The Appetizer to the Main Concert
This past Friday, the Nintendo World Store hosted a mini-concert for The Legend of Zelda – Symphony of the Goddess. On an impulse, I decided to race over after work to NYC in hopes of getting a ticket to the event. To my absolute delight I was given a ticket and a wristband – thus guaranteeing my spot at the event. Though there were some hiccups in its organization, the overall event was a legendary experience – with videos to prove it!
Upon entering the event, there were two sections on the first floor – an ocarina workshop and a merchandise section. The ocarina workshop offered some information about different types of ocarinas, their history, and even a few surprise renditions of various medleys. It was pretty interesting to see all the types of ocarinas, but as the store started to get more crowded I decided to go upstairs.
As I approached the upstairs location I noticed that it was already fairly crowded – mind you the ensemble wasn’t going to perform for another 45 minutes. With that in mind, I decided to plant my stake in a spot and was ultimately rewarded with a middle location and fantastic view. This part of the festivities wasn’t so great – scores of Nintendo and Zelda fans crammed, most of us standing, waiting for the main event to start.
Luckily the wait was worth it. After Jason Michael Paul, the Executive Producer of The Legend of Zelda – Symphony of the Goddess said a few words, most fairly generic, he did say something rather surprising. He began to mention that The Legend of Zelda TriForce Heroes is debuting in October, the same month that the Symphony is performing at Barclay Center. With that he explicitly, or implicitly stated (depending on your point of view) that there will “be special things at the concert for this”. Could this mean an assortment of songs from the game at the concert? Could it mean raffles or prizes of the game? Needless to say, it did pique my interest, and since I’ve already bought my tickets for the event, I’ll be sure to find out.
Before the performance even started, the General Manager did something especially amazing. I noticed he was holding a few Nintendo items, and after a moment, he crouched down and started speaking to a child. After a few seconds he gave the kid a copy of The Legend of Zelda Majora’s Mask 3D and he was visibly excited. The manager smiled and walked away. He did this a few times to other kids in the event – some received t-shirts or other Nintendo gear. This was no big PR stunt, no major announcement, no ulterior motive – just a kind hearted few moments to make a kid’s night.
Now the big event! The small ensemble took their seats and the conductor, Amy Anderson took her position. The two violins, viola, cello, bass, flute/piccolo, and harp all joined together, with the conductor, performed six pieces with a variety of themes (though a large sum of it was from The Legend of Zelda Spirit Tracks). I couldn’t help but grin in excitement when everything was being played. The symphony was extraordinary and considering this was just a piece of the full symphony makes me even more fired up.
Following the 30-minute performance, there was a small Q&A with the group, then a meet-and-greet. I was actually shocked by the amount of people that left before the meet-and-greet, but I wasn’t complaining too much – simply meant a shorter line for me to wait on. During the wait, I did indulge myself in purchasing a desk calendar and program to commemorate the occasion. Once it was my turn at the table, I couldn’t help me beam over the performance and beam my excitement for the larger symphony in October. All of them seemed humbled by my words and graciously signed my ticket.
If you’d like to see more of the pieces from the event, click here for the full list.
Overall, I am very much satisfied with my last minute decision to attend the event. The crowd of Nintendo fans offered an electrifying energy throughout the experience. Though the mechanics of crowd control could have been a bit better, I still would attend another event at the Nintendo World Store, without question. More so, I’m even more excited than ever for October’s full orchestra symphony!
Hope to see you there!