Wow…It was quite a night in San Francisco. Fans donned green getups, complete with hats and the occasional shield and sword. Even Ganon graced the streets of San Francisco, though his presence was few and far between.
While San Francisco has its fair share of diehard fans willing to show their Zelda-pride any day of the year, it was a special night for Zelda enthusiasts and music lovers alike. Wednesday night was the only San Francisco performance of “The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses”…a performance 25 years in the making.
The performance at Davies Symphony Hall began like any other – packed with people from around the Bay Area and beyond, excited to hear the musicians perform. Apart from the vast number of Links adorning San Francisco’s busy streets, there were a number of clues that would lead regular season subscribers to suspect this concert would be different than other performances – the large number of young adults and children in t-shirts, jeans, and Zelda sweatshirts; the many handheld game systems used to pass the time before the show and during intermission; the closing of the regular symphony gift shop to host one table for the sale of concert posters and t-shirts; and the absence of concert playbills to list the order of the evening’s music.
The Symphony of the Goddesses featured a four movement symphony, arranged by Chad Seiter and conducted by Eímear Noone, accompanied by a wonderful compilation of Zelda footage from 25 years worth of games. The performance included favorites like Majora’s Mask and showed the story of Link and the Triforce, explaining (through video footage) the lore of the goddesses that brought the Triforce into existence.
Not only was the performance in and of itself an incredible experience, but Zelda fans were reeling from the presence of Nintendo of America employees in the seats next to them. (Nintendo is a good 40+ minutes from San Francisco but not a bad drive.)
Despite the typical mad rush to get out of the concert hall and pileup of cars leaving the one decently priced parking garage in the area, it was an incredible evening. It isn’t often you get to experience a night as a “classy nerd,” experiencing video game music with hundreds of other fans in one of the most famous symphony halls in the world.
KitGuru says: It goes without saying that if you have the opportunity to see video game music performed live, do NOT pass it up! Check out one of the many fantastic performances available worldwide. The conductor herself highly recommended Play! A Video Game Symphony. Let us know which performances you plan to see!