Let’s get this out of the way you so you can all just start judging me…I don’t know a single thing about The Legend of Zelda. Nothing. I haven’t a clue. I’ve never played any of the countless Zelda titles, still haven’t played the gritty gothy Zelda knock-offs Darksiders and I haven’t ever really cared either. I almost bought a 3DS to go back and play what everyone says is the pivotal Zelda experience, Ocarina of Time, but in the end concluded that I didn’t care enough to justify buying an entire console.
Seriously. All I know about Zelda are the following three things:
- Robin Williams loved the fantasy series so much that a year or two before I was born, he named his own daughter Zelda.
- Robin and Zelda Williams seem like really cool people after appearing in a Zelda advert last year (or was it the year before?)
- Zelda fans fucking love the music from Zelda games.
I’m not gonna lie, that last one has always boggled my mind. Whenever I hear a track from a Zelda game it seems, at best, utterly underwhelming, but I can appreciate the fact that some Japanese music just needs to worm its way into your psyche over the course about 50-hours before you come to appreciate it.
For example, the following track has been my ring-tone for about two months now:
That isn’t good music but after about 40 hours in the Persona 4 world, that song wasn’t leaving my head anytime soon, so I figured I may as well get busy dying and start infecting the rest of the world.
Anyway, back to the point, Zelda fans love their tunage. Then they should be pleased to hear that ‘The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Godesses’ is releasing across North America. The live show features orchestral renditions of theme music from a range of Zelda titles. Shows venues and dates include:
- Sept. 15: Toronto; Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
- Sept. 22: Minneapolis; Orpheum Theatre
- Oct. 12: Dallas; AT&T Performing Arts Center
- Oct. 18: Boston; Wang Theatre
- Oct. 25: Chicago; The Chicago Theatre
- Nov. 3: San Antonio; The Majestic Theatre
- Nov. 6: Calgary, Alberta; Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
- Nov. 28: New York; The Theater at Madison Square Garden
- Dec. 8: West Palm Beach, Fla.; Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts
- Dec. 9: Miami; Adrienne Arsht Center
- Dec.14: San Jose, Calif.; San Jose Civic
On top of all this, on September 14th, The Rockefeller Plaza Nintendo World Store in New York City will feature a special event featuring interactive work shops, a mini concert and the opportunity to interact with musicians and an ‘Ocarina expert’. I never even knew an Ocarina was a real thing.
This is a really cool idea though. Video-game music is frequently awesome and the more tours or concerts we see happening, the better. Remember when the London Symphonic Orchestra took a whole mess of video-game themes and orchestrated them last year? They made that Angry Birds theme absolutely enchanting! And don’t even get me started on what they did with that Tetris song.
For me to be this jazzed about a concert I won’t be going to (or even get a chance to go to), clearly it shows that music is a powerful tool in and of itself. Any of you guys think this concert’s a pretty cool idea?