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Zelda Symphony of the Goddesses/My day in Minneapolis

Posted by MoCiWe, 26 September 2012 · 505 views

Hello Cag! I never actually wrote a blog before but just felt like talking about some of the stuff I did over this weekend (well....Saturday really). Just a heads up that I wrote A LOT more then I planned on doing so this is kind of lengthy... The day basically started with me and my friend driving out of state to Minneapolis, Minnesota so that we could see the Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses concert that was at the Orpheum Theatre, however the show was at 8 and we got in the city at around 3 so we had a few hours to kill. I gotta say just wandering around that city was pretty crazy as it's way bigger and packed then I'm used to, everything is connected and there's just so many stores and such that you don't really know what to do.

So we didn't really have anywhere in particular to go other then the theatre and we had a reservation for food at 4:45, so for a little under 2 hours we just walked around seeing if we could find anything exciting. We walked past the Orpheum Theatre right away as we parked in one of the public parking places for the theatre and I had to take a picture of the sign since I thought it was really cool (I'll post the pictures at the end, there aren't many though). Well after a while we decided to look for a restroom as we spent the last 4ish hours in a car, so we stopped at a CVS and of course they don't have one. So we walk around for probably at least 20 minutes until we find a Starbucks that only let you use the restroom if you buy something (I hate when places do this!) so at this point I decided to wait until I got to the place where we were eating (Thom Pham's Wondrous Azian Kitchen). So after a little more exploring we didn't really come across anything that exciting so we went to the the restaurant a little early.

When we first got in and got our seats set up with our reservation we were noticing how fancy the place was and how under dressed we seemed (I was wearing a Zelda t-shirt with some sports shorts) but that doesn't really bother me as I'm not one who really dresses up for stuff. Well at first they serve little goblets of water that they never let get under half full and I'm pretty sure they didn't even have other drinks other then alcohol. Well I ordered some Spring Rolls and a Wagyu Burger, while my friend got the same burger but some teriyaki Ping Pang Pong Wings (the names of some of the food items were just awesome). We got the wings and spring rolls at first and I have to say that they were just delicious, I tried one of the wings and they just tasted amazing while the spring rolls came with some peanut sauce that just really made them stand out. Then when the burgers came out these things were huge and looked to be cooked perfectly! After the first bite this was basically one of the best burgers that I ever had, everything on it was cooked just right and it was delicious! I also had some shrimp with my fries which were also great, so essentially everything was really good except the ketchup (it was way to sweet for me). Overall, I highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who lives/visits the area and hasn’t tried it before, the meal cost me around $32 which is more then I like to spend but it was worth it.

Well after we ate it was more walking around the city for us! We checked the theatre and noticed there were less then 10 people waiting inside so we decided to walk around for a bit more. This time we entered a Target, went up the elevators and just started crossing the skyways into other stores and the Nicollet Mall, all of the stores in the mall were closed by the time we were walking around so it was kind of weird with how empty it was but it was still a near experience, it's weird being in a mall and only seeing a few other people. Eventually we came to an end where all the doors were locked so we just had to walk back the way we came through the Target to get out. Then we decided to head back to the theatre, this time it was packed and there were crowds of people already outside!

Once we got in we decided to go straight to the merchandise booth and we both bought a t-shirt/poster bundle for 35$ Then we got in line and eventually came to our seats, which were on the left section in the 8th row from the stage, so they were really good seats. Once I sat down I started using my 3DS and getting Streetpasses, I was getting a bunch of them and to me it was crazy as I've only ever gotten around like 30 total before this. After a while on the 3DS the show was about to begin, after the introductions they started with some medleys (I may get some of the songs out of order, I don't perfectly remember the order), they first just did an overall theme medley followed by a classic zelda dungeon medley both of which were amazing (I'm usually a big fan of medleys). Then they went into the Kakariko Village song with video from each of the games that had the village playing in the back. After that the big movements were starting, with the first being Ocarina of Time, there seemed to be a big jump in the game for the song they did but they still picked great songs and it was amazing overall, it seemed like they went from Saria's Song to the Ganondorf battle though, which seemed a little strange. Then they did the Wind Waker movement, which was equally as amazing and to me it seemed like the covered more of the important parts here. Then came intermission.

During intermission I got up and stretched/walked around a bit before coming back to my seat and starting up the 3DS spotpasses again, at this point I got the notification for getting over 100 people in one day and got a couple of the puzzles complete finally! Then when the music started up again they did the Goddess Theme before going on to the last 2 movements. The third was from Twilight Princess and it also covered a good chunk of the game and I really enjoy the tone of the music from this game so yet again it was amazing. The last movement was A Link to the Past, it was really cool hearing the music from one of the older titles play live over all of the instruments, but the video for this one also seemed all over the place, which may be due to the dungeons and graphics not being able to showcase the enemies and such as well as the 3D games. After that was done they did three encores (and the crowd stood and clapped in between each one lol), the first the Ballad of the Wind Fish from Link's Awakening, then Gerudo Valley from Ocarina of Time, lastly followed by a medley of Majora's Mask music, while all three were great I felt the end to be a little bland as Majora's Mask's music isn't as great as the other games to me, but the experience overall was amazing.

Lastly, the creator of the whole symphony announced that him and the conductor would be out in the lobby after the show. So while me and my friend were waiting I yet again checked my 3DS and had around 20-30 more streetpasses still. After a while they came out and sat at a table and then a line formed so you could get their autographs. We eventually got to the front of the line and I got my poster signed by Jeron Moore (the creator) and Elimear Noone (the conductor) which was actually really cool and I'm definitely going to hang the poster as soon as I get a frame. When we got in the car we decided to drive back to Wisconsin on the spot so yet again we had to endure another (late night this time) multiple hour car drive, which we weren't sure if we wanted to do but were too cheap for a hotel! So all in all the experience was amazing and is definitely something I would do again.

The only downside is that my phone which was my camera literally died like 15 seconds after I took a picture of the screen/stage so I didn't get any pictures of the people that were dressed up like Link or Zelda, and there were some really good ones! Sorry about going on for so long but I do tend to ramble sometimes, either way, here are a few of the pictures that I did get.

Even though it was a Zelda concert, had to get this parking space! Apparently it was the 343rd pic I took on my phone!

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Here's the sign for the concert.
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Thom Pham's sign
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Thom Pham's burger! (after I took a bite lol)
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Nicollet Mall fountain
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The screen/stage (kind of....bad picture, but at least I got one I guess)
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The t-shirt
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Poster
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autograph 1
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autograph 2
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Again, sorry for how much I wrote and not sure if I used a good format or not as I haven't written a blog before so i put each picture under its own spoiler.




Hello Cag! I never actually wrote a blog before but just felt like talking about some of the stuff I did over this weekend (well....Saturday really). Just a heads up that I wrote A LOT more then I planned on doing so this is kind of lengthy... The day basically started with me and my friend driving out of state to Minneapolis, Minnesota so that we could see the Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses concert that was at the Orpheum Theatre, however the show was at 8 and we got in the city at around 3 so we had a few hours to kill. I gotta say just wandering around that city was pretty crazy as it's way bigger and packed then I'm used to, everything is connected and there's just so many stores and such that you don't really know what to do.

So we didn't really have anywhere in particular to go other then the theatre and we had a reservation for food at 4:45, so for a little under 2 hours we just walked around seeing if we could find anything exciting. We walked past the Orpheum Theatre right away as we parked in one of the public parking places for the theatre and I had to take a picture of the sign since I thought it was really cool (I'll post the pictures at the end, there aren't many though). Well after a while we decided to look for a restroom as we spent the last 4ish hours in a car, so we stopped at a CVS and of course they don't have one. So we walk around for probably at least 20 minutes until we find a Starbucks that only let you use the restroom if you buy something (I hate when places do this!) so at this point I decided to wait until I got to the place where we were eating (Thom Pham's Wondrous Azian Kitchen). So after a little more exploring we didn't really come across anything that exciting so we went to the the restaurant a little early.

When we first got in and got our seats set up with our reservation we were noticing how fancy the place was and how under dressed we seemed (I was wearing a Zelda t-shirt with some sports shorts) but that doesn't really bother me as I'm not one who really dresses up for stuff. Well at first they serve little goblets of water that they never let get under half full and I'm pretty sure they didn't even have other drinks other then alcohol. Well I ordered some Spring Rolls and a Wagyu Burger, while my friend got the same burger but some teriyaki Ping Pang Pong Wings (the names of some of the food items were just awesome). We got the wings and spring rolls at first and I have to say that they were just delicious, I tried one of the wings and they just tasted amazing while the spring rolls came with some peanut sauce that just really made them stand out. Then when the burgers came out these things were huge and looked to be cooked perfectly! After the first bite this was basically one of the best burgers that I ever had, everything on it was cooked just right and it was delicious! I also had some shrimp with my fries which were also great, so essentially everything was really good except the ketchup (it was way to sweet for me). Overall, I highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who lives/visits the area and hasn’t tried it before, the meal cost me around $32 which is more then I like to spend but it was worth it.

Well after we ate it was more walking around the city for us! We checked the theatre and noticed there were less then 10 people waiting inside so we decided to walk around for a bit more. This time we entered a Target, went up the elevators and just started crossing the skyways into other stores and the Nicollet Mall, all of the stores in the mall were closed by the time we were walking around so it was kind of weird with how empty it was but it was still a near experience, it's weird being in a mall and only seeing a few other people. Eventually we came to an end where all the doors were locked so we just had to walk back the way we came through the Target to get out. Then we decided to head back to the theatre, this time it was packed and there were crowds of people already outside!

Once we got in we decided to go straight to the merchandise booth and we both bought a t-shirt/poster bundle for 35$ Then we got in line and eventually came to our seats, which were on the left section in the 8th row from the stage, so they were really good seats. Once I sat down I started using my 3DS and getting Streetpasses, I was getting a bunch of them and to me it was crazy as I've only ever gotten around like 30 total before this. After a while on the 3DS the show was about to begin, after the introductions they started with some medleys (I may get some of the songs out of order, I don't perfectly remember the order), they first just did an overall theme medley followed by a classic zelda dungeon medley both of which were amazing (I'm usually a big fan of medleys). Then they went into the Kakariko Village song with video from each of the games that had the village playing in the back. After that the big movements were starting, with the first being Ocarina of Time, there seemed to be a big jump in the game for the song they did but they still picked great songs and it was amazing overall, it seemed like they went from Saria's Song to the Ganondorf battle though, which seemed a little strange. Then they did the Wind Waker movement, which was equally as amazing and to me it seemed like the covered more of the important parts here. Then came intermission.

During intermission I got up and stretched/walked around a bit before coming back to my seat and starting up the 3DS spotpasses again, at this point I got the notification for getting over 100 people in one day and got a couple of the puzzles complete finally! Then when the music started up again they did the Goddess Theme before going on to the last 2 movements. The third was from Twilight Princess and it also covered a good chunk of the game and I really enjoy the tone of the music from this game so yet again it was amazing. The last movement was A Link to the Past, it was really cool hearing the music from one of the older titles play live over all of the instruments, but the video for this one also seemed all over the place, which may be due to the dungeons and graphics not being able to showcase the enemies and such as well as the 3D games. After that was done they did three encores (and the crowd stood and clapped in between each one lol), the first the Ballad of the Wind Fish from Link's Awakening, then Gerudo Valley from Ocarina of Time, lastly followed by a medley of Majora's Mask music, while all three were great I felt the end to be a little bland as Majora's Mask's music isn't as great as the other games to me, but the experience overall was amazing.

Lastly, the creator of the whole symphony announced that him and the conductor would be out in the lobby after the show. So while me and my friend were waiting I yet again checked my 3DS and had around 20-30 more streetpasses still. After a while they came out and sat at a table and then a line formed so you could get their autographs. We eventually got to the front of the line and I got my poster signed by Jeron Moore (the creator) and Elimear Noone (the conductor) which was actually really cool and I'm definitely going to hang the poster as soon as I get a frame. When we got in the car we decided to drive back to Wisconsin on the spot so yet again we had to endure another (late night this time) multiple hour car drive, which we weren't sure if we wanted to do but were too cheap for a hotel! So all in all the experience was amazing and is definitely something I would do again.

The only downside is that my phone which was my camera literally died like 15 seconds after I took a picture of the screen/stage so I didn't get any pictures of the people that were dressed up like Link or Zelda, and there were some really good ones! Sorry about going on for so long but I do tend to ramble sometimes, either way, here are a few of the pictures that I did get.

Even though it was a Zelda concert, had to get this parking space! Apparently it was the 343rd pic I took on my phone!

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Here's the sign for the concert.
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Thom Pham's sign
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Thom Pham's burger! (after I took a bite lol)
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Nicollet Mall fountain
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The screen/stage (kind of....bad picture, but at least I got one I guess)
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The t-shirt
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Poster
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autograph 1
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autograph 2
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Again, sorry for how much I wrote and not sure if I used a good format or not as I haven't written a blog before so i put each picture under its own spoiler.
Sounds like it was quite fun. I wanted to go a couple months ago when they had one here in Central Florida, but life prevented me from doing so.
Hey, thanks for the comment! Yeah, I definitely enjoyed the overall experience, sucks to hear that you weren't able to make it to the show in Florida, hopefully they'll come back next year as it seemed packed which looks good in the sense that they'll keep it going for longer then just a year.
It's coming up next month in Chicago...was there a reason you decided not to go to that one? I'm sure your drive time would've been significantly less.
I went to showing of SotG in Dallas earlier in the year, and it was quite awesome. I, myself, prefer Video Games Live, but this wasn't bad. It's coming back to Dallas for an outside showing pretty soon, but unfortunately, I cannot make that one.
@Rig, no particular reason. I guess it was just because it was earlier and me and my friend actually really wanted to eat at Thom Pham's (we liked the food so much that we kind of jokingly agreed that we would try to get down there yearly, kind of like what they did in HIMYM) so in a way we went there equally for both reasons. But yeah the drive time would definitely have been shorter, but some people even came from California apparently so at least it wasn't that bad for us.

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I haven't seen Video Games Live but that is something that I do want to see, I just recently noticed that you can watch one of them on Amazon Instant with Prime so I'll do that but I know it's not the same. I do agree that this one was awesome though, and even though you can't back the second show at least you were able to see it once!
don't know where you're from, but, if you're near the cities give KFAN's Video Games Weekly (FM 100.3) podcast a listen http://www.kfan.com/...elected_podcast
They're always giving away stuff... and they're a good podcast for games.
Huh, I'm from Wisconsin so I probably can't do the giveaway stuff but I can give the podcast a listen sometimes to see how it is, thanks for the recommendation!