Distinguished Industry Associate Professor Andy Brick from the College of Arts & Letters at Stevens Institute of Technology conducted the National Symphony Orchestra on July 8th in a performance of PLAY! A Video Game Symphony, a popular concert series featuring virtuoso renditions of orchestral video game scores. Professor Brick appeared with the National Symphony Orchestra at the renowned Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts outside Washington, D.C.
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.
A prolific composer, orchestrator, and conductor of video game music, Professor Brick has brought an artful approach to dozens of game and film soundtracks, including such familiar titles as Sim City 4, Mafia II, the Halo series, Stranglehold, Civilization V, and many others. As a conductor, he has led concerts with the Vancouver Symphony, the North Carolina Symphony, the Eugene Symphony, the Czech National Symphony, and the Filmharmonic of Prague. His composition of Hungarian Overture, as performed by the Kiev Philharmonic, has been released by ERM Music as part of their set entitled "Masterworks of the New Era."
At Stevens, Professor Brick teaches music theory, orchestration, and composition to students through the Music and Technology program, which provides undergraduate students with a thorough and comprehensive understanding of the interrelationship between music and technology. "We view technology not merely as a tool that may foster the creative process but as a mirror reflecting the creative spirit of the individual," explains Brick. "It is our mission to not merely provide the musicianship skills and technological aptitude necessary for any actively engaged musician, but cultivate an insight into the historically dependent nature of music and technology. With such insight, we can actively engage the necessary critical thinking to foster innovation in music production, composition and technological design." Diverse faculty in the unique program, including multi-platinum recording artist Carlos Alomar, provide students with this holistic perspective on creating music.
For more information about Professor Brick's summer season, visit the PLAY! A Video Game Symphony Web site, or visit Undergraduate Admissions to apply to Stevens.