Professor Andy Brick (Distinguished Industry Associate Professor, Music and Technology) from the College of Arts & Letters at Stevens Institute of Technology conducted a performance of PLAY! A Video Game Symphony, a popular concert series featuring virtuoso renditions of orchestral video game scores, on October 12, 2013 at the Holland Center in Omaha, Nebraska.
Professor Brick is the Music Director and Principal Conductor of PLAY!, a highly successful series of multimedia-rich concerts that has entertained audiences around the world. Performed by full orchestra and choir, the concert features award-winning music from a catalogue of blockbuster video game titles. To accompany the scores, crowd-pleasing screens throughout the concert space highlight memorable moments from the video games.
"This spectacular concert attracts people of all generations to some of the world's greatest concert halls," says Maestro Andy Brick, who made history by conducting the world's first symphonic game music concert, with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra, in 2003. Sold-out venues and enthusiastic crowds have been a hallmark of PLAY! since the series was founded five years ago, demonstrating that video game fans and music lovers alike are intrigued by this inventive performance.
Andy Brick is a prolific symphonist. He has composed, conducted and orchestrated music for such blockbuster film and video game titles as The Little Mermaid II, The Lady and The Tramp II, Sim City: Rush Hour, Stranglehold, Sims 2, Warhammer, Civilization V, and Mafia 2. His score for the animated short "Runaway" helped that film earn a 2012 Academy Award nomination and his score for the independent film SHIFT can be heard as part of the permanent film exhibition at the Miami Museum of Contemporary Art. In 2003 Brick set a historic milestone conducting the Czech National Symphony Orchestra in the world’s first symphonic game music concert at the Gewandhaus, Leipzig Germany. Since then he has performed in concert with many world renowned orchestras including The Seattle Symphony, The National Symphony of the United State, The North Carolina Symphony, The Vancouver Symphony, and The Calgary Philharmonic. At Stevens, Brick has been honored as the 2013 recipient of the Student Government's Distinguished Faculty Mentor Award and is currently the Director of the Music and Technology Program.
For more information about Professor Brick, visit his Web site http://www.andybrick.com.
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