Final Fantasy Theme Singer to perform in Chicago

Apr 19th 2006
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., April 19, 2006 - JMP Productions announced today that Japanese/American singer and song writer Angela Aki is going to perform live at the world-premiere of PLAY! in Chicago on May 27, 2006. Angela Aki will present music from the FINAL FANTASY series, composed by Nobuo Uematsu who will be in attendance.

In 2005, Angela Aki released her debut CD entitled ONE which caught the attention of FINAL FANTASY composer Nobuo Uematsu. He offered her the theme song "Kiss Me Good-Bye" for the latest part of the series, FINAL FANTASY XII. Being bi-lingual, Angela Aki wrote the lyrics for both versions of the song: the Japanese and the English one. In 2006, she performed the music at a concert in Japan, "VOICES - music from FINAL FANTASY", conducted by PLAY!'s Principal Conductor and Music Director Maestro Arnie Roth.

Says Jason Michael Paul: "It is such a special treat to have the talent of Angela Aki perform at our Chicago premiere. Angela Aki will be singing Kiss Me Good-Bye from the highly anticipated FINAL FANTASY XII. She is truly an up and coming talent that will be making her US debut and we are extremely excited!".

Tickets for the world-premiere of PLAY! are available at the box office, Ticketmaster locations, by credit card at 312-559-1212 or on the internet at www.ticketmaster.com/artist/1009980.
Video game composers Nobuo Uematsu, Yasunori Mitsuda, Koji Kondo, Jeremy Soule, Akira Yamaoka, Yuzo Koshiro, Jason Hayes and Marty O'Donnell will attend the VIP meet and greet in Chicago.

Additional tour dates including ticket information are available at the official PLAY! website at www.play-symphony.com/tickets.php. So far, PLAY! concerts have been announced for Chicago, Stockholm, Philadelphia, Vienna (Virginia) and Toronto.

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