Long gone are the days when video game music consisted of annoying beeps and boops. For more than a decade now, sweeping symphonic scores have been as important to the game experience as the complex visuals. It’s become a business as significant as the production of movie scores and draws big-name talent. Using themes from some of the most intense and popular video games ever to be released, the Houston Symphony will take audiences through American mythologist Joseph Campbell’s “monomyth” in rePLAY: Symphony of Heroes. Campbell’s theory is also known as “the hero’s journey.” He argued that classical myths follow the same patterns, even though they were created centuries apart. The steps of the hero’s journey fall into categories of “Separation,” “Initiation” and “Return.” The Houston Symphony describes the progression as such: “Each stage in the monomyth is a chapter in our story, and each game/musical selection was chosen primarily for its suitability for the chapter that it is featured in.” The musicians will perform selections from Portal®, Journey®, Final Fantasy®, The Elder Scrolls® and Halo®. Conductor Miriam Burns will guide the symphony through the epic musical tale. With stunning visuals and vocal accompaniment by the Houston Symphony Chorus, you can bet it’s going to be an evening well spent. Best of all? You can bring your teenagers and get some serious parent cred.
7:30 p.m. July 5. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana. For information, call 713-224-7575 or visit www.houstonsymphony.org. $29 to $99.
Sat., July 5, 7:30 p.m., 2014