Art is a beautiful thing. It has an effect on morale, which can be exponential when it stimulates multiple senses. On Sat., Nov. 2, 2013 the "The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses” concert in Boston was phenomenal for that purpose. You would come to hear the gorgeous music and fun video projections, but the Wang Theatre provided the perfect locale to also introduce the element of interesting architecture. You could spend hours bewitched by the gold leaf surfaces, various paintings, marble, ornate chandeliers, Greco-Roman protruding statues and other décor. In fact, you may recognize the lobby if you have seen the movie “The Witches of Eastwick.” It is featured as a section of Darryl Van Horne's home in that film. It is a spot worthy for the tour title “Symphony of the Goddesses.”
For a review of the concert from a gamer's perspective, read this article by David Leavitt.
Music connoisseurs and video game nerds alike piled in to this stop on the tour either dressed to the nines or donning their cosplay attire. Whether you were seated in the orchestra, the balcony, or the pit the acoustics made possible from the Cathedral-like structure make the experience fantastic in any seat in the house. In moments of silence, you could hear a pin drop or a cough echo several times. Imagine hearing classical renditions of the music made throughout the years of the Zelda franchise with a full symphony orchestra and a choir in such an environment.
The music beautifully played by this philharmonic orchestra combined with the moving footage of assorted Zelda games of the past gave audience members a feeling of fond nostalgia. For this Boston Examiner, seeing and hearing the likeness of those games created waves of memories. I remember watching my older brother play the 8-bit games on his classic Nintendo and later on his Super Nintendo. Flash forward to my days right after college and I recall happily watching a boyfriend play the old games on his Nintendo Wii. Those were the good ol' days .
Now that I have painted a picture of the scene with my words, let's get to the music. Conceive the idea of synchronized bows slashing through the air to hit their matching string instruments. There was clashing percussion and brass for the fighting scenes with the dichotomy of brief periods of serene quiet executed by hushed violins and flutes for landscapes and establishing shots.
To say the least, this concert was well-received by quiet laughter, loud hooting, and thunderous applause. There was a standing ovation and a few encores.
On a side note, this concert was particularly “epi-friendly,” with the exception of a brief few moments displaying one of the 8-bit games when facing a end-game boss. The video screen rarely flashed too fast and given the nature of many video games and strobing concerts, that was a nice change of pace. You can't say classical music without saying “class”.
If you missed out on the Boston date, you can still catch up with the tour in other cities.
Please note this article is based off of a free press pass.
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