A New World:
Intimate music from FINAL FANTASY

New World players

Naka-Kon is happy to announce "A New World: intimate music from FINAL FANTASY" will perform Saturday, March 11, at 11 a.m. in the Overland Park Convention Center Ballroom. The concert is open to all with Naka-Kon 2017 convention membership badges; no extra ticket purchase is needed to attend.

Eric Roth, who is known as an original and expressive musical personality, and recognized internationally as a composer, orchestrator/arranger, conductor, producer, performer and educator, will be conductor. Eric is also the son of Arnie Roth, who conducted A New World's performance at Naka-Kon 2016.

The producers of the live orchestra performance phenomenon Distant Worlds: music from FINAL FANTASY are proud to announce an intimate FINAL FANTASY music experience. A New World: intimate music from FINAL FANTASY presents music from throughout the 25+ years of the FINAL FANTASY catalogue in fresh arrangements for ensembles of winds, strings, percussion in smaller groups, yielding a surprisingly personal encounter with the extraordinary FINAL FANTASY musical themes, characters and settings.

Along with other performers and composers associated with the games, A New World joins Distant Worlds as an officially licensed production with the full and exclusive support of the renowned game developer SQUARE ENIX. A New World introduces audiences to the rich music from FINAL FANTASY on a personal and intimate scale that has yet to be experienced.

Conductor: Eric Roth

Known for an original and expressive musical personality, Eric Roth is recognized internationally as a composer, orchestrator/arranger, conductor, producer, performer and educator.

Eric Roth
Eric Roth

Eric serves as a primary orchestrator and arranger for Distant Worlds: music from FINAL FANTASY, the internationally acclaimed live orchestra concert production and recording artist, and A New World: intimate music from FINAL FANTASY, the new chamber ensemble concert production. His orchestrations and arrangements have been performed by the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and others.

In 2011 Eric became the orchestrator and Associate Producer for Mannheim Steamroller Christmas Symphony, and also for 2013’s follow-up recording. In 2014, he co-produced and served as the main orchestrator/arranger for A New World: intimate music from FINAL FANTASY — Live in London.

In addition, Eric was the conductor for the “Surprise, Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular,” at the United Center in Chicago. The 2011 event featured iconic performers including Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Patti Labelle, Usher, Kristin Chenoweth, Jamie Foxx, Josh Groban and many more.

Outside of A New World, he’s worked regularly as conductor and orchestrator for live performances by chart-topping singer/songwriter John Ondrasik (also known as Five For Fighting), as conductor for performances by the Utah Symphony Orchestra and the KMH Symphony Orchestra (Stockholm, Oslo), and as conductor for orchestra/ensembles with artists such as Seal, Jewel, and Stevie Nicks.

Eric Roth’s original works include commissioned pieces for the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and the Tate Modern art gallery in London, as well as music created for a documentary film titled Baseball's Been Very, Very Good To Me: The Minnie Minoso Story.

In addition, Eric has taught at the Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music (New York), Boston University (Distance Ed.) and other institutions. He holds an MA from Mills College and a BA from the University of Michigan, as well as an ABD for a Doctor of Musical Arts in music composition from The Graduate Center (CUNY).