From masses to operas, films to cartoons, classical music has found a way of evolving with the times. So it should come as no surprise to fans of complex compositions that video games are now yielding some of the most beloved tunes of our times. And like a trip to the ol’ fairy pond, Oregon Symphony’s The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses (March 16) will have heart containers overflowing with 25 years of classic Nintendo musical scores, reviving nostalgia for everyone’s favorite Triforce-powered hero, Link.
A one-night-only adventure at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, this performance is all-ages, multimedia fun, covering theme songs from Hyrule’s dungeons to Kakariko Village — all set to a cinematic video presentation, and arranged into a four-part symphony. The concert, conducted by Eimear Noone and performed by the Oregon Symphony and Pacific Youth Choir, spans games from The Legend of Zelda to Twilight Princess, and has been approved by the games’ original composer, Koji Kondo.
Attendees are encouraged to suit up and represent the vast reaches of Hyrule, with the winning costume taking home the show’s 6-foot window banner, autographed by the conductor. With all those Zeldas, Ganons, fairies and gorons, there’s sure to be plenty of spectacle along with the symphonics. But please leave your ocarinas at home — it’s time to let someone else play.