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The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses at the Mann
  by: Kibarra - Philadelphia, PA
started: 07/27/12 5:14 am | updated: 07/27/12 5:14 am
Last night, July 25th, marked the 25th anniversary of the The Legend of Zelda. It was celebrated by the Pittsburgh Symphony and Philadelphia Singer's Chorale, led by Susie Seiter, creating a nostalgic experience of music and cinematic beauty.

The show at the Mann Center began with an introduction by the producer, Jeron Moore, with a visual and musical guide of the three goddesses and the mythology of Hyrule, the universe of Zelda. Unsurprisingly, the first movement focused on the fan favorite, Ocarina of Time. This warm music was accompanied by the gameplay of Zelda on Nintendo 64.

The second movement was Wind Walker, released in 2002 for the Gamecube. This movement was perhaps the most beautiful of all, if that is not to strong of a statement since the entire symphony was breathtaking. This movement focused on the brass section but maintained a whimsical feel.

After a brief intermission, the third movement began with a refreshing bit on The Great Fairy's Fountain Theme before moving into "one of Zelda's darkest times", The Twilight Princess. As this movement was much darker than the others it challenged the orchestra's strength while keeping the whimsical beauty, even while accompanying yet another of Link's battles with Ganondorf, The Great King of Evil.

The final movement was a reinterpretation of selections from A Link to the Past, Super Nintendo version of 1991, and were performed with classic accuracy but was filled with the conductor's own flourishes. After the show was finished and applause thundered, Moore agreed to play another. The encore played was Link's Awakening.

This was by far the most interesting show I ever attended. Although I have seen many amazing performers, I have never felt a camaraderie and shared energy as I did during the symphony. Diehard fans ranged from 4-64 years old. Many were dressed up and I have never seen such a flood at the merchandise table. If given the chance, I highly recommend going to see the Symphony of the Goddesses, it is an experience that cannot be duplicated.

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