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Distant Worlds, the official concert of the Final Fantasy franchise, broke some exciting news this week. The international show is slated to debut never before heard works by Nobuo Uematsu from Final Fantasy XIV at an upcoming show in Chicago. Performed by the Chicagoland Pops Orchestra, the debut is a first for the tour. Recording artist Susan Calloway will be featured as a soloist in one of the new Final Fantasy pieces, and the Elmhurst College Concert Choir will complement the orchestra throughout the evening. “We’ve never done anything like this before as we typically perform music after the release of each particular video game. The fans attending the Chicago concert will be the first to hear the music performed by over 100 performers, including a live orchestra and chorus, before hearing it on their computers when they play the game! This video game music sneak peak is an exciting new prospect that Square Enix has allowed us to present and should be a thrilling premiere for the fans and performers,” said Arnie Roth, Music Director and Executive Producer of the concert. To sweeten the deal, Nobuo Uematsu himself will be in attendance for the event, even stepping up for a special performance of “Advent: One Winged Angel” live on stage with the premiere of The Chicago Mages. The two and a half hour concert is slated to take place on December 12 at 8:00pm in the Rosemont Theater. The program will also include the world premieres of “J-E-N-O-V-A” and “Dancing Mad,” both songs that were adamantly requested during a spontaneous poll at the end of a Distant Worlds concert we attended back in April. Chicago-centric premiers include “Final Fantasy VII Main Theme,” “The Man with the Machine Gun,” “Suteki da ne,” “Melodies of Life,” “Kiss Me Goodbye,” “Final Fantasy Series: Prelude,” “Victory Theme” and others from the 2009 tour. If interested in attending, tickets are available through Ticketmaster and more details can be found on the official website. Tickets are priced anywhere from $19 to $150. Have you attended one of the several video-game concert tours yet? What are your thoughts? If you live in Chicago, is this event on your radar?