Posted by: facetothewind | April 23, 2012

Feet to the fire on Zelda weekend

This weekend I had the opportunity to sing with the Tucson Symphony which was hired to perform in Phoenix for the Symphony of the Goddesses at the Orpheum Theater. The suite of music is a symphonic adaptation of the soundtrack used in the Nintendo Zelda games which have been wildly popular for 25 years.

Above is my little video of the weekend.

The audiences came dressed in their favorite game characters and were wildly enthusiastic. It was so much fun to sing to such enthusiastic crowds who even waited at the stage door to get their posters signed by the composer and conductor.

The 1364 seat Orpheum Theater was built in 1929 in the Spanish baroque style and was recently renovated. They included a whimsical blue ceiling on which they project moving clouds.

The music itself was wonderfully fun…like singing the evil chorus in an adventure movie soundtrack. It was 66 pages of ooh ahh and some gibberish shouting. We didn’t really have much of a rehearsal. Half of the score was sung completely unrehearsed. It wasn’t really a very hard piece to sing but still made me a bit nervous to stage something not having heard it before. Fortunately I sang between two very strong bass singers, one an opera singer who hurt my right ear when he belted out his parts!

One of the best parts, though, was the band bus…riding to and from with the orchestra and chorus in two really nice buses. After the performances, the musicians magically produced many bottles of booze, wine and beer and so it became a rolling cocktail party…

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