Beloved musical selections from composers Nobuo Uematsu, Masashi Hamauzu, Naoshi Mizuta, Hitoshi Sakimoto, Yoko Shimomura, and Masayoshi Soken are performed in a transparent and engaging format, achieving an astounding variety of musical textures and moods. The A New World experience is fresh every time, drawing audiences deeper into the musical worlds of FINAL FANTASY.

  • A New World: intimate music from FINAL FANTASY **SPECIAL ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION** takes place on Friday, November 18 at Anime NYC
  • The concert begins at 3 PM in our Special Events Hall
  • A concert ticket and a Friday or 3-Day Badge to Anime NYC is required to attend
  • General concert tickets are $15
  • VIP concert tickets are $35 and include premium seating in front of the stage, a collectible poster, and autograph session with conductor Eric Roth

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Photo Credit: Christina Ramirez, 2022

About The Conductor and Music Director

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AWR Music’s Eric Roth is a formidable musical force: a music director/conductor, an orchestrator/arranger, a producer of concerts and recordings, a composer of original music, and much more.  

Eric is the music director and chief arranger for A New World: intimate music from FINAL FANTASY, the chamber music ensemble concert production by AWR Music Productions and video game developer SQUARE ENIX. Since premiering in 2014, the production has performed hundreds of concerts on four continents and released two acclaimed full-length recordings. He is also the associate music director and an orchestrator/arranger for Distant Worlds: music from FINAL FANTASY, the global live orchestral performance phenomenon. In 2018, he created the OPENWORLD ensemble to represent the broad scope of video game music, with many successful performances at community and culture conventions in North America and beyond. In 2020, Eric was the music director and conductor for the incredible sold-out world premiere of Undertale LIVE featuring the music from Toby Fox’s hit video game. Eric was also the lead orchestrator/arranger and produced the subsequent album. 

Eric was the primary conductor of the orchestra for “Weird Al” Yankovic’s historic Strings Attached Tour in 2019, performing dozens of monumental multimedia shows throughout the United States and Canada. Eric also conducted the once-in-a-lifetime Surprise, Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular! concert at the United Center in Chicago with a roster of performers that included Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Patti LaBelle, Usher, Kristin Chenoweth, Jamie Foxx, and Josh Groban. He has also worked as a conductor on projects with Five for Fighting, Seal, Jewel, Dennis DeYoung and Stevie Nicks, and has conducted many prominent symphony orchestras and other ensembles around the world.  

Other orchestration/arranging credits include two best-selling Mannheim Steamroller Christmas Symphony albums, the Pat Benatar/Neil Giraldo orchestra production with the Pittsburgh Symphony, KC and the Sunshine Band with the Memphis Symphony, Five For Fighting orchestra and string quartet productions, Twelve Doors: Tribute to Noriyuki Iwadare, and much more.

Eric’s original music includes The RPG National Anthem Variations, a theme and variations based on Nobuo Uematsu’s “Main Theme from FINAL FANTASY” for guitar virtuoso Sam Griffin, music for the dynamic harmonica/piano duo Konstantin Reinfeld/Benyamin Nuss, music for the documentary film Baseball’s Been Very, Very Good to Me: The Minnie Minoso Story, music for Curious George’s Dictionary, an award-winning application for mobile devices, and much more. He’s also released his original music on albums such as Battery and Program16. Other original music includes Lyceum for percussion ensemble and solo recitation, The Clark Street Bridge Project for 80+ percussionists, and Secret Cheese commissioned for live performance at the Tate Modern in London.

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