Symphony Orchestras Get a Boost From The Legend of Zelda

The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses — a concert event culled from nearly three decades of music and images from Nintendo’s Zelda video game series — is making its way across the U.S. (we’ve listed a few tour stops on Goldstar).

The 74-piece orchestra is loved by many, drawing huge crowds. But, as Jess Joho reports for Kill Screen, some orchestras and classical concertgoers are not so happy with this “medium that is almost single-handedly bringing [orchestras] back from the brink of cultural and financial extinction.”

She continues: “While many programmers and conductors appear to roll their eyes at such a debasement of their art, they still gladly take the money that’s off-setting the orchestra’s annual 2.8% decline in sales.”

But people who are resistant to bold, new collaborations are missing the point. As Joho writes: “Videogame scores must strike a universal chord that perhaps the more elite minded classical fandom might do well to try and decipher. After all, there was a point when Beethoven was the most popular pop music of his time. And everyone who said that it’d die down once the fad passed would sure feel silly right about now. ”

Jim has also highlighted how live entertainment organizations should embrace change.

“In normal times, change is gradual. … This is not one of those times in history. This is one of those other times when change is like a runaway Pontiac driving through a farmers’ market. It’s fast, it’s destructive, it’s dangerous, and you’d better adjust to it right now. …

But it’s amazing what the human mind can do. Some people would rather close down shop than kick out the jams and do what actually needs to be done to thrive.

They’d literally rather die than change.

Well, there’s no time left to mess around. Day by day, our society is more Gen Y and less boomer; technology disrupts and tears down barriers in new ways …

So the choice is simple: fast and bold change, or not so slow decline. Possibly even collapse.”

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