Super Mario Orchestra Concert

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The Super Mario Orchestra Concert (Japanese: スーパーマリオオーケストラコンサート), subtitled as and also known as "Bowser is the protagonist!?" (Japanese: クッパが主役!?, Koopa ga Shuyaku!?), was a series of concerts in Japan that were featured as part of the KYOTO CMEX (standing for "Cross Media Experience") 2018 festival for movies, animation, video games and manga. It was officially supervised by Nintendo.


The concerts took place during the weekend of September 15-16 2018 in the Main Hall of ROHM Theater Kyoto (Okazaki-cho Town 13 Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-shi). The first concert was held at 6:00PM JST on September 15, with additional matinee and evening concerts the following day at 1:00PM JST and 5:00PM JST, respectively. Regular seating (A-Seats) cost 6,500 yen (including tax), special seating (S-Seats) cost 8,500 yen, and student seating cost 1,000 yen. Parents could purchase a pair of seats for them and their child for 10,000 yen in regular seating, or 13,000 yen in special seating. Concert merchandise and free photo opportunities with Mario were also available. After the concerts, attendees who had purchased QR codes were able to view recordings on the Take Out Live app on smart devices. Those videos were viewable until December 31, 2018.

Other than KYOTO CMEX, it was organised by Phonex Communications. The music director was Erika Fukasawa, and Taizō Takemoto served as the conductor.

The video games featured included Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels, Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Mario World, Super Mario 64, Yoshi's Story, Super Mario Galaxy, and Super Mario Odyssey.[1]


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