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Sonic the Hedgehog 30th Anniversary Symphony was a musical concert that took place on 23 June 2021 as part of the 30th anniversary of the Sonic the Hedgehog series. The show was livestreamed on the official Sonic the Hedgehog YouTube channel and Twitch, and posted on YouTube on 23 June 2021.

Overview

First half

The first half of the Sonic the Hedgehog 30th Anniversary Symphony featured a symphony orchestra playing different non-vocal music tracks from select games in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. Each of these music pieces combined various soundtracks from different Sonic games into a single medley.

Nr. Name Artist(s) Tracks played
Composer Arranger
1 "Sonic the Hedgehog Medley" Masato Nakamura Tee Lopes, Aruto Matsumoto
2 "Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Medley" Antonio Teoli, Aruto Matsumoto
3 "Sonic Game Gear Medley" Yuzo Koshiro & SEGA Antonio Teoli, Adam Klemens
4 "Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles Medley" SEGA Jan Sanejko
5 "Sonic Mania Medley" Tee Lopes
6 "Sonic SEGA Saturn Medley" Richard Jacques, SEGA, Tomoko Sasaki Aruto Matsumoto
7 "Believe In Myself ~ It Doesn't Matter" Jun Senoue Shota Nakama, Falk Au Yeong
8 "Sonic the Hedgehog (2006) Medley" Tomoya Ohtani, Mariko Nanba Jan Sanejko
9 "Sonic Unleashed Medley" Tomoya Ohtani, Kenichi Tokoi Aruto Matsumoto
10 "Sonic Lost World Medley" Tomoya Ohtani
11 "Sonic Forces Medley" Aruto Matsumoto, Shota Nakama
12 "Sonic Colors Medley" Kenichi Tokoi, Fumie Kumatani, Tomoya Ohtani N/A

Intermission

Between the first and second half of the event, a intermission was included that featured an orchestral version of the Chao Garden theme, and a message from Masato Nakamura about his involvement with the Sonic the Hedgehog series as he spoke about his experiences in composing music for the series. Nakamura also announced that his band, Dreams Come True, will release a new version of the theme for Green Hill Zone with vocals as a single.

Second half

The second half of the event featured bands performing various vocal theme songs from the Sonic games.

Tomoya Ohtani Band

The band that performed for this part of the event featured the Tomoya Ohtani Band, which included Susumo Nishikawa on guitar, Shoko Nagasaki on keyboards, MASUO on drums and Tomoya Ohtani on bass.

Nr. Name Artist(s)
Composer Arranger Misc.
1 "Reach for the Stars" Tomoya Ohtani N/A N/A
2 "Speak with Your Heart" Tomoya Ohtani, Mariko Nanba Shota Nakama (Orchestral)
3 "Endless Possibility" Tomoya Ohtani Shota Nakama (Orchestral), Sachiko Miyano (Orchestral) Nathan Sharp (aka. NateWantsToBattle) (Guest singer)

Crush 40

The band that performed for this part of the event featured Crush 40, with the exception of "Escape from the City" which on account of Johnny Gioeli's absence from the song, was performed by Sonic Adventure Music Experience.

Nr. Name Artist(s)
Composer Arranger Misc.
1 "Open Your Heart" Jun Senoue, Kenichi Tokoi N/A
2 "Sonic Heroes" Jun Senoue, Johnny Gioeli
3 "Green Light Ride"
4 "Sonic Boom" Spencer Nilsen, Pastiche
5 "All of Me" Jun Senoue, Johnny Gioeli
6 "Knight of the Wind"
7 "Escape from the City" Jun Senoue, Ted Poley Shota Nakama, Sachiko Miyano Nathan Sharp (aka. NateWantsToBattle) (Guest singer)
8 "Live & Learn" Jun Senoue, Johnny Gioeli Shota Nakama N/A

Credits

During the ending credits, an orchestral arrangement of "Friends" by Shota Nakama and Falk Au Yeong of Hyper Potions played.

Crew

  • Executive Producers: Heruki Satomi, Shuji Utsumo, Yukio Sugino, Takashi Iizuka, Ivo Gerscovich, Hitoshi Okuno
  • Co-Executive Producers: John Choon, Ian Curran
  • Producers: Katie Chrzanowshki, Aaron Webber

Creative Service

  • Logo Design: Jimmy Lenoir
  • Intro & Promo Illustration: Yui Karasuno
  • Special Thanks: Kazuyuki Hoshino

Gameplay Production

  • Video Editing: Sam Sloulin, Arthur Swidzinski, Justin Thormann
  • Gameplay Capture: Katie Chrzanowski, Ian Mutchler, Sam Sloulin, Justin Thormann, Matt Mannheimer, Emi Jones
  • Chao Camera Mod: Exant

Production

  • Concert Production: Soundtrec
  • Musical Director: Shota Nakama
  • Arrangers/Orchestrators: Shota Nakama, Jan Sanejko, Aruto Matsumoto, Antonio Teoli, Tee Lopes, Sachiko Miyano, Adam Klemens
  • Mixing Engineers: Falk Au Yeong (Symphony Set), thebishopgame (Band Set)
  • Mastering Engineer: Jonathan Wyner (M Works Mastering)
  • Video Editors: Diego Zuluaga, Kentaro Miyazawa, Dan Rossner, Jun Senoue

Orchestra

  • Orchesta: FILMharmonic Orchestra, Prague
  • Contractor/Recording Manager: Petr Pýcha (MUSa Prague)
  • Recording Engineer: Jan Holzner
  • Assistant Recording Engineer: Michael Hradiský
  • Librarian: Tomas Kirschner
  • Conductor: Adam Klemens

Performers

  • Violin I: Costin Anghelescu, Antony Čonka, Marie Dvorská, Victoryia Englberth, Jaroslav Hájek, Midori Hayashi, Tomáš Hubka, Vlastimil Kobrle, Roman Konečný, Anna Kostková, Marcel Koz'anek, Hana Kutmanová
  • Violin II: Milan Machačka, Pavel Nechíle, Václav Prudil, Stanislav Rada, Ludvík Sklenář, Jiří Ševčík, Václav Vacek, Jindřich Vácha, David Voráč, Vlastimil Zeman
  • Viola: Marek Jiříček, Vladimír Plíva, Jiří oslední, Vladislav Syčov, Petr Šušlík, Radka Teichmanová, Dominik Trávníček
  • Cello: Marek Elznic, Štěpánka Kutmanová, Petr Malíšek, Jan Relich, Martin Sedlák, Roman Stehlík
  • Contrabass: Roman Koudelka, Jan Smažík, Jan Vokoun, Jiří Vopálka
  • Flute: Robert Heger, Martin Klimánek, Petra Hoďánková
  • Oboe: Jana Brožková, Jitka Tomšíčková
  • Clarinet: Jan Mach, Aleš Hustoles
  • Bassoon: Jaroslav Kubita, Petr Němeček
  • French Horn: Petr Zirhut, Mikuláš Koska, František Langweil, Tomáš Kirschner
  • Trumpet: Marek Vajo, Jan Pohořalý, David Pollák
  • Timpani: Svatopluk Čech
  • Trombone: Triebenekl Jan, Filip Magram, Tomáš Bialko
  • Tuba: Salajka Petr
  • Percussion: Miroslav Kejmar, Jiří Svoboda, Ivan Hoznedr, Ladislav Blian, Štěpán Hon, Jan Horváth
  • Harp: Hedvika Bacha Mousa
  • Piano: Jaromír Klepáč

Video Production

  • Video Production Editor: Ivan Zbíral (RED PIC)
  • Camera Operators: Lukáš Materna, Filip Maryko, Roman Mlejnek, Tomáš Moravec
  • Sound Engineer: Oldřich Slezák
  • Assistant Engineers: Čenda Kotzmann, Jan Krček
  • Stage and Light Operator: Ivo Mehel (Highlite Touring)
  • Screen and Projector Operator: Šimon Kotek (100ProMotion)

Tomoya Ohtani Band

  • Guitar: Susumo Nishikawa
  • Keyboards: Shoko Nagasaki
  • Drums: MASUO
  • Bass/SP-404SX: Tomoya Ohtani
  • Guest Vocalist: Nathan Sharp (NateWantsToBattle)

Tomoya Ohtani Band Video Production

  • Director: Chikara Tanaka
  • Producer: atsushi Suzuki
  • Production manager: Ryo Yamaguchi
  • Lighting Director: Kazuhisa Sakura
  • Camera Operators: Yzen Nakamichi, Tetsuya Hasegawa, Mashiko Adachi, Shuma Ito
  • Camera Assistants: Chikari Murakami, Takumo Torii, Mayuko Suzuki
  • Online Editor: Natuo Nishi
  • Hair & Makeup: Keiko 'Jam' Mori
  • Recording Engineer: Shigeo Sakurai
  • Lighting Director: Kazuhisa Sakua
  • Recording Studio: Onkio Haus
  • Recording Coordinator: Kazuyuki Doki
  • Special Thanks: Yoshitada Miya

Crush 40

Crush 40 Video Production

  • Recording Engineer: Masahiro Fukuhara
  • Assistant Recording Engineer: Ayaka Sakurai (N&N Sound Freaks)
  • Camera: Shieharu Isoda, Michiyo Fukatsu, Kensuke Ohki, Yoshitada Miya
  • Video Editor: Jun Senoue
  • Photographer: Keisuke Sunagare
  • Makeup Artist: Maya Tachibana
  • Venue: Live Stage Guilty, Tokyo, Japan
  • Production Coordinator: Tomomi Kagaya (MT Globe)
  • Production Assistant: Ryo Inagaki

Composers

"Sonic the Hedgehog Medley"

  • Composed by: Masato Nakamura
  • Arranged by: Tee Lopes & Aruto Matsumoto

"Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Medley"

  • Composed by: Masato Nakamura
  • Arranged by: Antonio Teoli & Aruto Matsumoto

"Sonic Game Gear Medley"

"Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles Medley"

  • Composed by: SEGA
  • Arranged by: Jan Sanejko

"Sonic Mania Medley"

  • Composed by: Tee Lopes
  • Arranged by: Jan Sanejko

"Sonic SEGA Saturn Medley"

  • Composed by: Richard Jacques, SEGA, Tomoko Sasaki
  • Arranged by: Aruto Matsumoto

"Chao Garden - Neutral (30th Anniversary Ver.)"

"Believe In Myself ~ It Doesn't Matter"

  • Composed by: Jun Senoue
  • Arranged by: Shota Nakama & Falk Au Yeong

"Sonic the Hedgehog (2006) Medley"

  • Composed by: Tomoya Ohtani & Mariko Nanba
  • Arranged by: Jan Sanejko

"Sonic Unleashed Medley"

  • Composed by: Tomoya Ohtani & Kenichi Tokoi
  • Arranged by: Aruto Matsumoto

"Sonic Colors Medley"

  • Composed by: Kenichi Tokoi, Fumie Kumatani & Tomoya Ohtani
  • Arranged by: Aruto Matsumoto

"Sonic Lost World Medley"

  • Composed by: Tomoya Ohtani
  • Arranged by: Aruto Matsumoto

"Sonic Forces Medley"

  • Composed by: Tomoya Ohtani
  • Arranged by: Shota Nakama, Aruto Matsumoto

"Open Your Heart"

  • Composed by: Jun Senoue, Kenichi Tokoi
  • Performed by: Crush 40

"Sonic Heroes"

"Green Light Ride"

  • Composed by: Jun Senoue, Johnny Gioeli
  • Performed by: Crush 40

"Sonic Boom"

"I Am... All of Me"

  • Composed by: Jun Senoue, Johnny Gioeli
  • Performed by: Crush 40

"Knight of the Wind"

  • Composed by: Jun Senoue, Johnny Gioeli
  • Performed by: Crush 40

"Reach for the Stars (Re-color)"

  • Composed by: Tomoya Ohtani
  • Performed by: Tomoya Ohtani Band

"Speak with Your Heart"

  • Composed by: Tomoya Ohtani, Mariko Nanba
  • Performed by: Tomoya Ohtani Band
  • Orchestral Arrangement by: Shota Nakama

Endless Possibility

  • Composed by: Tomoya Ohtani
  • Performed by: Tomoya Ohtani Band ft. Nathan Sharp (NateWantsToBattle)
  • Orchestral Arrangement by: Shota Nakama & Sachiko Miyano

"Escape from the City"

"Live & Learn"

  • Composed by: Jun Senoue, Johnny Gioeli
  • Performed by: Crush 40
  • Orchestral Arrangement by: Shota Nakama

"Friends"

  • Composed by: Hyper Potions
  • Orchestral Arrangement by: Shota Nakama & Falk Au Yeong

Special Thanks

Evan Bader, Alan Hadaya, Sonic Team, Fatima Budica, Maida Chan, Michael Cisneros, Jennifer Cox, Ian Brazen, Katie Golden, Alex Gomez, Ryan Hamlyn, Jasmin Hernandez, Sandra Jo, Austin Keys, Mai Kiyotaki, Petia Koutzarova, Yukio Kusumoto, Cindy Lin, Hannah Motegi, Hiroshi Nishiyama, Maria Romo, Aaron Roseman, Yusuke Sat, Miki Takahashi, Ayumi, Tanioka, Calvin Vu, Nathan Shabazi, David Hinds, Danny Russell, Geoff Keighley, Naoko Fujita, Akane Inoue, Natsune Kitaoka, Moe Kobori, Kensuke Kurimoto, Erika Nagata, Saki Omura, Edmundo Prado, Junji Sudo, Yusuke Suai, Makoto Senoo, Yohei Tanioku, Masato Nakamura, Kazuo Koizumi, Yuji Naka, Naoto Ohshima, Hirokazu Yasuhara, Tom Kalinske, Al Nilsen, Madeline Schroeder, Shinobu Toyoda, Katharina Bareiss, Jim Dyer, Danielle Mounsey

Everyone who worked on and supported Sonic since 1991

...and YOU!

Whether you're a new or longtime fan, thank you for being a part of what has made SONIC so special for the last 30 years.

In Loving Memory

Keisuke Nagai: A beloved husband, son, brother, and friend to all of us at SEGA

Trivia

  • The symphony is dedicated to Keisuke Nagai, who was a licensing manager for Sega.

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