Is Zelda the link we need to connect young audiences to the orchestra?

Concert halls are on a quest to infuse more life into their series. But it takes power, courage, and wisdom for them to step outside of their realm and open the door to new audiences. With “The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses,” they may finally have the key. 

Featuring a full orchestra performing music from one of the best-selling game series of all time (as well as a several other video games), this touring show launched in 2012 to an audience of more than 1,000 attendees.  

It has since toured across the world (still touring, in fact) and is being credited with introducing the symphony music genre to young audiences with its spectacle of music, choirs, cosplay, and video screens that synchronize gameplay footage to the music. 

Legend has it that the whole video game concert genre is reviving ticket sales for U.S. orchestras, often attracting double the average attendance than classical concerts and bringing additional rupees in the door for action figures, t-shirts, and souvenirs. 

And while some traditional concert goers see the addition of video game concerts to a symphony’s line up as villainous, there’s evidence that it’s helping to build an audience for more classical performances. 

So, more power to them, please.