The Legend of Zelda comes to Orpheum Theatre, symphonically

The Legend of Zelda comes to Orpheum Theatre, symphonically
Andrew Craig

Deemed one of the most beloved video games of all time, The Legend of Zelda has continued to gain popularity over the past 25 years. This Saturday, the celebrated Nintendo game will be brought to life in The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses Tour, a live orchestral performance at the Orpheum Theatre.

With a 66-piece orchestra, two harps and a 24-voice choir, the concert, conducted by Eimear Noone, features songs from The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time, The Wind Waker, Twilight Princess, A Link to the Past, Link's Awakening and Majora's Mask.

"The music just lends beautifully to this type of orchestral presentation. Much like film music, it really tells a story and that's what we've done with the music through our concert," Jason Michael Paul, CEO and executive producer of Jason Michael Paul Productions, Inc. says.

To tell the story, Paul says it is important to have a full orchestra.

"One thing about my production that you'll never see compromised is the size and quality of the orchestra," Paul says. "Sometimes when you see a touring show the first thing to get cut is the size of the orchestra because it's a lot of money. That's not the case with my show."

With all of the concerts he has worked on with his production company- including Final Fantasy- Paul says Zelda is his favorite and has a special place in his heart.

"We've all grown up with this video game," Paul says. "It's a historic franchise that just can't help but become a part of who you are and how you think and how you see the world. Unlike any other fans, I think the Zelda fans are the most devoted. The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses Tour is really a show by fans for fans....It's the fans that make this experience and show that much better. They're just totally into it."

One particular fan from Oklahoma City travels across the country to see The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses Tour.

"It's really nice to see that [fan] dedication and he's also just a wonderful guy. I've had many interactions with fans. ..For me, it's really seeing the reaction and the appreciation from the fans that makes it all worth it," Paul says.

Paul says that the dress code for the symphony varies with patrons wearing everything from tuxedos to costumes. He expects to see lots of fans dressed up as 'Link' this Saturday.

"The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses Tour is the best Zelda experience you'll have in your life," Paul says. "I'm saying that as a fan. If you're a Zelda fan or a video game fan or even just a music fan, you don't want to miss this opportunity to see the show. It's something you'll remember for the rest of your life." 

The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses Tour  is Saturday, September 22 at 8:00 p.m. at the Orpheum Theatre. Tickets are $49.00-$129.00


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