Tonight, I listened to the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra play, and wow. What an amazing concert!

They called the concert Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy. All the music was composed by the Japanese video game composer Nobuo Uematsu and conducted by Grammy award-winner Arnie Roth.

I actually attended Distant Worlds last year too, but this was so much better than I remembered. Nobuo Uematsu was in attendance again, and as expected, the crowd gave him an extremely warm welcome.

At the end of the concert, Uematsu got a 4-minute standing ovation (no exaggeration!) from everyone in the Final Fantasy fan-filled hall.

Zanarkand (Final Fantasy X)

My favorite song from FF.

Final Fantasy Distant Worlds II

Here was the evening’s setlist

  • Opening~Bombing Mission (FINAL FANTASY VII)
  • Don’t be Afraid (FINAL FANTASY VIII)
  • Memoro de la Stono (FINAL FANTASY XI)
  • Medley 2002 (FINAL FANTASY I-III)
  • Main Theme of Final Fantasy VII (FINAL FANTASY VII)
  • Prima Vista Orchestra (FINAL FANTASY IX)
  • Kiss Me Goodbye (FINAL FANTASY XII)
  • Zanarkand (FINAL FANTASY X)
  • FINAL FANTASY series: Main Theme
  • The Man with the Machine Gun (FINAL FANTASY VIII)
  • Theme of Love (FINAL FANTASY IV)
  • JENOVA (FINAL FANTASY VII)
  • Ronfaure (FINAL FANTASY XI)
  • FINAL FANTASY XIII medley
  • FINAL FANTASY XIV medley
  • Opera “Maria and Draco” (FINAL FANTASY VI)
  • Terra’s Theme (FINAL FANTASY VI)

(If you liked this, you might like Travels in Japan.)

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