With Pokémon running wild in the streets of Miami thanks to the revolution that is Pokémon Go, there has never been a better time to be a fan of the franchise – but there soon will be. On December 3 at 8 p.m., the latest videogame-themed concert will hit the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts — and yeah, it obviously will be Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions.
Part of the 2016-17 Live at Knight Series, the concert will feature a 54-piece orchestra, including local musicians from the Craig Turley Orchestra, for a glorious performance of video-synced nostalgia and gaming excitement. Drawing inspiration from classics and contemporary editions of the videogame series, all-new arrangements will set the ideal stage for Pokémon enthusiasts to catch 'em all to the tune of the most epic boss battles.
“Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions is a spectacular showcase of the memorable music that has been a hallmark of the Pokémon franchise for nearly 20 years,” says J.C. Smith, director of consumer marketing at the Pokémon Company International. “The concert series serves as a thank-you to fans and an invitation to share our passion for Pokémon by reliving some of our fondest memories with the brand.”
As with any fan-driven experience, the concert itself is just part of the fun. The preconcert action will begin in the lobby as Miami’s Pokémon masters cosplay and celebrate their fandom with con-worthy attire. (No weapons, please.) There is sure to be a young Ash and Misty or two in the crowd.
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There might even be some rare Pokémon lurking about as fans load up before the concert at the resident PokéStop located at the Café at Books & Books inside the Arsht Center. Pokémon Go players will even be able to practice their skills at an upcoming Pokéstop Walking Tour at the Arsht Center August 1 at 6 p.m.
For superfans looking to prepare for the occasion, mark your calendars for September 10 and plan to attend #ARTSLAUNCH2016, a free celebration kicking off South Florida’s arts season where a Pokémon costume contest will award one lucky winner two complimentary tickets to Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions.
The concert will take place December 3 at 8 p.m. inside the Knight Concert Hall. Tickets to Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions cost $46 to $126 and are available to Arsht Center members June 1 and the general public June 3. Tickets may be purchased through the box office by calling 305-949-6722 or visiting arshtcenter.org.