June 1-September 1, 2010 Prof. Andy Brick conducts the Eugene Symphony
Music and Technology professor Andy Brick is happy to announce that on April 24, 2010, he conducted the Eugene Symphony and Eugene Symphony Chorus to a nearly sold out audience at the Holt Center in Eugene Oregon.
The concert event was met with great accolades. Andrew Creasey of the Oregon Music News reported from the concert:
"Andy Brick introduced each video game and their composers to thunderous ovations generally reserved for rock stars. The Eugene Symphony clearly enjoyed the fanatical reception. Smiles of astonishment and amazement flashed between players, who were more used to the polite, withheld applause of the conventional orchestra audience. At the head of this cacophonous reception was Brick, who encouraged the crowd from the start to cheer and holler at any time they felt the urge. The show closed with dense, swelling orchestrations from the popular World of Warcraft. As it rose to its climatic conclusion, the crowd leapt to their feet cheering for more. Andy Brick emerged again to acquiesce the encore demands and announced, to perhaps the largest cheer of the night, a song from the hit role-playing game Final Fantasy VII."
Now entering its 44th season, the Eugene Symphony is recognized as the cornerstone of the performing arts in Oregon’s southern Willamette Valley. The Eugene Symphony pursues its mission to "enrich lives through the power of music" by presenting annual classical, pops and community outreach performances, regularly commissioning and premiering new American works, and disseminating its performances via radio broadcasts and recordings.
Professor Brick led the orchestra through a program that featured award-winning music from a catalogue of blockbuster video game titles. Included in this program was music he composed for the hit Sims series of video games and his orchestration of the music for the immensely popular HALO video game series. Outstanding graphics projected on large screens above the orchestra accompany the scores.
Ethos Magazine, the leading publication of the University of Oregon did a fascinating video interview with Professor Brick. It can be found here: