by Aimee Vitek
Saturday, July 14 – The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses
Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre
401 W. Livingston St.
While this writer has tried to come up with something cynical and snarky to say about “The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses,” those efforts backfired, shedding light on his still carefully shrouded penchant for 8-bit fantasy games. Led by Irish conductor Eímear Noone and performed by the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, the concert actually looks like a great summer program that reaches deeper than cheap nostalgia. Koji Kondo, the gifted composer of The Legend of Zelda and Super Mario Bros. franchises, wrote themes that can be sung by heart by literally hundreds of millions of people around the world. “Symphony of the Goddesses” is more than a medley of Kondo’s melodies, though; arranger Chad Seiter has orchestrated a four-movement symphony using the themes from the Zelda franchise as source material, rounding out the program with shorter works based on the soundtracks from other classic games. Bring candy for the kids and tissues for the middle-aged men remembering a simpler time
or the Temple of Time. – FC Belt