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October 6, 2017

University Singers to Perform The Legend of Zelda

Kansas City, MO (Oct. 6, 2017) Avila University’s 20-member University Singers will perform in both Kansas City, Missouri, at the Music Hall and in Des Moines, Iowa, at the Civic Center in celebration of 30 years of The Legend of Zelda game series. The choir will be joined on stage by a 57-piece orchestra for a two-hour concert that brings the stirring adventures of Link and the amazing video game soundtrack to life. The Music Hall performance is Friday, Oct. 6 beginning at 8 pm. The Des Moines performance begins at 7 pm on Oct. 8, 2017.

"It is a delight to include our students in such a prestigious, professional performance. We have had an opportunity to push our limits and achieve great musicality in such a fun environment!" said Amity Bryson, D.M.A., professor and music department chair at Avila.

The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses is a reimagined score that brings together several Zelda games, including Twilight Princess, A Link Between Worlds, and a remake of Majora’s Mask. "I have loved playing Zelda for years! As a double major in vocal performance and computer science, this is a dream come true," said Ricky Farrell, Avila senior and University Singers member.

Music lovers who aren’t familiar with the Zelda series will also find themselves transported into a magical adventure. The concert’s five-movement symphony entertains with Nintendo composer Koji Kondo’s original music. The audience will be running right beside Link, conquering dungeons, navigating across vast expanses, and struggling to decide what color tunic to wear. Throughout the performance, a video collage will sync the adventurous music to spotlight exciting moments from the 30-year old franchise.

"I first became aware of this Symphony when a student presented research in my music history course.  When we were selected to perform this work it was a natural progression of our work in the classroom.,” said Dr. Bryson. “This is what we do at Avila, study, and research in the classroom, but also find ways to take our work to the greater public.  I love it when these teaching events manifest such an incredible experience."

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