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    Growing up, The Legend of Zelda video game series was (and still is) one of my favorite distractions. Taking on the role of a hero in a classic adventure of good versus evil was enthralling not only to my young sensibilities, but to millions of others who have played them in the series’ 30-year history as well.

    In 2012, for the series’ 25th anniversary, Nintendo and Jason Michael Paul Productions created a concert symphony featuring cuts of music from all throughout the games’ history, which since played at cities across the world. Last night, their stop was in Louisville.

    Conducted by Kelly Corcoran with a full orchestra, The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses consists of four movements, each showcasing music from a specific game in the series. The music is timed to coincide with gameplay clips on a large screen in the background.

    Throughout the show, it was noticeable that everybody was having fun, both the audience and those on stage. There were audible cheers and laughter from the crowd when a favorite tune started or an iconic scene appeared on-screen. Corcoran and the musicians clearly enjoy and respect the material they’re working with; the whole show is played with jubilance and enthusiasm, making the experience that much more fun.

    While the music in itself is enjoyable listening for even those who don’t play video games, this is a really special experience for fans. For those who grew up playing The Legend of Zelda, Symphony of the Goddesses is a warm, nostalgic, escapist adventure. By the time I left, I had relived a sizable chunk of my childhood, an experience I sorely needed. Seeing the giddy faces of kids and adults alike - with portions of both even in costume - encapsulates the joy this show evokes.

    You can check out the rest of the tour dates and find more info on the symphony here.



    Photos by Aaron Hartley

    Cover Image: Symphony of the Goddesses



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