A few weeks ago, my sister sent me a very excited e-mail to tell me that she had been invited to sing with the Elora Festival Singers along with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra. They would be performing The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses – Master Quest at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts.
She admitted to never having played any Zelda games so she was unfamiliar with the music. Now, to be quite honest, neither I nor Myles have played very many Zelda games (such terrible nerds!!!), but we have both seen or played enough to recognize the musical themes. The one thing we knew for certain about Zelda was that the music is awesome and very beautiful. We immediately bought tickets for the concert.
It’s always great to attend events that are aimed at proud nerds – there was a sea of green Link shirts and more than a few cosplayers – who voice their appreciation at every possible opportunity. And, what was even more great, is that they were encouraged to do so. We were told from the outset to cheer and applaud as we saw fit; the orchestra and singers seemed to feed off of the crowd’s energy.
I didn’t take any videos, but I did snap a blurry picture of Christina before the lights went down. We met up with her afterwards and she said that the whole chorus and orchestra, most of whom didn’t know anything about Zelda, really enjoyed performing the music. Her only complaint was that she couldn’t see the screen, so she never knew what the audience was reacting to, or why.
Here is a short clip posted by Nintendo of a performance of Master Quest in Tokyo, including live appearances from Zelda producer, Eiji Aonuma, and composer, Koji Kondo. They both appear in video segments as part of the World Tour.
It really was a spectacular concert, and it left Myles and I wanting to play Majora’s Mask, and Twilight Princess, and A Link Between Worlds, and Ocarina of Time, and The Wind Waker, and…and…and…