The lights are on
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The Legend of Zelda has accompanied my console generations
since I first started playing video games. I still remember sitting in
front of my own tiny television on the floor, playing my fifth run
through the original game on the NES. When the opportunity arose to see
The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses, I could not pass it up.
Tickets were purchased, days were counted down, and I finally made it to
the performance where I had no idea what to expect.
entering the building, many noticeable distinctions were made to reinforce the idea that this was no ordinary symphony. The most obvious of these was the dress code. While the majority were in blue jeans and a t shirt, there
were also some in full on suits, a handful in khakis and a buttoned up
shirt, and others in full cosplay as Princess Zelda or Link. Every other
person had a 3DS at the ready, and glancing to one particular person's
Streetpass screen, the amount of Mii's that were showcased suggested that
half the crowd had one too. Pictures were being taken, a lone Ocarina
player was playing the Song of Storms as we passed by, and huge line to
the merch booth all fed that feeling of anticipation.
Business Suit Majora? Check. Business Suit Epona? Check.
we piled into the sold out theatre to a stage adorned with the classic Hylian symbol, the orchestra was already warming up with
simple tunes like the Song of Storms or village themes. The crowd was particularly friendly, as complete strangers shared stories of their favorite Zelda moments. The lights
fell and the conductor took the stage, and a smattering of applause welcomed the overture. The tone was set for the rest of the show, with visuals of the various
Zelda games both past and present accompanied by the orchestra's
performance of the infamous songs. An eruption of applause and cheers
followed the opening montage, and welcomed the lead producer to the stage.
The producer, Jeron Moore, gave a brief overlay of where our musical
journey was headed for the evening, and properly introduced our
conductor Susie Sieter, who helped in making the soundtrack on the
disc with Skyward Sword. He also delved into the meaning behind the concert's name, as the goddesses who shaped the very world Link is in
and created the Triforce are the sole constant within each Zelda title.
He went on to layout the
show's four musical movements that we would witness. Each movement took
you through a synopsis of a popular Zelda game while melding together
the iconic music of that particular title. For our show,
it began with the Ocarina of Time and would then move to Wind Waker.
After a brief intermission, the symphony would close out with Twilight
Princess, and Link to the Past.
The movements had the crowd
enthralled, as cheers went up upon seeing favorite characters flash
across the screen and laughter erupted at footage that showcased Link running
from a swarm of chickens. Each movement's end gave way to applause and
an overall energetic response. Despite listening to the 25th anniversary
CD over and over again, it did not lessen the impact of hearing it
performed live; even if a couple of the tracks were straight renditions
from disc to stage.
Great listen, even better in person
As I passed through each movement that nostalgic feeling
overwhelmed me. Here was this franchise that I spent countless hours with by
crawling through dungeons, hacking away at bushes for rupees, and
defeating Ganon again and again; and it was being showcased on a full
stage surrounded by others who shared that same experience. It was not
just the music that had me so enthralled, but the general atmosphere.
There were people of all ages in this crowd, and every one of them
brought together by a shared enthusiasm for a video game.
it was an incredible show to see live, not everything was perfect.
Occasionally the camera would pan over the symphony itself, but was shot in an odd manner. The
shaky, oftentimes it would end up cuing to the camera still getting
position, and most of the time it would highlight the person in the
symphony doing absolutely nothing. Audible chuckles could be
heard at these moments, but they quickly passed.
Sniff.Sniff...I'm not crying, my contacts are acting up
The show even followed with three encores; The Ballad of the
Windfish from Link's Awakening, the rendition of Gerudo Valley from the soundtrack, and a
new entry demanded by the fans for Majora's Mask. As the credits
went up and the symphony bowed out, the crowd dispersed with smiles on
their faces. I left the symphony with the expected urge to dive back
into the all of the games I had just witnessed. It is hard not to
recommend this show to a fan of the Legend of Zelda, because as someone who has grown
up playing everything the franchise has to offer, it was nothing short
It's not too late to check out the show, and tickets go fast so be
sure to get to it. You can find the latest tour dates and