"Despite getting wrapped up in all the hubbub of E3 2013′s second day, several attendees (myself included) still had it in them to mosey over to LA’s Greek Theatre for The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses, which would be performing its new “Second Quest” set that night.
Considering how the symphony was celebrating its 50th show with this performance, and with videogame music maestros like Tommy Tallarico and Shota Nakama in attendance, it was truly a night to remember.
Like the show in Philadelphia last year, there were a number of returning movements, including Ocarina of Time, The Wind Waker, Twilight Princess and A Link to the Past. Conductor Eimear Noone still pulled out that Wind Waker baton amidst a roaring crowd (that’ll never get old), and fans weren’t afraid to cheer and applaud during the performance. With that said, there were more than a handful of new and pleasant surprises, such as all-new Spirit Tracks and Skyward Sword medleys, but I’d easily say that the “Tal Tal Heights” portion of the Link’s Awakening medley alone was worth the price of admission.
Prior to the evening’s performance and incoming swarm of Zelda character cosplayers, I had the pleasure of sitting down with producer Jeron Moore to pick his brain about the process of assembling a concert so special that many Zelda fans would world-warp throughout all the corners of the Earth just to witness it."
- Patrick Kulikowski