Experiencing The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses concert

The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses
The Legend of Zelda has been around for nearly as long as the release of the NES in America. The franchise is known for its strong stories, great gameplay, and wonderful sense of adventure. Of course, we can’t forget about the music. And it is as iconic as our hero’s sword, shield and green tunic. This year Nintendo brought back The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses tour for a second running. This allowed more fans a chance to experience some of their favorite music played live by an orchestra.

Nerd Reactor was able to attend the symphony at the Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco. I checked out the original The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddess tour a few years back and was eager to hear some of the newer music performed live.

The entire show is played against a backdrop of captured footage of Zelda games. And each video matches the song(s) being played at the time. Every sound during the show is performed live minus the sounds of certain effects from nature. (For example, water rushing, winds blowing and other naturally occurring elements.) The Symphony of the Goddesses this year pulled music from many games including Ocarina of Time, Majora’s Mask, Skyward Sword, A Link to the Past, A Link Between Two Worlds, Windwaker, Twilight Princess, and Breath of the Wild. There’s ¬†another very welcome surprise treat that I won’t spoil for those who have yet to see the show.

The show was broken up into two halves. The first half played more isolated pieces from each of the games. And the second half included a medley of songs that covered more music options but in shorter arrangements. While the first half was good, the second half was by far my favorite portion of the symphony. The arrangements and weaving in and out of certain songs made my heart flutter with nostalgia and goosebumps. I wish there was more of a deeper dive into specific tracks for various games. The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses is aimed at capturing the broad audience using its most iconic tracks. By far my favorite arrangements of the night came from both Windwaker and A Link to the Past and the surprise title.

Although Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask still have my favorite music of the franchise, the tracks selected were not the ones I was hoping to hear. This is due to them being a bit too obscure for the broader audience. However, I was still filled with enjoyment and delight thanks to the amazing orchestra, wonderful arrangements, and of course, the quality music created by the original composer Koji Kondo.

There are plenty of souvenirs to pick up from the symphony including t-shirts, posters and Link’s Windwaker baton to a 79-page songbook filled with sheet music for this iconic franchise.

The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses is a must see for Zelda fans. The music in the Zelda franchise is one of the most iconic ever. And despite it being 30 years, it still continues to captivate and impress fans of old and new. There are still plenty of stops left on the tour, so make sure you check it out when it’s in your town. You don’t want to miss out on some of the best video game music ever performed live.

If you’d like to see the show, you can check out the schedule for The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses tour here.

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Legends tell of a princess captured and raised by Ninjas to be their future leader. Jada was trained from an early age to max the luck stat, always strike first and to never surrender.