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Dec 07, 2012

Games people play: The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses

Posted by Valerie Nahmad

By Jodi Farrell, Adrienne Arsht Center

Even if you’re not a die-hard gamer, you can appreciate this: Featuring dynamic and compelling video accompanied by a live symphony orchestra and chorus,  The Legend of Zelda™: Symphony of the Goddesses will bring the world’s most popular video game series to life at 8 p.m. this Sunday, December 9, at the Adrienne Arsht Center’s Knight Concert Hall. With original music spanning 25 years of adventure from the celebrated Zelda franchise, the show is the first-ever video game themed concert to feature a complete four-movement symphony, showcasing the work of Nintendo composer and sound director Koji Kondo.

The Legend of Zelda is among the most famous media franchises of all time with over 62 million copies sold since its introduction in 1986, grossing more than Avatar and Titanic combined. Beyond the 15 Zelda video games, Zelda’s popularity has spawned a book series, comic book, and even a Saturday morning cartoon, not to mention the name of comic Robin Williams’ daughter, who professes her love of the game with her famous dad in the video above  (She’s lucky he didn’t name her Mario.)

The performance is part of the Arsht Center’s Knight Masterworks classical music, dance and pops series, which is supported with a multi-year grant from Knight Foundation. The concert coincides with the Miami Comic Con 2012 convention. Concertgoers are encouraged to dress up as their favorite character. Tickets start at $35 and can be purchased online or by calling the Arsht Center box office at 305-949-6722.

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