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'Game of Thrones' concert tour: What place does music have on the program?

A tour debuting in February 2017 will bring the Emmy-nominated music from the HBO smash hit fantasy show to fans. 

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Viewers familiar with the often-dramatic music that accompanies events on the smash hit HBO program “Game of Thrones” will now be able to experience that music live.

Beginning next February, an orchestra and choir will perform various selections from the soundtrack, with photos and clips from the show accompanying the music. Ramin Djawadi, the composer for “Game of Thrones,” will be part of the show as well.

The tour, which will travel to 28 cities, begins Feb. 15 in Kansas City. Tickets will be available beginning Aug. 10. 

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Mr. Djawadi has been nominated for an Emmy Award for best music composition for a series (original dramatic score) for his work on the show.

One of the most distinctive aspects of the HBO hit is the opening credits for the show, in which a moving map reminds viewers of key locations in the show while the stirring theme song plays. 

HBO often features memorable opening credits on its shows, including “The Sopranos” and “True Detective.” 

In 2013, Salon writer Daniel D’Addario ranked the opening credits for “Game of Thrones” as the best to ever appear on a show from HBO – a tough competition, as Mr. D’Addario writes that “the first 15 to 90 seconds of practically every series on the ‘not TV’ network feels like the product of a great deal of effort.” 

He added, “What more is there to say? These combine rousing music and visuals of a three-dimensional map for newbie fans with almost obnoxiously detailed alterations for the obsessives (the credits change every episode to depict the locations dealt with).” 

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Meanwhile, Eric Thurm of the Guardian notes that opening credits in general have reached new importance in recent years.

“’Transparent’ has one of the best TV title sequences in recent memory,” Mr. Thurm writes of the Amazon program. “There’s actually a lot more competition for that ring than you might expect. As streaming and cable have warped and widened the boundaries of what TV can do, title sequences have changed to reflect those new possibilities.… perhaps the most popular title sequence of the past few years succeeds precisely because it marries formal beauty and utility: ‘Game of Thrones.’”

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