Game music such as "The Legend of Zelda" will save orchestra of audience reduction
Ticket sales of classical concerts played by the orchestra tended to decrease by 2.8% per year over the past 10 years in the US. Meanwhile, game music like "The Legend of Zelda" is beginning to be played in full-scale orchestral concerts, popular enough to mobilize more than twice the number of regular classical concerts I am calling.
How Videogames Are Saving the Symphony Orchestra - WSJ
At the concert of the orchestra at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia, USA in September 2015, the performer Francesca Buchalski was dressed as a character of the Nintendo game series "The Legend of Zelda" link It appeared.
In the game music concert, the theme songs of the game are played in a full orchestra including a wind instruments such as a trumpet · harp and a chorus, and in the back of the performance corps the game play video is displayed in synchronization with the music on the big screen Thing. Not only the performers but also the audience are dressed in the costume of the dragon, the queen and the wizard, and the orchestra program which is unprecedented that the performance is closed with fireworks is done. Andrew Litton, a music director at several symphonic orchestras in the United States, says, "It will be difficult to continue sitting in the orchestra's seat by simply playing Beethoven."
Game music orchestra concerts are held from 2012 on Mann Center for the Performing Arts, which means that they attract nearly twice as many people as classical concerts mobilizing 6,500 people on average. The increasing popularity of game music orchestra prevents the decline in orchestra's ticket sales in the United States, and Vice President of Nashville Symphony Orchestra Larry Tucker said "When the Nashville Symphony Orchestra was economically struggling in 2010, If there was no game music it would have been debt. "
Mr. Tucker also said that "the season without game music can not be considered," and in a performance with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, sales sales of action figures, posters, T-shirts and other items besides tickets were $ 13,000 It is said that it will exceed (about 1.55 million yen). In ordinary performances, sales of 2000 to 3000 dollars (about 240 thousand ~ 360 thousand yen) are high sales even if they are sold. In the "Pokemon" concert, a unique concert such as Pikachu is set next to the performer, and the audience sings to the performances, and so on, a unique concert is held.
Concerts of game music by orchestra began in Japan in the 1980s and began to be held in several places in Europe at the beginning of 2000. The Colorado Symphony Orchestra performs concerts such as "Banner Saga" and "The Legend of Zelda" under the name of "Geek Series", and the performance of "The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddess" actually performed is the following movie You can see from.
Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses: Second Quest - Toronto 2013 * FULL CONCERT * - YouTube
From classical classical music fans, it is said that traditional orchestras perform completely different game music "To lower the value of the brand, open expensive wine of wine to sell inexpensive sangria There is also an opinion that it is like being like "There are young people that" I was interested in classical music for the first time "by experiencing a concert of game music also. Because it is also true that game music is calling new attractors, it may be that the turning point has come to the orchestra.