Last night, I had an amazing experience. Maybe magical. In a quiet part of Northern Virginia, at an outdoor theater called Wolf Trap, I got to enjoy the National Symphony Orchestra performing Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses. If you have the chance… you should too.
I’m not a Zelda guy. I haven’t played a Zelda game since the very first one, though I have enjoyed watching my girlfriend play/curse at several of them. So I didn’t really know the music or even the whole Zelda story — but the atmosphere last night for a concert felt an awful lot like being at a Con. These were my people. And I’ve rarely been at an orchestral performance where so many people in the audience were playing a DS — even during the show.
But I’m not a Zelda guy. And still — the music I heard last night was amazing. I was especially floored by the fact that the audience was so into it. People were yelling and cheering and laughing and the music just rolled over us. Since I didn’t know what I was getting into. So we had a great time, just Jenny and I. I mean, this was for her, really, she’s the Zelda nut, but it turned out to be so much more than I expected.
When the conductor began the 2nd movement, she spoke to the audience, telling us how it’s not normal for a symphony to pause between movements — but this night, this show, was special — and she thought it was only appropriate that if she was going to conduct the music from Wind Waker that she should use the right baton…
More amazingly, when she conducted the Song of Storms later in the show, well, it stormed. And not a little… it Stormed. I was glad to be in the pavilion — I can’t imagine what it was like on the lawn. And after the storm, as the symphony wound toward the finale, a beautiful breeze picked up and swept away the heat and humidity and left the night to end on a perfect note.
Music in games is a powerful thing and music in video games becomes ever more amazing. On the drive home we listened to the Dragon Age soundtrack (just keeping with the evening’s theme). But the creative, storytelling aspects of the performance were wonderful too. I don’t want to gush – but it was a magical time and if you have the chance, even if you are not a big Zelda person, do yourself a favor and see this. You won’t regret it.