Sunday, February 26, 2017

Concert Review: The Music Of "Game Of Thrones" Comes Alive At Mohegan Sun

The HBO drama "Games of Thrones" has becomes one of the most popular cable shows of all time. The show is based on the best selling book series "A Song Of Fire And Ice," written by George R.R. Martin and has just completed filming it's seventh season which will air this summer. The music featured in each episode is just as iconic as the characters who give the story heart, soul and emotion. Now, for the first time, composer Ramin Djawadi is taking the music of "Game Of Thrones" on the road in a live concert experience. The show features state-of-the-art technology mixed with live orchestral music that brings out the best of what "Game of Thrones" brings to its millions of fans.

The stage laid across the length of the arena floor from end to end as one side featured the orchestra and the other side would feature soloist stage. Two huge screens would play clips from the show all evening as Ramin Djawadi would lead a local east coast orchestra performing the themes of each scene.

After the roaring applause following the opening "Game of Thrones Main Theme," a quiet violin solo would turn part of the stage into a tree with falling leaves. Fans would cheer as their favorite characters that would appear on screen and "booed" the evil enemies. The music was so perfect and sounded great as the stage came alive with smoke, lights and even fire for the "Mother of Dragons." Vocalist Stephanie Alexander closed out the first half of the show, leading a wonderful chorus during the theme song for Khaleesi.

The second half of the show dealt with the most recent sixth season of "Game Of Thrones" as an aggressive feel of the theme of the High Sparrow and the intense strings of the Whitewalkers keep the energy flowing. The drum heavy "Battle of the Bastards" and the sweeping "Flight of the Dragons" would receive huge praise from fans as both featured epic scenes from the show. Djawandi would be featured playing the lead instrument, like the dulcimer during the song "Needle" and the piano/pipe organ during the climactic explosion of the trial in the "Winds Of Winter" episode.

The night's grand finale featured the "Game of Thrones Theme" once again with a larger sound, filled with a chorus of angelic voices. After a standing ovation, the musicians would close the evening with a baroque-folk style rendition of the original song "The Bear And The Maiden Fair" as every character flashed on the screen. This night showcased how important the talents of Ramin Djawdi and the music of the "Game of Thrones" is the success of this one-of-a-kind drama series as all await to what the future holds.

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