Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Presents New Zelda Symphony December 14 at Heinz Hall

Tickets for “The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses 2017” Go on Sale March 21

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The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and MGP Live welcome Pittsburgh back to Hyrule on Thursday, December 14 when “The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses” returns to Heinz Hall, featuring a new piece from the recently released Breath of the Wild, an all-new movement from Skyward Sword, an updated overture and the return of a classic piece that might just make some wishes come true!

Celebrating 30 years of stirring virtual adventure and memorable soundtracks with live orchestral renditions directly approved by franchise producer Eiji Aonuma, “The Symphony of the Goddesses” is now in its fourth season. The two-hour concert comes to life with a 57-piece orchestra, 20-person choir and a reimagined score that draws from recent and requested Zelda games, including A Link Between Worlds, Twilight Princess and the remake of Majora’s Mask, while still paying homage to such classics as Ocarina of Time and A Link to the Past. The concert’s five-movement symphony regales ears with Nintendo composer Koji Kondo’s original music, recalling moments of Link conquering dungeons, running through forests and struggling to decide what color tunic to wear. Throughout the evening, a video collage syncs up with the adventurous tunes to spotlight exciting moments from the venerable franchise.

Tickets for the Heinz Hall date go on sale to the public March 21 at 10 a.m., and range in price from $30.75 to $105.75. Tickets will be available online at pittsburghsymphony.org/Zelda, by phone at 412-392-4900 or in person at the Heinz Hall Box Office, 600 Penn Ave., downtown Pittsburgh.

For additional dates in other cities, please visit mgplive.com.

About the Artists

MGP LIVE is an international entertainment company based in NYC specialized in promoting concerts, cultural events and special events. For over 30 years Massimo Gallotta, founder and president of MGP Live, has been a leading promoter on the Italian and international music scene. Some of our artists include Academy Award and Grammy winning composer Ennio Morricone, Frank Sinatra, Joe Cocker, Patti Labelle, Ray Charles, Roberto Benigni, Pino Daniele and more. In 2006, Massimo Gallotta created MGP Live in NYC to promote Italian culture and music internationally. Soon after, he produced the first-ever U.S. concert of Maestro Ennio Morricone, featuring a 200-piece orchestra, at Radio City Music Hall. Almost ten years and countless concerts later, the MGP Live brand has become synonymous with innovative, cross-genre productions such as the legendary Patti Labelle reunion concert at the Apollo Theatre, Academy Award-winning actor Roberto Benigni’s first U.S. tour with his Divine Comedy show, Angelique Kidjo’s performance at United Nations to support Global Efforts to End Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), acclaimed Italian artist Pino Daniele’s first-ever North America & Europe tour, including a concert at the Apollo Theatre, and The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses, with JMPP/Nintendo, which is currently touring worldwide, among many other productions.

The worldwide pioneer in the creation of interactive entertainment, NINTENDO Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets hardware and software for its Wii U™ and Wii™ home consoles, and Nintendo 3DS™ and Nintendo DS™ families of portable systems. Since 1983, when it launched the Nintendo Entertainment System™, Nintendo has sold more than 4.3 billion video games and more than 680 million hardware units globally, including the current-generation Wii U, Nintendo 3DS, and Nintendo 3DS XL™, as well as the Game Boy™, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi™ and Nintendo DSi XL™, Super NES™, Nintendo 64™, Nintendo GameCube™, and Wii systems. It has also created industry icons that have become well-known household names such as Mario™, Donkey Kong™, Metroid™, Zelda™ and Pokémon™. A wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of America Inc., based in Redmond, Wash., serves as headquarters for Nintendo’s operations in the Western Hemisphere. For more information about Nintendo, please visit the company’s website at nintendo.com.

The PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, known for its artistic excellence for more than 120 years, is credited with a rich history of the world’s finest conductors and musicians, and a strong commitment to the Pittsburgh region and its citizens. Past music directors have included Fritz Reiner (1938-1948), William Steinberg (1952-1976), André Previn (1976-1984), Lorin Maazel (1984-1996) and Mariss Jansons (1995-2004).  This tradition of outstanding international music directors was furthered in fall 2008, when Austrian conductor Manfred Honeck became music director of the Pittsburgh Symphony. The orchestra has been at the forefront of championing new American works, and gave the first performance of Leonard Bernstein’s Symphony No. 1 “Jeremiah” in 1944 and John Adams’ Short Ride in a Fast Machine in 1986. The Pittsburgh Symphony has a long and illustrious history in the areas of recordings and radio concerts. Its “Pittsburgh Live!” series with Reference Recordings has resulted in back-to-back Grammy Award nominations in 2015 and 2016. As early as 1936, the Pittsburgh Symphony broadcast on the airwaves coast-to-coast and in the late 1970s it made the ground breaking PBS series “Previn and the Pittsburgh.” The orchestra has received increased national attention since 1982 through network radio broadcasts on Public Radio International, produced by Classical WQED-FM 89.3, made possible by the musicians of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. With a long and distinguished history of touring both domestically and overseas since 1900 — including international tours to Europe, the Far East and South America—the Pittsburgh Symphony continues to be critically acclaimed as one of the world’s greatest orchestras.

HEINZ HALL FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS is owned and operated by Pittsburgh Symphony, Inc., a non-profit organization, and is the year-round home of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. The cornerstone of Pittsburgh’s Cultural District, Heinz Hall hosts many events that do not feature its world-renowned Orchestra including Broadway shows, popular touring artists, comedians, speakers and much more. For a full calendar of upcoming non-symphony events at the hall, visit heinzhall.org.

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