November 28th to be exact.
Much like our trip to the Final Fantasy Distant Worlds Symphony in April of 2011, there were people dressed up as their favourite characters but the best I saw had to have been the awesome tribute someone did as a Skull Kid from the best of the Zelda games (which of course is Mask of Majora).
However, unlike our trip to Distant Worlds, this Symphony was vastly different and not in a terribly positive way either.
1. In celebration of the 25th Anniversary of The Legend of Zelda, the good people at Nintendo crafted this entire tour featuring the music of the fantastic Zelda series. It was the same for the 25th Anniversary of Final Fantasy and I couldn't be happier. Both series shaped the type of games I enjoy playing now, and gave me a greater appreciation for music of its kind. I'm sure I spoke at length before about my adoration of one Nobuo Uematsu but he's not the only one to thank. The great Koji Kondo, composer to the Zelda series helped create the tone and indeed, the world of Hyrule and beyond. The fact that the opportunity was afforded to be in attendance to hear musical genius realized by a full orchestra is a highlight enough.
2. I saw Stephen Totilo and Jason Schreier of Kotaku at my show! They sat one row in front of me but more to the left of me but not too far away that I couldn't hail them.
3. The music was played absolutely beautifully. The orchestra sounded better than at Distant Worlds and the acoustics at the Theater at MSG were quite lovely.
4. The scenes accompanying the music from the various games in the Zelda series was well-thought out and put together.
5. Ending the Symphony with music from The Mask of Majora? That's a damned plus right there even if it almost felt like an after thought.
6. Whhhhaaaaa...??!! Conducting the Orchestra with the Wind Waker baton? I see what you did there...
|Well-played (and I see what I did there).|
1. This is not so much the music but the Theater at Madison Square Garden. It's not that nice, which is sad. It sounded great but it was not that comfortable.
2. I did not shout out to Totilo and Jason at Kotaku. I was playing Woobeewoo in that, "I'm shy". It also meant I did not get to tag them in Streetpass. It also made me miss Crecente.
3. The Symphony itself while it sounded fantastic, as H1 rightly observed, it was not as fun. This was not really the fault of the music selection though maybe that could be part of it but it was very much due to the fact that the musicians did their job and that was to read sheet music. It was not played with feeling and there was no investment on their part into what was being performed. At the very least in Distant Worlds the musicians truly had a keen interest in what was going on and the interactions from the crowd. It made the FF concert that much more lively while this one suffered from a lack of personality.
4. Musically, the song selections while not...horrendous, there was a lot overlooked and could easily have been included to make it not as somber as it felt at times. I did not mind the inclusion of many of the Ganondorf battle music but what about the exploration? Some of it was there but not a lot...fantastic dungeon music, forest temples, and even some of the other minor bosses' music was overlooked. Any piece of boss music (save Ganondorf) from Wind Waker would have made the whole thing so much more entertaining.
It was a fun night overall, except for the fact I failed to get a blasted ocarina at the shop which was a complete mob scene. It was one thing to not get an ocarina but it sold out right before I could have ordered and sold to some woman who did not even want to really buy one. ::sigh:: Such is life, I suppose. And maybe it was Karma paying me back for having the "opportunity" to order a Virtue's Last Reward pre-order bonus thing. I don't know. Let's not talk about it.
I think H1 had a decent time and I think it's safe to say these crazy Video Game Symphonies won't be happening again any time soon. Awww, that kinda makes me sad...Ah well. Maybe next 25 years...
Currently listening to: "Magick" by Klaxons