From Zelda to Zimmer, fans flock to live performances of their favorite original score

As Hans Zimmer completes his first Coachella set, we couldn’t help but notice the phenomenon of live performances of score.

This trend, which has been growing for some time, seems to draw fans of everything from The Legend of Zelda to Game of Thrones. We decided to take a deeper look into the tours and live shows that fans seem to love.

The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses is a prime example of this phenomenon. What began as a performance at a Nintendo press event in 2011 became a tour in 2012 that has continued for years. Fans have the chance to catch the show anywhere from the UK to LA in 2017.

Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience, which happened earlier this year, uses the score to bring the show to life in real time for the audience. It provided a look back on the show’s biggest moments while fans awaited a new season.

Video Games Live has taken score from games such as Halo and World of Warcraft and brought them to cities all over the world. The concert series is performed by local orchestras and musicians, allowing fans to acquaint themselves with talent in their own community.

And of course, there’s Zimmer, who recently took his talents to two weekends of Coachella sets and will continue on a world tour through August of this year. The opportunities for composers reach much farther than movies and trailers now, all the way to stages across the world.

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