MUSIC FROM VIDEO GAMES (23/24 POPS OPENER)

Step into the cinematic expanses of the Michigan Theater and embark on a celebration of some of the most famous video game soundtracks ever composed. This one-of-a-kind concert experience combines full orchestra, lighting and stage effects to generate an immersive sonic and visual stage spectacular that you have to see to believe!

Guest conductor Moon Doh leads the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra as we launch our 23/24 Pops season with a first-of-its-kind performance at one of Ann Arbor’s most historic performance spaces. Reserve your seats today!

Saturday, November 18, 2023 | 8 PM | The Michigan Theater

Moon Doh, conductor

Music from Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, Final Fantasy, Halo: Reach, Castlevania, and more!

  • Pre-concert activities in the lobby, courtesy of University of Michigan Computer Science & Engineering (CSE)!
  • Costume contest on stage during intermission!

Supported in part by awards from the Michigan Arts & Culture Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Moon Doh, guest conductor 

BIOGRAPHY

A recipient of the Takaya Urakawa Foundation Grant awarded to promising young musicians, Moon Doh is associate conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, appointed by Music Director Manfred Honeck in 2021. As the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Flora Symphony Orchestra in Cologne, Germany prior to his Pittsburgh appointment, he initiated the orchestra’s first ever live stream concerts that reached an unprecedented number of audiences across the globe over three seasons. He not only led exciting subscription concerts but also worked closely with music pedagogues in order to give young people a chance to learn and experience orchestral music in a meaningful way.

In recent years, Moon has worked with many orchestras across Europe: WDR Funkhausorchester, Duisburger Philharmoniker, Düsseldorfer Symphoniker, Neue Philharmonie Westfalen, and Bergische Symphoniker, Dortmunder Philharmoniker in Germany, Romanian Chamber Orchestra in Romania, Malaga Philharmonic Orchestra in Spain, Sinfonietta Cracovia in Poland, and Pleven Philharmonic in Bulgaria to name a few.Moon’s latest collaborations in the US include debuts with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Symphoria.

Born in South Korea, Moon spent much of his childhood in the Philippines, Russia, and the United States. At the age of nine, he began cello and piano studies in Russia and has since performed with various youth and student orchestras across the globe. As a passionate advocate for young rising artists, he led concerts with the All-State Orchestra of Hessen in Germany. In addition, he was also the conductor of the Under-16 Orchestra of Tonhalle Düsseldorf and regularly coached the Youth Orchestra of Essen.

A staunch believer in empowering others, Moon has actively worked with asylum seekers in Hungary, children in underserved areas of Bangladesh, and inmates in Baltimore as the president of a student organization while completing his B.A. in International Relations and Economics from Johns Hopkins University. He currently sits on the Board of Violence Prevention Network USA, an organization that helps people at risk of radicalization.

Moon studied orchestral conducting at the Robert Schumann Hochschule Düsseldorf in Germany. Prior to his conducting studies, he received a B.A. in music composition from Sahmyook University in South Korea. Moon has participated in renowned music festivals such as Accademia Chigiana in Italy and Bartók Festival in Hungary. His mentors include Manfred Honeck, Rüdiger Bohn, Cristian Măcelaru, Peter Eötvös, and Jorma Panula. IG: @doh.moon

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