The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses Second Quest

It was a fairly cold evening at the Greek Theatre, but the music certainly warmed our hearts. We had center right seats, just behind the photo/video booth, and a special pass to be able to take photos and video footage. Seeing as every other photographer was taller than me and had bulky equipment, I stuck to my seat which gave me a better angle.

All around us there may have been two dozen Links of all ages and a handful of Zeldas in cosplay, one of these particularly inebriated and tripping in every direction. Certainly not very princess-like, but slightly entertaining.

The 50th performance of Symphony of the Goddesses celebrates a timeless franchise and its amazing tunes. This special performance was created to coincide with E3 in order to present attendees and Zelda fans with old favorites and new surprises. Conductor Eimear Noone explained that Second Quest is all about going to familiar places and finding new challenges. However, no introduction was made at the beginning, and the orchestra jumped right into the Overture, which featured Link's Awakening and Spirit Tracks.

Having a little program would have been nice, specifying the pieces played, especially for those who are not aware of the games. Our guidance came from the footage of the respective games on the giant screen above the stage, where the orchestra and choir delivered their fantastic performance.

The First Movement featured Ocarina of Time. Concert etiquette needed not apply, as the crowd cheered and some particularly loud fanboys way in the back made their approval shouts audible to all. For the Second Movement, Wind Waker, Eimear Noone opened up a treasure box containing her own Wind Waker baton, which she used to conduct this piece. We were then treated to another piece from Ocarina of Time, the all-time favorite Gerudo Valley theme.

During the intermission, people flocked to the merchandise stores and food stands, strategically overpriced. It wasn't unusual to see people checking their Nintendo DS systems, as this was definitely a hot spot for Street Pass.

The Third Movement delivered what was described as a western vibe in a fantasy realm with arrangements from Twilight Princess. Saving the best for last, the Fourth and last Movement almost brought down the theatre as the crowd roared to the first notes of A Link to the Past.

A show is not complete without an encore, and we were fortunate enough to listen to three more pieces from Majora's Mask,Wind Waker HD (Dragon Roost Island) and Skyward Sword (Ballad of the Goddess, which is actually Zelda's Lullaby played backwards).

All of the video sequences were representative of the music, and the transitions from music piece to music piece as the video scenes changed were fantastic. I also must warn you that there will be spoilers if you haven't beaten the games.

This four-movement symphony highlighted beautifully orchestrated interpretations of the timeless The Legend of Zelda, with arrangements by musical director Chad Seiter, approved by franchise composer Koji Kondo, and wonderfully performed under the direction of Eimear Noone and her Wind Waker baton.

Before attempting this article, I wondered how would I be capable of putting music into text. It seemed like an impossible task to even begin writing, but with some help from the Goddesses, I've made it. These were two memorable hours that I will always treasure in my memory.

Capturing the hearts of video game enthusiasts and music lovers alike, The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses Second Quest is certainly a show not to miss.

Check out more clips of the concert by browsing the playlist below: