Distant Worlds: Music From Final Fantasy

Friday Concert

Location: Main Events | Date: Friday, August 10th, 2018 | Time: 7:00 PM


Admission to the Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy concert is included with your Otakon membership!  General admission seating is not guaranteed and limited to first-come, first serve.

AWR Music Productions, LLC is proud to present the official symphony concert world-tour Distant Worlds: music from FINAL FANTASY. Launched in conjunction with the twentieth anniversary of FINAL FANTASY, this concert tour features the music of Japanese video game composer Nobuo Uematsu and is conducted by Grammy award-winner Arnie Roth. This multimedia experience combines stirring screen images to match the soaring emotions of a symphony orchestra performing music from SQUARE ENIX’S world-renowned FINAL FANTASY video game series.


After the success of the 2002 FINAL FANTASY concert held in Japan, SQUARE ENIX announced a six-city, seven-show tour of Japan in 2004 entitled “Tour de Japon: music from FINAL FANTASY.” The first stateside concert, “Dear Friends: music from FINAL FANTASY,” followed on May 10, 2004 at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, CA and sold out in three days. It featured music from SQUARE ENIX’s world-renowned FINAL FANTASY video game series, performed by the acclaimed Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Los Angeles Master Chorale. The positive reception of this performance gave rise to the 2005 U.S. concert tour “Dear Friends: music from FINAL FANTASY.” Uematsu’s award-winning music was then featured in “More Friends: music from FINAL FANTASY” in Los Angeles at the Universal Amphitheatre. Later that year, the “VOICES: music from FINAL FANTASY” concert took place in Tokyo with the Tokyo Philharmonic under the direction of Music Director Arnie Roth.

Video game music has grown increasingly popular in the last few years. Music plays an integral role in today’s games, enhancing the players’ overall experience. While still a growing market, video game soundtracks are now sold in major outlets and include a variety of genres such as rock, hip-hop, electronica, classical compositions, and songs performed by popular artists. The FINAL FANTASY soundtracks, which are original compositions, have grown so popular that TIME magazine named series composer Nobuo Uematsu a notable “Innovator” in its recent “Time 100: the Next Wave Music” feature. SQUARE ENIX hopes to pioneer awareness and appreciation of not only its own musical creations, but also video game music throughout the industry.

Special Guests


Nobuo Uematsu

Music Composer

Nobuo Uematsu is one of the most celebrated composers in the video game field. He has achieved global recognition for his work on the FINAL FANTASY series that has been performed by world-class orchestras around the world.

Arnie Roth

Music Director

Roth is well known in the world of video game music for his work with Nobuo Uematsu and SQUARE ENIX as Music Director and Conductor of the “Dear Friends: music from FINAL FANTASY,” ...


Admission to the A New World: Intimate Music from Final Fantasy concert is included with your Otakon membership!  General admission seating is not guaranteed and limited to first-come, first serve.

A New World: Intimate music from Final Fantasy

Sunday Concert

Location: Main Events | Date: Sunday, August 12th, 2018 | Time: 2:00 PM


Otakon is proud to present, A New World: intimate music from FINAL FANTASY. New World Players present the most intimate experience of music from throughout the FINAL FANTASY series.  Don’t miss the music of Nobuo Uematsu and all of the other great FINAL FANTASY composers in this live performance.

Special Guest


Eric Roth

Composer, Orchestrator, Producer

Eric is music director and the chief arranger for A New World: intimate music from FINAL FANTASY, the chamber ensemble concert production by AWR Music Productions and Square Enix, the video game developer.


VIP Concert Meet & Greet Experiance - Sold Out

Sorry, VIP Passes have sold out.

Otakon is proud to present TWO concerts this year, featuring the music from Final Fantasy:

Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy
A New World: Intimate Music from Final Fantasy

Both of these concerts are included with your Otakon Membership at no extra charge, however we are offering a limited number of passes (100 per show) for those who want a special VIP experience. 

The VIP Pass includes:

  • Guaranteed, Preferred Concert Seating
  • An autograph and photo "selfie" for each VIP attendee
  • For Friday Passes: A special Meet & Greet session after the Friday concert with Nobuo Uematsu and Arnie Roth
  • For Sunday Passes: A special Meet & Greet session after the Sunday concert with Nobuo Uematsu and Eric Roth

Separate VIP Passes are available for each concert for $25.  If you would like attend both meet and greet sessions, a pass for each session is required.  An Otakon Membership (purchase here) is required in addition to your VIP pass in order to attend the concert and meet & greet session.