KINGDOM HEARTS Orchestra – World Tour -
From Hollywood to Westminster, from the Champs Elysée to the Marunouchi, the first official symphonic concert of KINGDOM HEARTS was set to enchant the world starting March 10, 2017 in Tokyo. Uniting the worlds and characters of FINAL FANTASY and Disney to create a brand new thrilling mythology, KINGDOM HEARTS follows the adventures of Sora, Goofy and Donald as they rescue their friends and the whole world. With two major games, KINGDOM HEARTS I and II, released on PlayStation 2 (and re-released in HD on PlayStation 3 and Playstation 4), and nine spin off games over multiple platforms, the saga has touched millions of fans around the globe.
World class professional orchestra, such as the Royal Philarmonic Orchestra in London and the Tokyo Philarmonic Orchestra in Japan, have performed a selection of the best and most beloved music from the original soundtrack of the whole saga. The concert featured more than 70 musicians on stage, with amazing HD video cinematics supervised by director Testuya Nomura himself. It has premiere in Tokyo on 10, 2017, and tour the world henceforth. The long awaited official orchestral concert has finally started, so prepare to unleash again the power of the Keyblades and don’t miss this new adventure and experience!
A Message from the director and the music composer
"The idea of a KINGDOM HEARTS concert has been in the works for several years, but even so, I was astonished to learn that our music would be performed by a full orchestra, in other countries no less. I’ve been given the opportunity to oversee the creation of the title, logo, and many other aspects of this amazing production, and as the director of the series, I am confident that what we’ve created will touch the hearts of our beloved fans everywhere.
The World Tour is slated for 2017, the same year as the KINGDOM HEARTS 15th anniversary. In the meantime, fans will get a chance to explore the world of KINGDOM HEARTS HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue, which is coming out later this year. I hope the excitement and joy they get from the experience will only increase their anticipation for the release of KINGDOM HEARTS III."
Tetsuya Nomura, Director of the KINGDOM HEARTS series
“Please have a KINGDOM HEARTS orchestral concert.”
I heard this quite often, and it echoed my own feelings. I’ve wanted to have a concert for some time, and I’m happy to announce that it’s finally become a reality. When I began composing for the KINGDOM HEARTS series, I couldn’t even dream this day would come. But it has, thanks to our beloved fans. This concert and the music of KINGDOM HEARTS could not have existed without their undying support. I can’t thank them enough. The concert will encompass my feelings toward the series and those dear to me around the world. I look forward to seeing everyone there!
Yoko Shimomura, Composer for the KINGDOM HEARTS series
About KINGDOM HEARTS
Directed by Tetsuya Nomura, and developed jointly by Disney and Square Enix, the first Kingdom Hearts video game was released on March 28, 2002 on PlayStation 2. Now with over 25 million copies sold over 8 games and multiple platforms, the series has received worldwide acclaim. While the main protagonist, Sora, travels alongside Goofy and Donald, players can expect to meet more than 100 Disney characters and worlds (Beauty and the Beast, Hercules, Aladdin, The Lion King, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, The Little Mermaid, The Nightmare Before Christmas and more) and numerous heroes and villains from the FINAL FANTASY video game franchise.
With fantastic compositions by game composer Yoko Shimomura (Legend of Mana, Parasite Eve, Street Fighter II, Xenoblade Chronicles, etc.), music is a prominent element of KINGDOM HEARTS. The soundtrack’s main theme featured hit songs from Japan’s best-selling pop artist, Utada Hikaru. The single Hikari, from KINGDOM HEARTS I, topped Japanese Oricon music chart for weeks, was 2002’s tenth best-selling single, and was certified Double-Platinum. The single Passion from KINGDOM HEARTS II was also certified Gold by the RIAJ.