‘Game of Thrones’ music tour enthralls Mohegan Sun crowd

‘Game of Thrones’ music tour enthralls Mohegan Sun crowd

The Westerly Sun


The HBO drama “Game of Thrones” has become one of the most popular cable television shows of all time. The show is based on the bestselling book series “A Song Of Fire And Ice,” written by George R.R. Martin, and has just completed filming its seventh season, which will air this summer. The music featured in each episode is 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 lay across the length of the arena floor from end to end as one side featured the orchestra and the other the soloist stage. Two huge screens played clips from the show all evening as Djawadi led 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 turned part of the stage into a tree with falling leaves. Fans would cheer as their favorite characters appeared 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 focused on the most recent sixth season of “Game Of Thrones,” as an aggressive “Theme of the High Sparrow” and the intense strings of the Whitewalkers kept the energy flowing. The drum-heavy “Battle of the Bastards” and the sweeping “Flight of the Dragons” received huge praise from fans, as both featured epic scenes from the show. Djawandi was featured during the performance 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 closed 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 Djawadi and the music of the “Game of Thrones” is to the success of this one-of-a-kind drama series.

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