The house lights dim at the Hollywood Bowl, revealing the orchestra prepared for the symphony. The conductor for the evening, Jack Wall, dutifully marches onstage to the traditional applause and, before he starts up the orchestra with the first piece of the evening, the giant video screen above darkens, as if to display close-up shots of the orchestra or translations of foreign opera lyrics. But instead, what we see on the screen is two white paddles and a white ball bouncing between them-the classic arcade game Pong. And the orchestra starts to play.
This is ‘Video Games Live,’ a night where the favorite pastime of the MTV generation meets the symphony of generations past, as themes from the most unlikely sources of orchestral music