Pacers Sports & Entertainment and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Partner to Bring VIDEO GAMES LIVE to Conseco Fieldhouse Aug. 7, 2010

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Scheduled during Gen Con Indy, the award-winning show features the music from the most popular video games synchronized to cutting edge video screen visuals, state-of-the art lighting, and special on-stage audience interactive segments.

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This concert is an extraordinary symphonic and visual experience – a must for video gamers and anyone who loves total sensory overload!

Jim Morris, president of Pacers Sports & Entertainment, and Simon Crookall, president of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, announced today their partnership in bringing the award-winning concert VIDEO GAMES LIVE to Conseco Fieldhouse on Saturday, Aug. 7, 2010 at 7:30 p.m. VIDEO GAMES LIVE, a multimedia concert featuring music from the most popular video games of all time, will be held during the annual Gen Con Indy convention in Indianapolis (Aug. 5-8), which attracts more than 28,000 gamers each year. In addition, Pacers Sports & Entertainment and the ISO will promote the event to local gamers, non-gamers and families alike.

“We’re excited to partner with our colleagues at the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra to bring VIDEO GAMES LIVE to Conseco Fieldhouse,” said Jim Morris. “There’s no better place for this tremendous cultural asset to showcase its talent than at the best community gathering place in our city,” he said.

VIDEO GAMES LIVE presents the best music and exclusive synchronized video clips from the most popular games from the beginning of video gaming to the present. Performed by the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra for the first time in Conseco Fieldhouse, the show combines exclusive video footage and music arrangements with synchronized lighting, solo performers, stage show production, special FX, electronic percussionists and interactive segments. Audience members are invited to come up and compete while the orchestra plays the music in synchronization with the visuals on screen. A pre-concert festival with game demonstrations and competition, costume contests and prizes and a post-show meet-and-greet is open to all ticketholders.

“This concert is an extraordinary symphonic and visual experience – a must for video gamers and anyone who loves total sensory overload!” said Simon Crookall. “There is no better place to perform this than Conseco Fieldhouse, and the ISO is honored to work with our friends at the Pacers to bring this event to our community and to our Gen Con visitors.”

For 2010, VIDEO GAMES LIVE represents franchises including Mario™, Zelda®, Halo®, Final Fantasy®, Warcraft®, Sonic™, Metal Gear Solid®, Kingdom Hearts, Chrono Trigger™, Chrono Cross™, Myst®, Tron, Castlevania®, Medal of Honor™, God of War™, BioShock™, Civilization IV, Tomb Raider®, Harry Potter™, Beyond Good & Evil™, Advent Rising, EverQuest® II, Monkey Island, Earthworm Jim, Pac-Man, Conan, Headhunter, Splinter Cell®, Ghost Recon™, Rainbow Six®, Jade Empire, Metroid, Contra, Guitar Hero™ and a special Classic Arcade Medley featuring over 20+ games from Pong® to Donkey Kong® including such classics as Dragon's Lair, Tetris, Frogger, Ghosts 'n Goblins, Gauntlet, Space Invaders and Outrun.

VIDEO GAMES LIVE creators, composers and executive producers Tommy Tallarico and Jack Wall are personally involved in every show. Aside from producing, Jack is on stage for every show conducting the orchestra while Tommy is the host, emcee and performs on guitar. The video game industry puts on the show to help encourage and support the art and culture that video games have become. VIDEO GAMES LIVE bridges a gap for entertainment by exposing new generations of music lovers and fans to the symphonic orchestral experience while also providing a completely new and unique experience for families and non-gamers.

In 2010, VIDEO GAMES LIVE and PBS joined forces to create an exclusive nationwide PBS special based around the highly successful Video Games Live concert series. The program is scheduled to begin airing July 31.

Recently described by the New York Times as “Captivating!” and “Bombastic!,” the record breaking and award winning Video Games Live has continued its mission to demonstrate to the world how artistic and culturally significant video games and their music have become. Performing to sold-out crowds around the globe, Video Games Live has been thrilling gamers, families and mainstream audiences since its initial inception in 2002.

Tickets for VIDEO GAMES LIVE at Conseco Fieldhouse are $46, $34, $24 and $15 and are on sale now at the Conseco Fieldhouse Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, online at Ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000. For more information, visit ConsecoFieldhouse.com.

Contacts:
Jessica Di Santo, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
(317) 229-7082
jdisanto(at)indianapolissymphony(dot)org

Tim Northcutt, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
(317) 262-4904
tnorthcutt(at)indianapolissymphony(dot)org

Krissy Myers, Pacers Sports & Entertainment
(317) 917-2869
kmyers(at)pacers(dot)com

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