If you’re into video games, chances are you’ve sat on your sofa on countless nights, following Link as he battles monsters and flesh-eating Deku Babas in his quest to save the kingdom of Hyrule. With the new Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom just being released, the Zelda fever has returned stronger than ever.
On Friday September 1, celebrate the new release with a special Candlelight piano tribute featuring iconic themes from the game franchise, including Ocarina of Time, The Wind Waker and Breath of the Wild at The Parkdale Hall.
The Legend of Zelda: A pioneer in music design
The Zelda saga has transcended generations and become a pop culture classic. Since its first release in the 1980s, it continues to captivate hearts and is frequently considered to have some of the best music in the gaming world. The composer of the original games, Japanese legend Koji Kondo used influences of world music, folk, medieval and 20th century classical music to create intricate and lyrical melodies. Inspired by the Kyoto countryside, he composed music that often triggers upcoming events.
The sound design is also intricately connected with the video game’s success, with distinctive sound effects warning the players of what’s to come, or when they obtain an important item. For the first time ever, music was seen as an interactive and heuristic tool, used to solve puzzles and access new zones. A great example of that would be Ocarina of Time, where players need to input musical notes using five buttons to solve problems.
You’ve listened to the mystical sounds of the Nintendo game, but have you ever heard them played by a formidable pianist? On September 1, at 6:30 pm and 8:45 pm the versatile Parkdale Hall will be enveloped by the warm and gentle glow of candlelight, as the fantastical and melancholic melodies of Zelda resound in the spacious venue.
Travel to Hyrule as you close your eyes and listen to the joyous tunes of “Prelude of Majora’s Mask”, reimagined by a talented pianist of the Listeso Music Group. You’ll buck up courage as you listen to the upbeat Wind Waker theme to explore the Overworld and the Great Sea aboard the King of Red Lions. It’ll make for a magical evening you won’t want to miss.
Head to The Parkdale Hall on September 1 and discover the magical world of the Candlelight concert series. It has charmed audiences worldwide with its take on classical music and this fall, it’s lighting up Toronto with a fantastical concert, celebrating the world-famous video game The Legend of Zelda.
So, grab a friend, a date or escape your daily pressures and demands for 65 minutes. Best of all, with two back-to-back performances at 6:30 pm and 8:45 pm, you can choose whichever suits your schedule.