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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.

And as a very special treat for fans at Anime NYC, FINAL FANTASY XV and Kingdom Hearts composer Yoko Shimomura will make a rare in-person appearance at the concert.

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
  • Concert includes a special appearance by Yoko Shimomura
  • A concert ticket and a Friday or 3-Day Badge to Anime NYC is required to attend
  • General Admission concert tickets are $15
  • General Admission Plus concert tickets are $30 and include a pre-signed poster from conductor Eric Roth
  • SOLD OUT! VIP concert tickets are $35 and include premium seating in front of the stage, a collectible poster, and autograph session with conductor Eric Roth and Yoko Shimomoura

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About The Composer

Composer and pianist Yoko Shimomura joined Japanese video game production company SQUARE in 1993 after graduating from Osaka Music School. Previous to her employment with SQUARE, Yoko worked for Capcom, where she composed the majority of the score to the legendary fighting game Street Fighter II: The World Warrior. Since that time, she has composed many well-known video game scores, including works for Front Mission, Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, Parasite Eve, Legend of Mana, and, most notably, the Kingdom Hearts series.

Shimomura made her debut as a FINAL FANTASY series music composer with Hataraku Chocobo, although her first major contribution to the series was the score for Final Fantasy XV, released in 2016. Yoko continues to work as a freelance composer for SQUARE ENIX and others, having now composed music from over 45 video games and counting.

About The Conductor and Music Director

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Eric Roth 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 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 Suprise, 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. Visit www.ffnewworld.com/about for more.

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