For some 40 years, Tommy Tallarico has had two passions — music and video games.
Nothing too surprising there. Plenty of people coming of age in the late '70s and early '80s spent much of their free time either accompanying the Stones or Aerosmith on air guitar or pumping quarters into "Space Invaders," "Frogger" or "Pac-Man" at the nearest video arcade.
But how many parlayed those passions into playing video-game music accompanied by a symphony orchestra? Now that's a select group.
"I wanted to make a statement to the world that this is something serious," Tallarico, 46, says over the phone from his home in Orange County,...