Tommy Tallarico shows his enthusiasm for a new form of live entertainment, an interactive symphonic concert celebrating the sophisticated scores to video games. The co-creator of the event talked to me about how this is one orchestral concert that kids will want to go to, and their parents and even grandparents should enjoy the experience as well. Why did I enjoy conducting this interview? It's one more example of a significant shift in both the world of entertainment, where video games are providing very tough competition for people's entertainment dollars, and in many cases are winning over movies and music, and in the world of live performances. The show not only features a live orchestra and choir, but video games appearing on screens, lasers, and audience participation involving game play. Imagine playing a video game while you're at the symphony! Live entertainment has been becoming increasingly visual... now it's immersive! Tommy talks about the PBS special: Video Games Live! It airs on Mountain Lake PBS Sunday night at 10:30. He also is getting ready for the live show at the Bell Centre in Montreal on October 26. Ticket info is here.
"Spotlight" airs on Mountain Lake Journal Extra this Thursday night at 8:30pm. Repeat airings include Friday at 6am & 12:30pm, Saturday at 7:30pm, and Sunday at 6am & 10:30am.