Singer Rikki Will Hold North American Final Fantasy Concert Debut in New Jersey
posted on by Lynzee Loveridge
Final Fantasy X singer Rikki will make her North American concert debut with game franchise composer Nobuo Uematsu, Grammy-winning conduct Arnie Roth, and fellow singer Susan Calloway at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark on January 31. Rikki performed the game's main theme "Suteki da ne" and has also worked with both Sound Horizon and Linked Horizon.
Rikki is appearing in part with the "Distant Worlds: music from FINAL FANTASY" marathon concerts where a live orchestra will perform selections from Final Fantasy IV, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, XI, and XIV. The selections will vary between the 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. showings. The later concert will debut two new scores as part of the Final Fantasy IX selection. A 40-foot screen will show game footage during the concert.
Tickets are on sale ranging from US$32.80 to US$111.90.
In addition to composing most of the Final Fantasy games, Uematsu also scored the Chrono Trigger game (with primary composer Yasunori Mitsuda), the Blue Dragon game and anime franchise, the Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children film, Ah! My Goddess: The Movie, and Guin Saga.
Arnie Roth, a Grammy award-winning artist, is also a conductor, composer, producer, and a trained violinist. He has worked as a composer for other Square Enix concerts and for various TV shows and series on PBS.
The duo previously performed the "A New World: intimate music from FINAL FANTASY" concert at Anime Central in Rosemont, Illinois last year.