The Legend of Zelda Symphony

OK, so this isn’t typically what I post on my blog, but I figured that it’s still pretty nerdy, so it’s close enough.

I went to see the Legend of Zelda Symphony when it came to Toronto and the show was fantastic.  Short, in symphony terms (about 2 hours, plus intermission), but it was packed with some really epic adaptations of all the music from my youth until today.  This was the set list of the concert (to the best of my recollection):

The Legend of Zelda Overture
The Dungeon Medley
Kakariko Village
Ocarina Songs Medley
Movement 1:  Ocarina of Time
Movement 2:  Wind Waker

Intermission

Great Fairy Theme
Movement 3:  Twilight Princess
Movement 4:  Link to the Past

Encore 1:  Minish Cap
Encore 2:  Gerudo Valley
Encore 3:  Majora’s Mask Medley

The show was amazing and I had trouble trying to decide whether to watch the musicians do their thing or watch the giant screen that showed CGI landscapes of Hyrule, mixed with game footage to accompany the music.  The music was perfectly timed with the images on the screen and evoked the full range of emotions that the Zelda franchise has drawn out of me over the years.  They had a montage of Link being attacked by angry chickens, countless memorable boss battles and key plot points (if you hadn’t finished the games, there were tons of spoilers about how they ended).  The crowd was a rowdy bunch who cheered a deafening roar with each new piece and the energy in the place was running high.

Opening with the Overture was awesome.  It showed the chronology of the game, playing the games theme music blended with some of the most memorable themes from Link to the Past, Ocarina of Time and Skyward Sword.  The dungeon theme showed some of the nasty puzzles from throughout the franchise.  Some of the music from the dungeons of Link to the Past I hadn’t heard in years, but the music drew that nostalgia from me in an instant.  Hearing the palace theme from Zelda II, done in orchestral, brought a huge smile to my face.  The Ocarina Medley was really well done.  Opening with a blend of Zelda’s Lullaby and the Song of Time complete with a choir was jaw-droppingly awesome.

Each movement took you through the storyline of each game, the music punctuating between exploration and epic battles with Ganon.  The Wind Waker Movement was particularly sweet, as it was the first Legend of Zelda Game my kids actively enjoyed with me, cheering me on and wanting to see the next part of the story.  The conductor even traded her usual baton for a Wind Waker replica, which was a nice touch.  The Twilight Princess movement was powerful, given the darker tone of the game.  The voices of the choir added an eerie power to the images on the screen, especially Ganon’s Dirge, when Link is facing Ganondorf for the last time.

The crowd was running high when the first encore began and gave the orchestra a long standing ovation (the first of three), but when they performed the Gerudo Valley piece, many there (myself included) were ecstatic.  When they came on for the third encore, they brought out the musical director and he explained that they had been listening to the fanbase as they had been traveling and out of the millions of suggestions they had received over the months they’d been doing this, one thing kept coming up.  Give Majora’s Mask some love.  So when he announced they’d be closing out with a Majora’s Medley, the place went nuts.

Overall, it was a fantastic evening with a good friend and lots of great music.  If they ever bring the show back to Toronto, I’d go see it again in a heartbeat.  Or if they did a Metroid symphony… that’d be pretty awesome too…

Now if you’ll excuse me, I think I need to dig out my N64 and SNES to dust off my Link to the Past and Majora’s Mask skills…  😉

J.

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~ by 1nsomniac on September 16, 2012.

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