‘The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses’ on its Second Quest

After last year’s marriage between a video game soundtrack and a live orchestra, Jason Michael Paul Productions, Inc. is bringing a new season of the Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses back to Calgary.

The event takes place on Oct. 11 at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, which is the result of a partnership that the executive producer, Jason Michael Paul, holds with Nintendo.

Rather than travelling with his own orchestra, Paul’s production embraces local musicians in each city.

“I have a lot of relationships all over the world,” Paul said. “In the case of Edmonton and Calgary, we’re using the same group of musicians that are going to travel between Calgary and Edmonton.”

The stories found throughout The Legend of Zelda franchise follows a single hero, Link, as he travels the kingdom of Hyrule to battle evil and protect the Triforce, a powerful object created by the world’s three goddesses.

Symphony of the Goddesses tells the story of Link’s travels through music synced with visuals and dialogue from the games.Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses is a video game inspired symphony that combines music and visuals to tell the stories of the Zelda franchise.

Photo courtesy of Andrew Craig

Bringing originality to the show

With the new season of the show, known as Second Quest, Paul said fans should expect a fresh new take on the Zelda symphony.

“We are all about maintaining Second Quest as a different show,” Paul said. “We have music from Wind Waker HD, which is just coming out, and we have music from Skyward Sword.

We definitely try to mix it up, so that people continually get interested and come to see the show again.”

Catering to a diverse audience

The show doesn’t only cater exclusively to fans of the video games. Paul describes the event as a Hollywood soundtrack that tells the story found throughout the Zelda games.

“All of the people coming to the concert are coming to hear the music, or they’re coming to see the show,” Paul said. “Not all of them are Zelda fans, but they’re just coming to see the show that they’ve heard about that’s so wonderful.”

Executive producer Jason Michael Paul said that because of the show, the symphony has become its own brand.

Photo courtesy of Andrew CraigUnlike other events that are geared toward the gaming crowd, the Zelda symphony is accessible by a more diverse audience.

“Naturally, last year if I recall correctly, there (were) a lot of people dressed up in costumes, and they tend to hang out together afterwards,” Paul said. “Of course, the people that aren’t dressed up like to see that, and like to take pictures with them.

“I think that all of these people exist for a reason, you know, the energy and enthusiasm from the die-hard Zelda fans really spreads – it’s contagious.”

Jason Michael Paul Productions, Inc. will also be bringing season one of the event to Edmonton on Oct. 12. Tickets for both events are currently on sale.

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