The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses
|Associated album||The Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary Special Orchestra CD|
|Start date||January 10, 2012|
The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses is a concert tour featuring music from Nintendo's The Legend of Zelda video game series. The concert series is produced by Jason Michael Paul Productions and Nintendo; its music is arranged by Chad Seiter. The tour is named after the Golden Goddesses in the Zelda series. Amy Andersson was the symphony's music director and conductor for the 2015–2016 season.
The name "Symphony of the Goddesses" refers not only to the concert program but also to the four-movement symphony recounting the storylines from several games in the The Legend of Zelda series: A Link to the Past, Ocarina of Time, Twilight Princess, and The Wind Waker. The concert also highlighted orchestral renditions of music from other series games, including Link's Awakening, Majora's Mask, Skyward Sword, and Tri Force Heroes.
On June 7, 2011, at Nintendo's Electronic Entertainment Expo 2011 press event, Jason Michael Paul Productions worked with independent producers Chad Seiter and Jeron Moore to create a four-minute overture spanning 25 years of Zelda music accompanied by images from the same period. After this performance, Shigeru Miyamoto of Nintendo announced that an orchestral CD would accompany the release of Skyward Sword, also produced by Seiter and Moore, and recorded by Hollywood recording engineer Bruce Botnick. A 25th Anniversary concert series would be performed in Tokyo, Los Angeles, and London. All of the concerts were produced by Jason Michael Paul Productions, with producers Jeron Moore and Chad Seiter at the helm.
Evolving from the 25th anniversary concert series, "The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses" concert series kicked off in January 2012 in Dallas, and toured the U.S. and Canada.
The second season, known as "Second Quest" (after a feature found in many Zelda games) consisted of concerts in spring, summer, and fall of 2013. The show went on hiatus after its final "Second Quest" performance in San Jose, California, at the San Jose Civic, performed by the Skywalker Symphony Orchestra, and conducted by now Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions conductor Susie Benchasil Seiter.
The third season, known as "Master Quest", consists of worldwide concerts in 2015 and 2016, but has received harsh criticisms for Jason Michael Paul's removal of original Producer Jeron Moore and Music Writer Chad Seiter, while continuing to use their work.
The San Francisco event in March 2012 included over 1000 attendees. The Los Angeles concert in June 2012 featured Zelda Williams (daughter of actor Robin Williams) as the emcee. She was named after Princess Zelda, the video game series' titular character. A concert was held in May 2012 in Atlanta and was conducted by Susie Seiter.
|March 28, 2012||San Francisco||United States||Davies Symphony Hall||Eímear Noone|
|May 12, 2012||Atlanta||Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre||Susie Seiter|
|June 6, 2012||Los Angeles||Greek Theatre||Eímear Noone|
|September 15, 2012||Toronto||Canada||Sony Centre for the Performing Arts|
|September 22, 2012||Minneapolis||United States||Orpheum Theatre|
|October 12, 2012||Dallas||AT&T Performing Arts Center|
|October 18, 2012||Boston||Wang Theatre|
|October 25, 2012||Chicago||Chicago Theatre|
|November 6, 2012||Calgary||Canada||Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium|
|November 28, 2012||New York City||United States||The Theater at Madison Square Garden|
|December 3, 2012||San Antonio||The Majestic Theatre|
|December 8, 2012||West Palm Beach||Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts|
|December 9, 2012||Miami||Adrienne Arsht Center|
|December 14, 2012||San Jose||San Jose Civic Auditorium|
|January 26, 2013||Milwaukee||The Riverside Theatre|
A concert was held in July 2013 in Baltimore. Concerts were held August 2013 in Newark, New Jersey, September 2013 in Seattle, October 2013 in Grand Rapids, and December 2013 in San Jose, California.
On December 2, 2014, it was announced that Symphony of the Goddesses would get a worldwide 2015 tour of a third season entitled "Master Quest". On October 13, 2015, it was announced that the "Master Quest" season would be extended with performance dates through 2016. The extended concert dates would feature added music and visuals from Tri Force Heroes for the Nintendo 3DS.
|January 21, 2015||Nashville||United States||Schermerhorn Symphony Center|
|January 22, 2015|
|January 30, 2015||Honolulu||Blaisdell Concert Hall|
|February 7, 2015||Tokyo||Japan||Tokyo International Forum|
|February 27, 2015||Boston||United States||Symphony Hall||Amy Andersson|
|March 2, 2015||Seattle||Benaroya Hall|
|March 6, 2015||Monterrey||Mexico||Arena Monterrey|
|March 8, 2015||Mexico City||Arena de Ciudad|
|March 20, 2015||Toronto||Canada||Sony Center PAC|
|April 16, 2015||Stockholm||Sweden||Ericsson Globe|
|April 17, 2015||London||United Kingdom||SSE/Wembley Arena|
|April 19, 2015||Düsseldorf||Germany||Mitsubishi Electric Hall|
|April 20, 2015||Munich||Olympiahalle|
|April 23, 2015||Paris||France||Palais des Congrès|
|April 24, 2015||Milan||Italy||Teatro degli Arcimboldi|
|April 30, 2015||Atlanta||United States||Cobb Energy Center|
|May 3, 2015||Miami||James L Knight Center|
|May 20, 2015||Edmonton||Canada||Northern Jubilee Hall||Amy Andersson|
|May 22, 2015||Vancouver||Queen Elizabeth Theater|
|May 23, 2015||Calgary||Southern Jubilee Hall|
|May 30, 2015||Montreal||Place des Arts|
|June 10, 2015||Las Vegas||United States||The Venetian|
|June 14, 2015||Los Angeles||Walt Disney Concert Hall||Amy Andersson|
|June 20, 2015||Austin||The Long Center PAC|
|July 11, 2015||San Diego||Copley Symphony Hall||Amy Andersson|
|July 18, 2015||Orlando||Dr. Phillips Center|
|August 28, 2015||Charlottesville||John Paul Jones Arena||Amy Andersson|
|August 29, 2015||San Francisco||Davies Symphony Hall|
|September 10, 2015||Durham||Durham Performing Arts Center|
|September 11, 2015||St. Louis||Powell Hall||Amy Andersson|
|September 12, 2015|
|September 13, 2015|
|September 16, 2015||Washington, D.C.||Music Center at Strathmore|
|September 18, 2015||Philadelphia||Mann Center|
|September 25, 2015||Providence||Providence Performing Arts Center|
|October 1, 2015||Chicago||Auditorium Theatre|
|October 2, 2015||Indianapolis||Old National Center|
|October 3, 2015||Milwaukee||Milwaukee Theatre|
|October 13, 2015||New York City||Barclays Center|
|October 15, 2015||Salt Lake City||Abravanel Hall|
|October 18, 2015||Columbus||Ohio Theater|
|October 21, 2015||Houston||Jones Hall|
|October 22, 2015|
|October 24, 2015||Dallas||Music Hall at Fair Park||Eímear Noone|
|October 25, 2015||Portland||Keller Auditorium|
|November 8, 2015||Hamburg||Germany||O2 World||Amy Andersson|
|November 11, 2015||Amsterdam||Netherlands||Heineken Music Hall|
|November 12, 2015||Brussels||Belgium||Palais 12|
|November 13, 2015||Madrid||Spain||Palacio Vista Alegre|
|November 14, 2015||Barcelona||Auditori Forum|
|November 15, 2015||Rome||Italy||Auditorium Conciliazione|
|November 21, 2015||Zürich||Switzerland||Hallenstadion|
|November 22, 2015||Dublin||Ireland||Convention Centre|
|December 5, 2015||San Jose||United States||City National Civic|
|January 21, 2016||Nashville||Schermerhorn Symphony Center|
|January 22, 2016|
|February 23, 2016||Boston||Symphony Hall|
|March 8, 2016||Costa Mesa||Segerstrom Center for the Arts|
|March 19, 2016||Toronto||Canada||Sony Centre|
|March 24, 2016||Jacksonville||United States||Moran Theatre|
|March 26, 2016 †||Kansas City||Music Hall Kansas City|
|March 31, 2016||Memphis||The Orpheum|
|April 1, 2016||New Orleans||Saenger Theater|
|April 3, 2016||Columbus||Ohio Theater|
|April 8, 2016||Charlottesville||John Paul Jones Area|
|April 16, 2016||Miami||Arsht Center|
|April 23, 2016||London||United Kingdom||SSE/Wembley Arena|
|May 7, 2016 †||Santiago||Chile||Theater Cariola|
|May 11, 2016||Guadalajara||Mexico||Teatro Diana|
|May 13, 2016||Monterrey||Arena Monterrey|
|May 15, 2016||Mexico City||Arena de Ciudad|
|May 20, 2016||Nashville||United States||Schermerhorn Symphony Center|
|May 21, 2016||San Antonio||Majestic Theater|
|June 13, 2016||Los Angeles||Dolby Theater|
|June 23, 2016||Austin||Long Center|
|June 25, 2016||Montreal||Canada||Place des Arts|
|July 14, 2016||Denver||United States||Boettcher Concert Hall|
|July 22, 2016||San Diego||Copley Symphony Hall|
|August 6, 2016||Orlando||Walt Disney Theater|
|August 21, 2016||San Francisco||Davies Symphony Hall|
|September 10, 2016||Atlanta||Cobb Performing Arts Center|
|September 14, 2016||Seattle||Benaroya Hall|
|September 17, 2016||Portland||Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall|
|September 21, 2016||Edmonton||Canada||Northern Jubilee Hall|
|September 22, 2016||Calgary||Jack Singer Concert Hall|
|September 23, 2016||Vancouver||Queen Elizabeth Theatre|
|September 25, 2016||Philadelphia||United States||The Mann Center|
|September 29, 2016||Amsterdam||Netherlands||Heineken Music Hall||Giacomo Loprieno|
|September 30, 2016||Milan||Italy||Arcimboldi|
|October 1, 2016||Zürich||Switzerland||Hallenstadion|
|October 2, 2016||Stuttgart||Germany||Porsche Arena|
|October 5, 2016||Vienna||Austria||Stadthalle|
|October 7, 2016||Geneva||Switzerland||Geneva Arena|
|October 8, 2016||Paris||France||Palais des Congrès|
|October 9, 2016||Birmingham||United Kingdom||Symphony Hall|
|October 12, 2016||Antwerp||Belgium||Stadsschouwburg Antwerp|
|October 13, 2016||Manchester||United Kingdom||Bridgewater Hall|
|October 14, 2016||Lisbon||Portugal||Coliseu de Lisboa|
|October 15, 2016||Essen||Germany||Grugahalle||Giacomo Loprieno|
|October 19, 2016||Stockholm||Sweden||Stockholm Globe|
|October 20, 2016||Glasgow||United Kingdom||Clyde Auditorium|
|October 21, 2016||Berlin||Germany||Tempodrom|
|October 22, 2016||Warsaw||Poland||Torwar Hall|
|October 23, 2016||Prague||Czech Republic||Forum Karlin|
|October 28, 2016||Barcelona||Spain||Auditori Forum||Giacomo Loprieno|
|October 29, 2016||Madrid||Palacio Vistalegre|
|October 30, 2016||Bilbao||Palacio Euskalduna|
|November 5, 2016||Washington, D.C.||United States||Warner Theater|
|November 10, 2016||Louisville||Whitney Hall|
|November 11, 2016||Rochester||Kodak Hall|
|November 12, 2016||Chicago||Chicago Auditorium|
|November 13, 2016||Newark||NJPAC|
|November 17, 2016||Charleston||NCPAC|
|November 18, 2016||Houston||Revention Center|
|November 19, 2016||Milwaukee||Riverside Theater|
|November 20, 2016||Fresno||Saroyan Theatre|
|November 21, 2016||Phoenix||Kodak Hall|
|December 4, 2016||Salt Lake City||Abravanel Hall|
|December 10, 2016||San Jose||City National Civic|
|December 16, 2016||St. Petersburg||Mahaffey Theater|
|January 7, 2017||Fort Worth||Bass Performance Hall|
|January 13, 2017||Honolulu||Blaisdell Concert Hall|
|January 21, 2017||Oklahoma City||Civic Center Music Hall|
† Multiple performances held the same day.
On September 4, 2015, the Nintendo World Store in New York City hosted a Zelda Symphony event, which consisted of a live musical performance by a string quartet from The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses, an ocarina demo by David Ramos (a.k.a. DocJazz), photo opportunities of cosplaying fans, and Zelda Symphony merchandise. Executive producer Jason Michael Paul and conductor Amy Andersson were also in attendance.
On October 13, 2015, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert hosted, as its musical guest, a performance from The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses (with conductor Amy Andersson) to promote the current and upcoming tour dates as well as the release of Tri Force Heroes.
The series has been well received by the video game press. Writing for the The Tech, Jessica Pourian said the silent nature of series protagonist Link worked well with the video displayed during the concert, helping to immerse the audience more than with video game concerts where dialogue is included. She noted extraordinary applause for the concert. She said she left the event wanting to go back and play Zelda games.
Tony Ponce of Destructoid found the music "awe-inspiring", "pure magic", and "as rich and as varied as the games themselves", while expressing a desire to hear some of the music cut from the performance.
Wired noted "many truly breathtaking moments" during the concert, saying the concert highlighted key moments in the music of the series. Wired said people need not even know the series well to enjoy the concert. Wired did complain of "dreadful live camerawork" and noted that the crowd was not particularly reserved.
Stephen Totilo of Kotaku was less enthusiastic about the concert, saying he liked it but did not love it, and criticized the triple-encore structure and the emphasis on battle themes, saying he thought the series was more about adventure than combat.
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