The Legend of Zelda 25th anniversary concert series Symphony of the Goddesses definitely has a lot fans excited. What dedicated Zelda fan wouldn’t be? Between orchestrated music and meeting other Zelda fans, this is a once in a lifetime experience. But how should people act at Legend of Zelda concert? Aonuma has expressed displeasure at the way American fans have been acting during the concerts.

In an interview with SideMission, Jeron Moore (one of the concert’s producers) explains the processes of how they got the Legend of Zelda concert put together with some behind-the-scenes information about the song selection, what goes into a single concert, and of course audience reactions.

Having heard the rumors of Aouma’s displeasure with the lack of symphony etiquette during the Zelda symphony performances, they attempted to clear that up with Mr. Moore.

SideMission: “What are your thoughts on the audience reactions during the performance in Los Angeles? Apparently Aonuma was disappointed by the US audience?”

Jeron Moore: “I’d rather not speak for Aonuma-san. I do believe he was disappointed that the US audience had posted YouTube videos from the Los Angeles performance, spoiling it for those in London that would experience it shortly thereafter. Aside from that, there’s the ever-present and polarizing argument from fans on how to behave during a symphonic performance (to yell or not to yell during a piece), but you can’t fault the audience for being excited. The concept of a Zelda concert is going to appeal to a lot of people, some of which have never been to an orchestral concert before. I was excited to see our audience in Dallas reserve their enthusiasm for between the pieces… it really allowed the audience to hear every nuance of the arrangements. Though when the 4th movement began, devoted to A Link to the Past, it admittedly got a little rowdy. I may have even screamed a bit (oops).”

So while Mr. Moore cannot confirm Mr. Aonuma’s opinions on the symphony etiquette matter, it remains an issue to be considered. Many Zelda fans may have never attended a symphony before and are possibly not aware of symphony etiquette.  Even Moore expressed that he screamed a little during the concert. Those who attend are probably excited and obviously a little rowdy because of their devotion toward the series.

But the real question is whether or not it is respectful to cheer during a Legend of Zelda concert?  It may not be appropriate for Classical symphony performances, but the music from the Legend of Zelda series isn’t Classical music, so does the same etiquite apply?

Let us know what you think in the comments. To cheer or not to cheer?

Source: Gametrailers (via GoNintendo)


  • zeldafan223

    I havent heard about this yet… but if I was there, I would go crazy, too!!!

  • Dionne Ortiz

    Aheheehe…. ooops….

  • zeldafan223

    It seems more like Aonuma was upset about people posting footage online than people cheering. In the 'Iwata Asks' that he did (, he didn't really seem to care.

  • Twister92

    Clap and cheer between songs. If you notice in the Orchestral Game Concert there is clapping, but it is after the end of the song. Be respectful, let others hear the music.

    • Psi

      Honestly…if you can't hear the symphonic music over clapping, the problem is less about clapping and more about ridiculously bad sound systems.

      • HeikV

        There is usually little or none electronical sound amplifying in symphonic concerts. You really can't put a microphone for 60+ musicians and make it sound good, especially with classical instruments which are not meant to be amped at all. So shut up and listen to the music.

  • trinity waffles

    Who wouldn't be excited going to a Zelda symphony? It's almost every Zelda fan's dream to hear live orchestral music from the game. 🙂
    But yeah, they probably could have contained their excitement just a little show respect in between times.

  • Woflink12

    Actually, the music in Zelda is classical music. Just because it is contemporary, doesn't exclude it from the classical genre. Although it is exciting, cheers and applause should definitely be saved for after each piece in a symphony concert. Ignorance of etiquette doesn't make it any more respectul.

  • Personally, I think classical etiquette should be applied. Yes, it's incredibly exiting, but what would you rather hear: beautiful orchestrated music from a series we love, or loud screams and cheers over the music? Not to mention cheering during the performance is rude to the orchestra. They put a lot of work and practice into doing these symphonies, the least we can do is hold our applause until the very end.

    Sigh, i can only hope the audience I'll be a part of will be so courteous…

  • Jeron Moore

    "Aonuma upset about people acting Deku nuts during Zelda symphony" — come on ZU, the title of what you're reporting totally misrepresents what was actually said in the GT interview. -__-


    • bastian

      My apologies for the news post writer’s misunderstanding. The post has been edited to more accurately reflect the content of the interview.

      • But clearly Aonuma-san was referring to people who had uploaded videos to YouTube.. not the audience's enthusiasm.

  • Joshua Lindquist

    At the Dallas event, they made it clear that clapping between pieces was normally considered bad behavior at the symphony. Traditionally, you only clap after the entire symphony is over.

    However, they also specifically told us that the Symphony of the Goddesses was a "celebration" and they encouraged us to clap between pieces.

    I don't think anything was inappropriate in Dallas (as they said in the quote). Yeah, people got excited about A Link to the Past. Can you blame them?

    The audience for the Zelda Symphony and the audience for any other symphony that isn't video game themed is completely different. I love classical music and would like to visit the Symphony more often, but most of the people I talk to don't care for classical music. They are there because it's Zelda, and they are excited about Zelda the way they are excited for any other not-classical concert. I think it's unrealistic to expect classical etiquette from "un-classical" people

  • Link Harkanian

    Typically, proper etiquette is to wait until each piece is done, or a pause between songs in a movement is given. An exception tends to be the Video Games Live concerts, where the organizers and conductors ENCOURAGE audience cheers and participation, but that's specifically with the statements of the organizers. But I've read Aonuma's comments, and he's more disappointed at the video footage and the audio recordings of the concert than the actual reactions. Something also to consider is the difference in etiquette between Japanese culture and US. In Japan, SILENCE is considered a great respect, that no sound or word could honor the appreciation and grandness of what you have witnessed. So there is that too.

  • Disciple of Midna

    *groans* YouTube videos? Really people? Why did they feel the need to do that? >.>

    • FireBall

      Because there are many people from around the world that knows that the concert will not reach their countries or cities and cannot afford traveling to that, wanting then to at least see through a video how it was even knowing that wouldn't be the same experience.

      • Soulless Creature

        Why not wait until it's out on cd… is it going to be released on cd ? (I haven't got a clue, if so please reply with answer)

      • RobertStyx

        Some one doesn't seem to understand sarcasm…

  • America

    Most of the people there probably went to Video Games Live before (such as I did personally) since it tours more frequently in North America, and there despite it having an orchestra, cheering during the pieces is ENCOURAGED.

    In the end, you should say whether or not you want the audience to cheer whenever, or just be reserved. Y’know?

    • the_voice

      VGL is the exception to the rule. You don't scream like you're at a rock concert during a classical music performance. (Unless, I suppose, the conductor tells you to.)

      In other words, when in doubt, don't shout.

      • Kelly

        How often do people go to classical concerts? Even though VGL is the exception to the rule, I doubt that many fans of the zelda series would have even known that before going to the concert. Simple solution: Have a pamphlet explaining the proper manners. I'm sure Zelda fans would be more than happy to oblige.

  • Darkstar

    Guarenteed the same E3 2004 audience attended the L.A concert. Both events were in L.A, just different years. That would explain the intense cheering lol

  • Tracie

    Hm. So about this proper etiquette at symphony concerts.
    I was planning on wearing my Zelda cosplay to the concert. I know this is not Video Games Live, who encourages cosplay. After reading this I am now paranoid if cosplaying would be seen as "inappropriate" for a symphony concert.

    • Matthew

      They encourage Zelda cosplay cause I went to the one in LA concert and there were people cosplaying, so it's fine. I don't see why you would think it's not, but okay!

    • Shaelyn

      it's appropriate. at the Dallas concert, the conductor in a certain kind of voice – the kind where you just *KNOW* she's grinning, even if you can't see – asked how many costumed fans where there. there was quite a bit of cheering. I showed up in costume, and absolutely nothing about it seemed awkward or inappropriate.

      props are another matter. frankly, you're not going to have enough room for that shiny Hylian shield with you when you take your seat, with people shimmying in front of you to get to theirs.

  • Link Harkanian

    Oh,m hey encourage cosplay at these kind of events. What got Aonuma upset was the video recordings and audio recordings of the concert being uploaded online afterwards.

  • starrygirl287

    Concert etiquette = common sense
    No yelling, wait until a piece is over (when the conductor bows) before applauding, try to stay in your seat during a piece, etc.
    How are people supposed to hear a song when others are screaming?
    Containing excitement is very difficult, I understand. But, don't you think that The Legend of Zelda deserves respect?

  • ZeldaGurl_

    As said by Zelda herself, "All of that may be well intentioned and true, but it doesn't mean it's right… and it doesn't excuse my actions". I feel that this is the exact situation here between Aonuma and the audience's reactions. Yes, I understand exactly how the audience is feeling, I honestly cannot wait for when it comes to Orlando in July, however, people need to understand that this is a whole new level of sophistication for The Legend of Zelda. And, just because people are having fan boy/girl moments, doesn't mean they can't respect the proper behavior.

    I'm not going to say that is was absolutely horrible, and that they completely set out to ruin it for others, because I get it! You hear your childhood themes played in a great hall, and emotion and excitement hit you. It's for this reason that I think that some exceptions can be made, so long as it's not rudely disturbing the majority. I'm probably going to start sobbing my eyes out, no doubt, and I'll probably hum along, but I'm going to try my best to not whoop and holler for the sake of others. It's definitely true that going to a Symphony Concert is an aquired taste, and it's understandable that some people can be naive to these rules.

    Aonuma, growing around the Japanese culture, I'm sure is used to much more silence, and so I see why he could think of us as rude. As far as the Youtube videos? C'mon you guys. Save the magic for the people who have yet to see it. ATLEAST wait until the tour is over to post anything.

  • Error

    Symphony etiquette is lacking all around, at least in my city. I saw Play! a few years back and was pretty unhappy with the teens talking nonstop behind me, even during the quiet movements, and all of the cellphone sounds. I don't have any problem with people getting excited, cheering, etc., but one of society's "understood" rules is that you don't chat it up during an orchestra performance. It's rude.

  • Error

    PS I can understand YouTube posting. I can tell you I live in a city a plane trip away from any of the US tour spots. I can't afford the trip. That said, I'd gladly buy a complete concert CD or DVD if Nintendo puts one out.

  • Eximius

    I am so exited about the concert, that I don't even get close to the you tube videos nor reviews for the concert. i just want to walk in and enjoy. One thing is for sure, it will much better that Cirque du Solei: The Michael Jackson experience.
    Besides i do not blame much the guys who uploaded the videos to youtube. It was a limited performance, I first though I missed one of the greatest experiences ever.

  • Gward

    bitches better be silent during the music so I can hear it as opposed to their fucking cheering.
    I'm not paying 100dollars to hear dumbfuckers cheer. I'm paying it to hear the zelda symphony orchestra

  • Mahboi

    Being a professional classical pianist, I've hosted many concerts myself, and I believe that even if game music is a completely different genre (and it is), people should respect the musicians. They did spend hours and hours creating and arranging the pieces, after all (I speak from experience) and they deserve respect for that. Another issue here is possibly distraction to the orchestra. It's well known to any performer that coughing and talking in the audience can be unnerving, especially if the performer is nervous.
    I haven't heard the concert, but for example, what would you think about raucous cheering during a heartbreaking, quiet rendition of Zelda's Lullaby?

  • Soeroah

    If it ever came to South Australia, I'd go. And I'd appreciate the rest of the fans keeping quiet- I would try my best to.

    Cheering and clapping during an orchestral concert is like talking during a movie. Rock concerts are easier to forgive people for going nuts at, because it's much louder, but an orchestra doesn't use sound systems, usually, and relies on the acoustics of the hall.

    In my opinion, if the Japanese could get through the whole concert excited but almost completely silent, anyone should be able to. LoZ is a great series, but the music isn't appropriate for acting like you're at a rock concert.

  • I was at the Symphony at Dallas and I don't recall anyone yelling. Everyone was respectful and gave applause at every intermission since they allowed it. I loved it though!

    • Shaelyn

      I do remember quite a bit of cheering at the start of the ALttP segment. it didn't last long, though.

  • Gavin

    This might have been caused by the age of the people attending the concerts; the majority of people who attend classical music concerts tend to be over 30, probably more like over 40 and they have life experience on how to act during such events. From the text above it seems that people acted as if they were at a pop / rock etc. concert when clearly the concert had a more classical agenda.

  • Supportedcoffe

    I would rather hear every piece of the music than hear fans screaming all the time even if i probably would want to scream to.

  • Hyrule's Shadow

    Ok, it's still a symphony and people have to respect and enjoy. Maybe after every number, i'll applaud but I won't yell, sure i'm excited but you don't have to yell to show your enthusiasm, you're already there listening to the official Zelda symphony.



  • Thomas

    It's most certainly very very unrespectful to start cheering during the music just because you recognise the piece. It's unrespectful to the people who play the music and to the other people in the audience.
    But very unfortunatly I didn't attend a concert yet, so I speak only of what I saw in the YouTube Videos..

  • Nen desharu

    Some venues that play classical music offer discounts to people under 30. Yes, the programs have etiquette printed on them! It should be that if anyone makes too much noise during classical or classical-style performances, they should get kicked out to the lobby and watch the screen there. I know that it is hard to hold one's excitement, but it is proper etiquette. It might mean that future concert dates will have more stringent rules on etiquette.

    • EMM

      It's more than proper etiquette. It's necessary to hear and understand the piece. The Nintendo orchestrators weave elements so tightly that if someone squeals or screams or claps or craps themselves, they'll miss an "a ha!" moment. This goes for almost any classical concert.

      Save that behavior for Pop concerts, which seldom have such nuance.

  • DarkMajora

    I'm guessing he's never been to Video Games Live. Right at the beginning we were told "this isn't a stuffy stuck up show. We want to know how much you like us. When your favorite part of your favorite song comes up you yell as loud as you want!" People were still quite for the most part but when something super popular came on (Warcraft, Civilization, God of War, Advent Rising, Halo, Castlevania) people went CRAZY!

  • Merq

    I only just now realised that this concert could be totally ruined by some idiot who doesn't know how to shut up. Oh god… I hope not.

  • PeacefullyCrazy

    Meh, we're Americans. It's in our blood. We MUST clap between pieces in a Zelda concert or it'd just feel weird.

    • Rosalina

      Lol. That reminds me of the first time I ever went to a cinema in America. I was surprised when people started clapping at the end of the movie.

      It was all so strange to me, because in Australia people are pretty quiet during movies and only ever make a noise if something is funny or scary on screen. But clapping would be seen as really weird. Most people just get up and leave as soon as the credits start rolling.

  • aeolus

    Its incredibly disrespectful to the musicians, composers, conductors, and other audience members to scream and cheer in the middle of a piece. This isn't drum corp (where your screaming can't possibly cover up the music), its an orchestra concert. If you scream,then that means you don't care to hear what comes next or what is playing, you just got excited to hear something you did like. I've listened to concert recordings (not of this, but other concerts) where people will cheer and yell and completely cover up my favorite parts of the entire piece. People in this country (and around the world) just don't understand etiquette.

  • falconfetus8

    Well then, fuck you for ruining it for the people who want to hear the music.

  • toonlinkrocks

    While I understand the excitement fans must feel about the awesomeness that must be that concert. They need to realize that they are at a CONCERT and should plan to act as if they are attending any old classical concert.

  • HyruleWeirdo

    It's not a freaking rock concert.

  • Red Bear LuX

    Honestly it comes down to respect, and cheering and 'wooing' in the middle of a performance is disrespectful no matter how you look at it, it's like cutting someone off mid-sentence, it's rude.

    But at the same time I also think the American audience were 'trying' to show respect, by basically saying 'Fuck yeah this is awesome!'.

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  • Yeah, I can definitely understand Aonuma's frustration with American audiences if they are truly acting that way during the performances, but at the same time you can't completely fault the fans. I personally don't appreciate people yelling in my ear when trying to listen to the beautiful masterpieces I paid good money to come hear and celebrate, but again it's America. =/

    Maybe there should be an announcement before the concert asking audiences to refrain from acting obnoxious during the movements and to save it for transitions? (clapping to the beat at certain points would be fine though with me at least. Even a Japanese audience did that during the "Rainbow Cruise" track of the Smashing…Live! album, haha)

  • Jarmihi

    The train of thought should be: I'm in a theater watching a performance/movie. I should be quiet.

  • Well screw you too bud!

  • GabrielM

    I would probably scream and cry like a girl if I could ever go to see a Zelda symphony, I can't really blame those people.

  • isha

    you can scream after the concert is done when you got home.

  • zeldafan86

    Well, this article is 5 years old, but I still can’t get over my disappointing experience during the concert, speaking not just about the U.S. audience,I saw/heard the Symphony of the Goddesses in Germany (Munich 2015). There were mainly teens, a lot cosplay, I felt old – but there was absolutely no problem with that … until the concert played. As a 30+ man, some will roll their eyes, but the music of A Link To The Past means a lot for me. I knew what would have been played, because I’ve seen some clips on youtube – there’s a difference between looking at a few not so good clips on YT and real orchestral sound atmosphere, so why should I be spoiled regarding the power of the own experience? – My point is, just for example, the sudden storm of Agahnim’s power is throwing Link into the Dark World, it is THAT scene when the Dark World Theme starts – but wait, I wasn’t able to focus on this overwhelming beauty of music and deep nostalgia carried by great imagination, instead again and again joilt out by drowning teens screaming out their euphoria with the most ear-hurting shrieks. – What was the f*** point of this excessive screaming? – I won’t say, they should not have fun, that’s ridiculous. On the other hand, as
    a low paid individual, this concert wasn’t just the casual fun as some of the audience made it appear like that – I just wanted to enjoy it, but it was almost ruined, surrounded by spoiled and cosseted brats just looking for the cheap and easy entertaining.