Media Release - Distant Worlds: music from FINAL FANTASY

Distant Worlds Returns to Singapore after 7 Years

South-east Asia debut of new songs and scores in this global multimedia concert phenomenon

Distant Worlds: music from FINAL FANTASY symphony concert world tour returns to Singapore after seven years. The global multimedia concert phenomenon, featuring the music of FINAL FANTASY, will hold a one-night only performance at the Star Theatre on 3 December 2016. Presented by Avex Asia, Distant Worlds showcases the music of Japanese video game composer Nobuo Uematsu and is conducted by Grammy Award-winning conductor Arnie Roth. With exclusive HD video content from legendary game developers SQUARE ENIX, the multimedia experience combines stirring screen images to match the soaring emotions of a symphony orchestra. The Metropolitan Festival Orchestra, Singapore’s only fully-independent professional symphony orchestra, will perform music from the world-renowned FINAL FANTASY video game series.

After two sold-out concerts during its debut in Singapore in 2009, Distant Worlds returns to South-east Asia with fresh arrangements of music from throughout the 25+ years of the FINAL FANTASY catalogue. Songs making a South-east Asian premiere include (confirmed to date):


• FINAL FATASY VII: Cosmo Canyon


• FINAL FANTASY IX: Roses of May

• FINAL FANTASY XIV: Torn From The Heavens

The Singapore concert follows the recent screening of the “Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV” movie in Singapore. The highly anticipated worldwide release of FINAL FANTASY XV, the role-playing video game 10 years in the making, is also slated to be released in 2016. Music plays an integral role in today’s games, enhancing the players’ overall experience. While still a growing market, video game soundtracks are sold in major outlets and include a variety of genres such as rock, hip-hop, electronica, classical compositions, and songs performed by popular artists. The FINAL FANTASY soundtracks, which are original compositions, have grown so popular that TIME magazine named series composer Nobuo Uematsu a notable “Innovator” in its “Time 100: the Next Wave Music” feature.

Tickets for the Singapore concert will be available via all Sistic platforms starting 26 August 2016. To purchase tickets online, please check out For more information on Distant Worlds, please check out

■ Tour Title

Distant Worlds: music from FINAL FANTASY - Singapore 2016

■ Details on Singapore Performance

December 3, 7.30pm (Doors open from 6.30pm) – The Star Theatre – On Sale August 26.


Ticket Prices: $55 - $215

■ Distant Worlds Official Website


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. Nobuo Uematsu has been recognized as a major contributor in the increasing appreciation and awareness of video game music. A prime example is the "FINAL FANTASY VIII" theme song, "Eyes on Me,” composed and produced by him. His song featured Hong Kong pop star Faye Wong and sold a record 400,000 copies. It also won "Song of the Year (Western Music)" at the 14th Annual Japan Gold Disc Awards in 1999, which was the first time in history that music from a video game had attained this illustrious honor. The music from the game series has grown to such notoriety, Nobuo Uematsu was named as 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, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Dallas Symphony, the Houston Symphony, the BBC Symphony, the Czech National Philharmonic Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, the San Diego Symphony, the Winnipeg Symphony, the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, the Detroit Symphony, the Ravinia Festival Orchestra, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, the Tokyo Philharmonic and the Sydney Symphony.

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.” He was the winner of the Best Score Award at the 2003 DVD Premier Awards for his score for the film Barbie™ as Rapunzel and was nominated for an Emmy in 2007 for his original song “Shine” from the movie Barbie™ in The Twelve Dancing Princesses. Roth has produced dozens of best-selling CD’s. For more information, visit .


The Metropolitan Festival Orchestra (MFO) is Singapore’s only fully-independent professional symphony orchestra. The MFO is inspired by its philosophy that the orchestra is a powerful tool for bringing people together through the experience of music, and is constantly breaking new grounds through its forward-looking programmes.

Notable international collaborations include performances with the Korea National Opera, Tan Dun, Lang Lang, Kitaro, Paul Anka and Il Divo. Other groundbreaking programmes include the Southeast Asian and Asian premieres of live-to-projection performances of Howard Shore's full soundtrack score to the first 2 movies of the The Lord of the Rings trilogy; the Southeast Asian premiere of Disney’s most successful live orchestra concert production – Disney on Classic; collaborations with top Singaporean pop talents as part of the Sing50 mega-concert at the National Stadium; and the wildly-successful Star Wars & Beyond concert experience at the Marina Bay Sands.

The MFO supports the development of local young music talent as the resident accompanying orchestra of the National Piano & Violin Competition. As a partner of INSEAD – The Business School for the World, the MFO presents a series of specialised executive training modules, and runs an in-house Sounds of Leadership workshop, all of which use the orchestra as a model of a high performance organisation to impart important concepts such as leadership, communication and collaboration in business organisations.

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