Distant Worlds: music from FINAL FANTASY is an ongoing tour of concerts, featuring conductor Arnie Roth and several different philharmonic orchestras from the different cities around the world that the tour has visited. The tour performs the music of the series arranged as orchestral and choral themes.
The concerts are performed under the conduction of Roth and the city's local philharmonic orchestra, choir and soloists. Several concerts have featured a guest appearance by Nobuo Uematsu. The tour has been the source material for three officially published albums: Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy, Distant Worlds II: More Music from Final Fantasy, and Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy Returning Home.
After the success of the 20020220 music from Final Fantasy concert held in Japan, Square Enix announced a six-city tour of Japan in 2004. Subsequently, Roth became the conductor of Dear Friends -Music from Final Fantasy-, the first concert production that featured the music of Final Fantasy outside Japan. The music was then featured in the More Friends - Music from Final Fantasy performance in Los Angeles, in 2005. In 2006, the VOICES: Music from Final Fantasy concert took place in Yokohama, Japan, again with Roth as the conductor.
In 2007, Distant Worlds, a concert that included a selection of many of the arrangements from the previous concerts, had its first performance in Stockholm, Sweden. Since then, the concert has performed regularly in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.
Originally limited to the first concert's presentation, the repertoire of Distant Worlds has expanded to include all of the arrangements from the previous concerts and additionally new arrangements from the games in the series where Nobuo Uematsu was not the main musical producer. Uematsu has stated that he wishes to expand the list even further with themes from the past entries in the series, seeing as how the more recent music has not yet had time to produce representative themes.
The template from the orchestra concerts had been developed in Japan years earlier by Nobuo Uematsu, Shiro Hamaguchi and Square Enix with their concerts in Japan from 1999 (Tour de Japon) through 2005 (Dear Friends). Distant Worlds represents the further development of this model, with visual elements and expanding repertoire. The choices regarding new repertoire for Distant Worlds is decided by Nobuo Uematsu and Arnie Roth, in consolation with Square Enix and Roth's team members, AWR Music Productions.
- The tour's official site, includes upcoming events and ticket purchasing.