Distant Worlds: music from FINAL FANTASY® returns to Benaroya Hall! This spectacular concert, featuring the music of Japanese composer in attendance, Nobuo Uematsu and conducted by Grammy Award winner Arnie Roth, has captivated audiences worldwide, combining video and music to immerse the audience in the fantastical video game world of FINAL FANTASY®.
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A classically trained violinist, conductor, composer, producer and GRAMMY Award-winning artist, Arnie Roth performs across a wide array of musical genres.
Sarah Mattox (mezzo-soprano) has appeared in principal roles with many companies nationally, including Seattle Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Chicago Opera Theatre, Lyric Opera Cleveland, Amarillo Opera, Eugene Opera, Tacoma Opera and many others. Favorite roles include the title characters in Carmen and Cendrillon, Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, the Witch in Hansel and Gretel, Dorabella in Cosi fan Tutte and Suzuki in Madama Butterfly. She received special acclaim for her debut as Feodor in Seattle Opera’s Boris Godunov. The Seattle Times said “…it was newcomer Sarah Elouise Mattox, in the ‘pants role’ of Boris’ son Feodor, who raised eyebrows all over the Opera House with her believable, lifelike acting and her well-schooled voice.” In Cleveland, the Beacon Journal called her “…a rich-toned mezzo-soprano who came to life as Dorabella.”
Hailed by the New York Times as a “compelling tenor”, American-Canadian Zach Finkelstein has quickly established himself as a leading tenor soloist from Benaroya Hall to Lincoln Center in New York to Toronto, Canada to Shenzhen, China to Guadalajara, Mexico.
Baritone Elijah Blaisdell performs with ensembles across the country as both a soloist and a chorister. An early and new music specialist, his most recent credits include performing as an Adams Fellow with The Carmel Bach Festival, featured soloist with Grammy-Nominated Ensemble The Crossing, St. Matthew Passion with Bach Society of St. Louis, Coffee Cantata and Dido and Aeneas with Madison Bach Musicians, and a chorister with The Sante Fe Desert Chorale, Grammy-Nominated Ensemble True Concord, and Boston Lyric Opera.
With a repertoire spanning from J.S. Bach and Domenico Scarlatti to Jimi Hendrix and Elliott Carter, Michael Nicolella is recognized as one of America's most innovative classical guitar virtuosos. He has received wide critical acclaim for his performances, recordings and compositions. As a concert artist, Michael has performed throughout North America, Europe and Japan as solo recitalist, chamber musician and soloist with orchestra.
Actor/Singer John Coons has performed locally with The 5th Avenue Theatre, Village Theatre, ACT Theatre, ArtsWest, Book It Repertory, ReAct Theatre and The 14/48 Projects, as well as singing with popular artists Ben Folds, Amanda Palmer and Foreigner.
Seattle Pro Musica is a critically acclaimed choral organization comprised of four performing ensembles.
The Seattle Symphony is one of America’s leading symphony orchestras and is internationally acclaimed for its innovative programming and extensive recording history.