Vocal Accord to Perform at The Theater at Madison Square Garden

Photo: Mike Peters

Members of Montclair State University's Vocal Accord

Montclair State University’s Vocal Accord, the John J. Cali School of Music chamber choir, will be performing The Legend of Zelda™: Symphony of the Goddesses Second Quest at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on Friday, November 1, 2013 at 8:00 p.m.

Based on the popular Nintendo video game series, The Legend of Zelda, Second Quest is the first video game-themed concert to feature a complete four-movement symphony showcasing the work of Nintendo composer and sound director, Koji Kondo. The multi-media event will feature a live symphony orchestra and choir, stunning new visuals and music recounting the classic storylines from The Legend of Zelda™ games, Ocarina of Time, The Wind Waker, A Link to the Past and Twilight Princess.

Formed in 2010 by Director of Choral Activities Heather J. Buchanan, Vocal Accord is an extracurricular, project-based chamber choir comprising students from the Montclair State University Singers. On occasion, choral alumni also sing in the choir, as is the case with Zelda. The size and composition of the choir varies according to the current project.

In June 2012 Vocal Accord toured Europe, performing in Austria and Italy. The University-produced documentary American Voices featured this tour experience and aired on NJTV. In August 2013 the first Zelda performance (the first quest) was performed at NJPAC with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra.

Buchanan describes the Zelda project as “a ground-breaking multimedia event that gives our students a valuable opportunity to perform in a dynamic and fast-paced professional environment, while also bringing a live music experience to many people who would not ordinarily find themselves in a symphonic concert.”

“It’s an exciting concert,” she says. “It’s also a tremendous opportunity for our singers to gain recognition for their excellent work in New York.”

This season Vocal Accord will give performances on campus and at venues throughout the tri-state area, including Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall.

Tickets to the November 1 concert are available from The Theater at Madison Square Garden. A 15 percent discount is available to members and friends of the University community. Use the ticket code “Bokoblin” to receive the discount for box office, online and phone orders.