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GameOctane Goes to the Zelda Symphony!

by on December 7, 2016
 

The Zelda Symphony was in Salt Lake City earlier this week, and Ryan and Allie were lucky enough to attend! It’s a very unique production, with an orchestra and choir playing fancy symphony versions of the music we all know from a variety of Zelda games. Not only that, but there is accompanying gameplay footage with the music. It’s truly a unique experience, and Ryan and Allie can’t wait to share their thoughts!

Allie: Oh wow! I attended the Zelda Symphony last year too, and I can assure you that it is just as delightful a second time around. I never get tired of a fun new take on the classic music I know so well. The biggest change I noticed from last year to this year, was actually in the audience. Last year the audience seemed to be made up almost exclusively of young adults, dressed either very fancy, or cosplaying. This year I saw lots of families with their kids, which was AWESOME. I love that kids are being exposed to the fine arts through their favorite video games!

One of my favorite changes this year though was the updated gameplay graphics for the Twilight Princess section. Twilight Princess HD was released earlier this year, and the Symphony kept up-to-date with their gameplay footage! I was very pleased to see this. Additionally, there was a full section of Triforce Heroes this time around! It was an extremely fun piece, which was a perfect fit considering the whimsical nature of the game. 

I was really hoping to hear some music from Breath of the Wild! Last year we were treated to a short piece from Triforce Heroes before its release. We weren’t quite so lucky to get a Breath of the Wild number this year, but I would absolutely go again if they included that game in the next concert.

I would definitely see the Zelda Symphony a third time, but the chance to see another game turned into a symphony would be awesome. I would be so excited if there was a Kingdom Hearts symphony! 

Ryan:  What a fantastic evening!  The night was really interesting for a number of reasons.  First, I loved seeing so many fans of all ages at the performance.  Zelda brings together people of all ages and backgrounds.  Seeing a mix of formal dress and cosplay was a sight to see.  

I had the chance to see the Pokemon Symphony earlier in the year, so I knew what to expect going into the concert.  The night was filled with medleys of various Zelda songs and tunes.  I really liked the accompaniment of the choir as the symphony played.  We heard music from all the Zelda games.  Intermixed with the music were clips from Shigeru Miyamoto and other people involved with the making of Zelda.  Their words touched on the impact of Zelda and the purpose of the music in the games.  It was a really nice touch to the concert.  

Of course, I absolutely loved hearing music from Link to the Past and Ocarina of Time (my favorite Zelda games).  I also loved hearing music from games that I never had the chance to play, like Windwaker and Skyward Sword.  I loved the subtle changes in music between each game, showing the care that was needed to perfectly match each piece of music to the story in each game.  I have to admit, I REALLY wanted to see a piece from Breath of the Wild.  It looks like I will need to go back next year to hear how they incorporate the new game into the symphony.

Overall, I had a fantastic time watching the Zelda Symphony.  Make sure to check out http://zelda-symphony.com/pages/schedule to see when the symphony is hitting your town.  If you haven’t seen it yet, and love the series, then you owe it to yourself to check out the concert.  You won’t regret it!

If you haven’t yet, make sure to check out our exclusive interview with Jason Michael Paul, Executive Producer of the Zelda Symphony right here!

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What do you think? Have you been to a Zelda Symphony in your hometown? Always wanted to go? Let us know in the comments below!

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