Video Games Bring Audiences to Symphony

The Wall Street Journal recently ran a piece that you might never have expected to see: “How Videogames Are Saving the Symphony Orchestra.”

The post states: “Once considered a gimmick, performances featuring videogame music are now a regular part of pops orchestra programming. “You can no longer just sit there and play Beethoven,” said Andrew Litton, music director of the Colorado Symphony and the New York City Ballet Orchestra.”

“Videogame performances offer a full orchestra—trumpets, harps and other classical instruments—plus choirs and jumbo video screens that synchronize gameplay footage to the music. Costumed attendees—dressed as dragons, wizards, princesses, fairies, knights and sorcerers—often engage in mock battles. Marriage proposals mid-show aren’t unusual; some end with fireworks.”

“In Philadelphia, the 80-year-old Mann Center has held videogame concerts since 2012. Representatives say the shows attract as many as many as 6,500 attendees, roughly double the average attendance at classical concerts.”

Indeed, this week the “The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses” tour came to New York, playing at the Barclays Center as well as the Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Here’s video of the Late Show performance:


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