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RPO Partners with Into the ROC and MAGIC Center

RPO Partners with Into the ROC and MAGIC Center

An inspirational night full of music and gaming.

Another unforgettable evening with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra!

Last night, the RPO and The Strong Museum teamed up with RIT’s own MAGIC Center and Into the ROC program to showcase the creative character of the Rochester community. With over 20 #RIT students in attendance, they had the opportunity to see how gaming has the ability to go hand in hand with music and art.

“Distant Worlds: Final Fantasy” was premiered in Kodak Hall’s Eastman Theatre for the audience, as part of the RPO’s video game concert series. A sci-fi classic for gamers everywhere, music from Final Fantasy was revived through orchestral performance. The show was conducted by Grammy holder Arnie Roth, with snippets of specially-produced visuals by Square Enix. Afterwards, a discussion panel was led by members of the Rochester game development, design, and production community, as well as representatives from the MAGIC Center.

The combination of performance and panel was an inspiration-rich experience for all. It doesn’t hurt that RIT’s game design and development program is one of the best in the country, with graduates outside of #RIT to prove it. The MAGIC Center and Into the ROC's partnership with The Strong and the RPO was a great source of encouragement to the talented individuals of #RITStudentLife who are helping the gaming industry thrive. The goal of motivating students to put their passions to work is constant not only at #RIT, but throughout the entire Rochester region.

Some thoughtful words from the panel assured students that “there needs to be an inner passion in you to find your voice, study the works of people who have preceded you until you find a unique voice of your own”. Panelists also urged students to “put yourself out there and let people see what you are doing” and to “go talk to others who are creating”.

A HUGE thank you to the groups that made this possible:

Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra

RIT MAGIC Spell Studios

Into the ROC, RIT Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement

The Strong National Museum of Play


Photos taken by: Boris Shirman