Boston has a history with classical music that still lives on today and in fact, the atmosphere is ripe for this genre. The Boston Pops Orchestra performs every Fourth of July at the Hatch Shell on the Esplanade. The city is home to prestigious music schools and patrons flock to the local venues that support this timeless music. In other areas of the country, ticket sales to classical concerts are not as prosperous. The trend that is saving the genre on a worldwide level is to go for classical crossover, playing pop culture music in classical fashion.
Boston recently had two concerts that fall under that category and have one more later this week. Inspiration can come from video game music, a celebrated television series, current pop music or anything else. When you make a cover song and transpose it into classical form, it adds layers of instrumentation and emotion to the original.
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Three days after 2CELLOS rocked Boston, The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses- Master Quest concert series came to Boston Symphony Hall on February 23, 2016. Nestled between Berklee College of Music and the New England Conservatory, the BSO venue is world renowned for its acoustics. This music hall has other unique features. Only the name of the famous maestro, Beethoven, is inscribed above the stage. He is a universal favorite among music lovers. Furthermore, sixteen statues stand in the crevices in the upper part of the walls. We wouldn’t recommend trying to move them to solve a puzzle like the Legend of Zelda games would have you do.
We’ve seen the Zelda Symphony Orchestra perform at Wang Theatre and PPAC in Providence in previous legs of the world tour. We can say with certainty that the sound quality felt more powerful than any other venue in the Greater Boston area. If you go to the BSO website, it explains why the acoustics are so spectacular. It is also our opinion that the choir chosen for that night was phenomenal and genuinely enjoyed their role in this show. The audio and video feed was also improved from previous viewings. It did not suffer from technical issues like white balance, color cast, nor pixelation. This may be due in part to using graphics from the HD release of the games. As for the music, you could hear individual instruments including cellos, trombones, tubas, violins, violas, harp, french horns, flutes, clarinets, oboes, etc. They played beautifully with the guidance of conductor Amy Andersson.
The Executive Producer for Zelda Symphony, Jason Michael Paul, came out and talked about how this was a special performance because it’s just days after the 30th anniversary of the games and happened to be his birthday. He advised the show would feature new music from Tri Force Heroes and new video assets from Twilight Princess HD.
The crowd rumbled their feet to encourage an encore and the result was multiple returns to the music. You don’t need to learn the “Song of Time” and time travel to get another chance to hear the Zelda Symphony perform live. You merely need to journey to one of the locations further along the tour. You can check out the rest of the dates and venues here.
Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage
What does Boston still have to look foward to? Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage 50th Anniversary Concert Tour. Their website describes the concert as such: “This lavish production includes an impressive live symphony orchestra and international special solo instruments. Experience the franchise’s groundbreaking and wildly popular musical achievements while the most iconic Star Trek film and TV footage is simultaneously beamed in high definition to a 40-foot wide screen.” The tour will reach 100 cities by the end and Boston’s chance is coming soon on Friday, March 4, 2016 at the Wang Theatre. Tickets are available on Ticketmaster.
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