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Friday, October 30, 2009

Final Fantasy performs with Symphony Nova Scotia for the Halifax Pop Explosion

Halifax, NS Symphony Nova Scotia teams up with indie/pop/classical artist Final Fantasy on Friday, October 23 at 7:30 pm at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium as part of the Halifax Pop Explosion.

Named in tribute to the video game series, Final Fantasy is a one-man band made up of Canadian violinist/pianist/composer Owen Pallett. His trademark performances feature him using a foot pedal to loop the live violin in simultaneous layers, building a grand, intricate sound.

This classically trained violinist has written arrangements for artists like Arcade Fire, the Pet Shop Boys, and Mika, and won the inaugural Polaris Prize for his album He Poos Clouds. This concert will be his second orchestral appearance, following a performance with the Brooklyn Philharmonic earlier this year.

"The forthcoming Final Fantasy album is entirely orchestral, and this concert is a wonderful opportunity to perform these songs the way they were meant to be heard, says Owen. I also took some time to revisit some older songs, revise them for a symphonic performance."

Final Fantasys performance with Symphony Nova Scotia will be conducted by Martin MacDonald, and will feature Owens own arrangements of some of his most popular songs, including Arctic Circle, He Poos Clouds, Oh Heartland, Up Yours!, Took You Two Years to Win My Heart, Lewis Takes Action, The CN Tower, and Ultimatum. He will also perform several pieces solo, and Symphony Nova Scotia will perform orchestral works by Prokofiev and Mercure. The entire performance will be recorded for broadcast by CBC Radio Two.

This performance is almost sold out, so pick up your tickets today! Prices range from $29-49 (HST included), or you can purchase a subscription package and save up to 30%. For tickets and more information, call 494.3820 or visit our website at www.symphonynovascotia.ca.

About Final Fantasy
Owen Pallett's live violin-looping project, Final Fantasy, has released four albums and EPs, including Has a Good Home and He Poos Clouds. The Village Voice praised He Poos Clouds as having "the best lyrics of the year," Pitchfork described it as "a joy to hear... this is, in a word, fierce it can engage you on a level most albums can't," and many publications put it in their top-ten lists for the year. Canadian journalists voted and awarded it the inaugural Polaris Prize for best Canadian full-length album.

In addition to curating the Maximum Black Festival in early 2008, Owen has been touring constantly while writing string and orchestral arrangements for many releases, including Arcade Fire's Neon Bible (and Funeral), Grizzly Bear's Yellow House, Beirut's The Flying Club Cup, The Last Shadow Puppets' The Age of the Understatement, and the Pet Shop Boys Yes. He is currently working on his forthcoming full-length romance album entitled Heartland.

About Symphony Nova Scotia
Symphony Nova Scotia is Nova Scotias orchestra. Each year more than 50,000 audience members (including 15,000 young music lovers) join us in communities across Nova Scotia for performances of the music they love from baroque and classical to pop and rock and folk. Under the inspirational leadership of Music Director Bernhard Gueller, Symphony Nova Scotia is recognized as one of the finest orchestras in the country. Visit www.SymphonyNovaScotia.ca to learn more, listen online, or subscribe today!

Symphony Nova Scotia is grateful to the Canada Council for the Arts, Nova Scotia Tourism, Culture, and Heritage, and the Halifax Regional Municipality for their continued support.

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