Since 2012, The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses has been dazzling audiences around the world who want to relive essential moments from the series, immersing us in the music that helps to make those moments so memorable. On October 13, Symphony of the Goddesses, now in its third iteration entitled Master Quest, relied a little less on the nostalgia of classics, and a little more on the anticipation and promotion of Tri Force Heroes.
Making their first ever television appearance, the symphony debuted music and visuals from the new game for 3DS on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert ahead of the game’s release on October 23. Master Quest will continue into 2016 with recently announced tour dates, featuring more new music and visuals from the upcoming Tri Force Heroes.
Their performance on The Late Show was only the beginning of a very busy Tuesday in New York City for the production. After taping that show in Manhattan, the symphony and its conductor Amy Andersson packed up and crossed the East River to Brooklyn. That evening, they put on a concert at Barclays Center, where I was able to see Symphony of the Goddesses for the first time.
Standing in line to enter the venue on a drizzly evening, there were all types of fans present. I didn’t quite realize just how diverse a group of Zelda fans could be. Seeing male and female Link cosplayers standing in line besides a couple dressed in business professional attire and a mother accompanying her pre-teen son was a sight to behold.
Once inside and seated, reverence swept over the crowd as the orchestra warmed up. Throughout the show and encouraged by the host, cheers resonated from the audience triggered by emotional or intense cues, often accompanied by clips from their respective games. I couldn’t help but experience the chills I often get while in the midst of a battle to save Hyrule. Perhaps the most distinct example of this personally is the excerpt of “Ganondorf Battle” from Ocarina of Time featured within the concerts’ “Boss Battle Medley”.
It’s impossible to resist feeling the full gamut of emotions that The Legend of Zelda series inspires while witnessing Symphony of the Goddesses in concert. There to counsel you through the experience are a few video clips of Shigeru Miyamoto, Eiji Aunoma, and the true star of the evening: series composer Koji Kondo.
If you consider yourself a fan of The Legend of Zelda, then I highly recommend getting tickets for Symphony of the Goddesses if you have not yet had the opportunity to do so. And even if you have — go again! The show has steadily evolved in each iteration. Fans of Majora’s Mask will be particularly satisfied, as the current program features a healthy dose of music from that game.