Just realised I mentioned the Infinity8lue
concert earlier but never went into any detail about it.
I was as excited as everyone else when I heard that there would be a concert featuring music from the Studio Ghibli movies and the Final Fantasy games. I love the music from all of these, and the prospect of hearing it performed live, by a real orchestra...
For the most part, I enjoyed the concert, though I know a lot of people had complaints about aspects of the performances. The only things I really had issue with were the trumpet player, who obviously muffed some of his notes, and those of the vocalists who were almost inaudible. The guy who sang 'On Your Mark' did a great job, but as for 'Eyes On Me', I've heard it done much better at karaoke.
I liked the rest of it well enough though, and I liked the experience of watching the orchestra play and seeing how the different sections combined to bring a piece to life.
For me, the highlight was 'Liberi Fatali'. This is my favourite piece of Final Fantasy music ever. I remember the first time I saw the Final Fantasy VIII trailer - up there on the big screen in Mathews A, Squall and Seifer duelling as a chorus of voices rose to crescendo. The music filled the entire theatre. It was awesome.
Even taking into account my bias, I'd say that 'Liberi Fatali' was easily the best piece of the concert. It was worth the price of admission to hear it performed live.