From the Uematsu's Music page at Square:
SQUARE ENIX U.S.A. is proud to present "Dear Friends -music from FINAL FANTASY-" a symphony concert at the prestigious Walt Disney Concert Hall in Downtown Los Angeles. The concert will take place on Monday, May 10, 2004, kicking off SQUARE ENIX's participation in the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo.
Unprecedented for a video game franchise, only FINAL FANTASY's award-winning scores and series composer Nobuo Uematsu's highly respected, original compositions will be featured by the acclaimed Los Angeles Philharmonic, at L.A.'s newest and most talked about venue. The Concert Hall's curving, silver lines and interactive experience serve as the perfect backdrop for an evening of FINAL FANTASY music. Already world-renowned for exceptional video game soundtracks, SQUARE ENIX further pushes the envelope with this symphony concert event. In the same way that FINAL FANTASY pioneered the next generation of gaming, the music may encourage similar events that celebrate and commemorate video game music.
Video game music continues to grow in popularity, and FINAL FANTASY melodies have long reached the ears not only of gamers, but of music lovers, electronic musicians, and the culturally aware. While FINAL FANTASY soundtracks have not been widely available in North America, fans have always managed to get their hands on the compositions, dedicating entire fan sites to the music. SQUARE ENIX's own veteran composer Nobuo Uematsu was named as one of the "Innovators" in Time Magazine's "Time 100: The Next Wave - Music" feature, for his emotionally powerful and beautiful compositions.
Still have that copyright-violating sample piece up, if you'd like to try before you buy.
More local, and therefore with a larger chance of my actually attending, from Peter Schickele’s Concert Schedule:
April 13, 2004,
Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.
P.D.Q. Bach Strikes Back with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Not the same program as the December concerts with the same name, but the program will include P.D.Q. Bach’s Twelve Quite Heavenly Songs (in the Director’s Cut version for three singers and orchestra) and “Howdy” Symphony, as well as Prof. Schickele’s Uptown Hoedown.
Don't have nearly enough background in music to really appreciate Peter Schickele/P.D.Q. Bach, except at the most superficial level, but I don't let that stop me from buying manga either.
This is not a music blog, by the way.
np: Tear In Your Hand, Tori Amos, Tales of a Librarian.