After our experiences at the last two video game orchestra events, I knew I had to find more. In my quest to experience even more live video game music, I stumbled across Pokémon Symphonic Evolutions! Like Symphony of the Goddesses, we traveled to Miami, Florida. Only, this time, we found ourselves in the Adrienne Arsht Center.
Once again, I managed to snag some great seats. I actually think these were our best seats yet! The venue definitely contributed, though. The vertical distance between us and the stage was far more favorable here than at the James L. Knight Center.
I'm a huge fan of the Pokémon series (you don't say!), but I'll admit I haven't actually played much of it over the last ~10 years. Prior to Pokémon GO and Pokémon Sun and Moon coming out, the last Pokémon game I'd played was Pokémon Diamond back in college. Before that, I'd only played Pokémon Blue and Silver. But, I recall loving the soundtracks to the older games, so I was optimistic I was going to have a good time.
Unsurprisingly, I did! The arrangements of the chosen songs were fantastic. I also think, for a game series that lacks a lot of musical depth compared to a franchise like Final Fantasy, the organizers did a wonderful job of choosing a wide variety of different music to represent the series. Even still, I think I liked this event the least of the three so far. Nothing was bad about it! I just don't have the same emotional attachments to the series' music.
My wife, however, probably liked Pokémon Symphonic Evolutions the best so far. The storylines are all so simplistic (and all mirror each other so well) that it was easy for her to follow the graphics they were showing without losing track of what the story was (she's never played a main series Pokémon game before). The large number of children in the audience also seemed to have no problems following along (and having a whole theater full of them answering various "Who's that Pokémon?!" questions in unison was pretty cute).
Anyway, the show was great and I highly recommend it - especially if you have interested kids that have never seen an orchestra live before. If you'd like an idea of what the experience is like, someone has recorded the entire show from a few weeks ago in Georgia: