Thursday, January 18, 2018
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Florida Orchestra announces 'Legend of Zelda' symphony at the Mahaffey

Combining video games with other mediums can be difficult to pull off. Just look at the short lifespan of the Nintendo Cereal System or the reviews for pretty much every video game movie ever made.

Music and games, on the other hand, seem to work. The "chiptune" genre purposely sounds like it was produced on an old Sega Genesis, and it has a large cult following. At the opposite end of the spectrum, classically trained musicians like violinist Lindsey Stirling have become YouTube stars by covering video game themes.

That's the direction the Florida Orchestra is going with The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses. The one-night-only performance comes to St. Petersburg's Mahaffey Theater on Dec. 16 featuring orchestral versions of music from the popular Nintendo franchise timed to high-definition Zelda video on a big screen.

Start sewing your floppy green hats and Link tunics now — the audience is encouraged to come in costume.

Symphony of the Goddesses debuted in 2012, and has since been performed around the world. The tour's third season, coming to The Mahaffey, is titled Master Quest. It's the Florida Orchestra's second video game-themed performance after last season's sold out show, Distant Worlds: The Music of Final Fantasy, which featured a similar, multimedia set up.

The Mahaffey says Symphony of the Goddesses will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Legend of Zelda's release on the Nintendo Entertainment System. The hit adventure franchise, following a hero's quest through Hyrule to rescue Princess Zelda from Ganon, has since spawned more than 40 separate games.

Tickets go on sale to the general public Aug. 8. Tickets are on sale now for Florida Orchestra subscribers.

 
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