Pokemon: Symphonic Evolutions | The Long Center for the Performing Arts

From one Poké Trainer to Another, This is a Once in a Lifetime Event

Okay, so Pokémon Sun and Moon has been released for a month now. But if you’ve already figured out all its secrets and, dare we say it, caught them all…what are you supposed to do now?? If you can wait another 30 days, you can experience your Poké journey all over again.

But listen—we know you’re skeptical! How can Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions possibly come close to engaging your nostalgic senses? Is it possible to take a game played on handheld devices to the big screen successfully? And most importantly…is it worth sacrificing a couple hours of gameplay?

It’s time to put your skepticism and suspicions of cheesy costumed actors aside. You need to hear what Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions is all about, from one Poké trainer to another. Our friends at the iDigital Times had a lot to say about the experience, and this trainer knows just how to set a scene…

When we arrived, nothing could have prepared us for what we experienced. A packed arena with pokefans of all ages. We had the expected toddlers with their parents being dragged to a concert about Pokémon music and we had middle aged adults donning Pikachu hats and official Pokémon League caps. It’s the largest gathering of Pokefans outside of the World Championships or a local convention that I’ve seen.

From the first song in Pallet Town to the final trip through the Unova region, every song hits the audience in the nostalgia organs — that’s real, right? — and takes them on an adventure through the years. But unlike what my coworker and I thought was going to happen, there was a screen that showed gameplay footage while the music played. This made an enjoyable experience into something very memorable as the footage was choreographed in such a way that the crowd would be completely into the gameplay that is over 10 years old.

For approximately 100 minutes, you go through stages of highs and lows as you reminisce about the 18 years of Pokémon. And you get to listen to top notch orchestra players capture all of those emotions and invoke them in the audience. The producers behind the show are aware of what their audience wants — they had a cutaway scene where your trainer faces off against the Youngster who loves shorts for crying out loud — and it was great to see and hear everyone react.

And just when you thought the concert was over, the folks behind Pokémon Symphonic Evolutions had an encore performance that was on an epic scale. Don’t want to give away what happened but let’s just say the entire audience got involved in one of the most well-known songs in Pokémon.

. . .The Pokémon Symphonic Evolutions concert is an experience that will change any Pokémon fan’s perspective on the franchise. . .  I implore any fan young or old to go experience this once in a lifetime event. 

Are you sold yet? This is the only way to fully immerse yourself in the next evolution of the Pokémon franchise and relive your own Poké journey while you’re at it. It’s here, January 7th.

Catch your ticket to Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions before they’re all gone—the perfect present for your Poké-loving nephew, too! Image by Zoe Rain Photography.

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