LOS ANGELES – DECEMBER 16, 2009 – Video Games Live and PBS are joining forces to create an exclusive nationwide PBS special based around the highly successful Video Games Live concert series. The breakthrough performance will be taped on February 5th, 2010 at the Lakefront Arena in New Orleans with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and is slated to begin airing in June 2010 on PBS stations. Tickets for the performance will be going on sale Friday, December 18 at 10am CST.
Reaching an average of over 58 million viewers a week, PBS is the most prominent provider of programming to U.S. public television stations. “We believe the concept of introducing young audiences to an orchestra through the music of video games fits perfectly with PBS’s mission in a very new and creative way,” said PBS Vice-President of Programming Joe Campbell. “We are very optimistic that the program will be a big success!”
This is big, big news guys. I can’t think of a much better way to a) introduce a whole new segment of the population to the awesomeness that is video game music (and video games in general), than by airing this on PBS. This station is famous for its classic music concerts and shows like Masterpiece Theatre, and they feel that video games have enough cred to put them on their station. (Okay, it’ll also pull in massive ratings, but still!) The even better news is that there’s gonna be a DVD and CD of this, too. AWESOME. Ask me how much I can’t wait for this!
Secondly, this is awesome because I have been to one of these concerts (at Comic Con in San Diego this summer), and it is fucking epic. I’m so glad that people who don’t have the chance to go live will be able to see this–hell, I’m glad I’ll be able to buy a CD and DVD of this performance. Sounds like its going to be incredible.
Also, and this is totally random, may I just say how hilariously cool it is that the VP of Programing at PBS is named Joe Campbell? (One of my idols, the mythologist/philosopher Joseph Campbell, had quite a long-running relationship with PBS.)
Original story on the VGL website, here.