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Zelda Symphony – March 20 (Toronto)
Cosplay as a Symphony-Goer

By Seán O'Sullivan - March 8th, 2015

Images courtesy of Nintendo.

If you have had a chance to sample The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask, or its terrific 3DS remake from last month, then you’re surely aware that it features an overabundance of excellent original music. Fortunately for Toronto’s Zelda fans and music aficionados alike, the Zelda Symphony is returning to the Sony Centre on March 20, 2015, and it will include a special portion devoted to Majora’s Mask.

The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses tour has been around in some form for at least three years now, and the same production company has been putting on Final Fantasy shows since 2004 – so it’s no surprise that I have heard enthusiastic reviews from those who have attended. I got a chance to attend another Jason Michael Paul videogame symphony in September; Symphony of Heroes, which was not only the most “culture” my wife got on a date night with me, but it actually inspired her to play the Portal games after hearing the music and seeing the video accompaniment.

Don’t mess with this conductor’s wand.

The setlist has been revised since the last Toronto show, with a special portion devoted to Majora’s Mask, replete with new visual elements from the 3DS remake and music curated by Nintendo’s creative team. In an email exchange with Jason Michael Paul, he noted that everything gets the Nintendo seal of quality, as he works “directly with Nintendo series composer Koji Kondo and Eiji Aonuma. Everything is done under the direct supervision of the original creators.”

“Nintendo has been involved from the beginning and has been very gracious with their time, as well as lending their full support for what’s included in the show. An advantage to focusing on one intellectual property versus many allows us to deliver the ultimate Zelda experience – encompassing the favorite moments across the franchise for all.”

As for the types of crowds that are attracted, I was curious to hear which cities tend to draw the most cosplayers. “Every city is different every year as far as which cities present engagement like cosplaying. The big cities always deliver and it helps when certain events coincide with the tour dates like E3 in Los Angeles, or Comic Con in San Diego.”

All kinds of folks show up in awesome costumes.

For more from Jason Michael Paul, see this interview from 2012.

I’ll be putting up my impressions shortly after the show, but I’m quite eager to check it out. During the Symphony of Heroes show, it was quite moving to listen to modern classics getting the symphonic treatment; focusing on the music in a concert hall setting is a great deal more moving than my typical habit of letting the score blend into the tapestry of sound emanating from my home entertainment system.

Tickets are still available, and I’m confident that this will be an excellent night for gamers or music lovers of any stripe.

Check out this video from Nintendo: An Interview with Eiji Aonuma and Koji Kondo at The Legend of Zelda Symphony.

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