It’s been over a year since we saw or heard anything new from Westeros, but this Sunday night you may hear dragons roar again — with a live orchestra.
Series composer — and newly minted Emmy winner — Ramin Djawadi is bringing the second American tour of his Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience to the American Airlines Center this Sunday. This will be the first time the Game of Thrones concert has come to Dallas.
The concert, simply a must-do for any Thrones fan, features some of the most memorable and powerful music to come from the show across all seven seasons. (If you were wondering, Djawadi has yet to start composing for the eighth and final season, set to air sometime in the first half of 2019.)
This isn’t a convention or an event tailor-made for cosplayers, but no one’s going to stop you from showing up as the King in the North or everyone’s favorite little assassin, either.
Anyone who attended one of the concerts during last year’s tour (as I did) has a good idea of what to expect Sunday. Djawadi will personally conduct an orchestra playing from the show’s soundtrack as some of Thrones’ most wondrous and infamous scenes play out on a large screen. It’s perhaps the best way to appreciate Djawadi’s exceptional, award-winning score.
But there’s a reason the tour is called a concert experience; it’s not just watching Thrones with a live orchestra. Soloists take center stage throughout the concert to offer unique instrumental and vocal performances, including at least one performer becoming a towering white-and-red weirwood tree not unlike the ones that help Bran Stark channel his supernatural powers. Djawadi will also play some instruments himself, such as when he brings Arya’s unique score to life with a hammered dulcimer.
Don’t be surprised if red “leaves” fall around you as you make a trek to the Winterfell godswood. And, depending on where you sit, you might feel the heat when Drogon takes flight, as fire and smoke elements are frequently employed across the specially designed stages throughout the concert. “Light of the Seven,” the score for the outstanding opening of the season six finale, can be particularly, well, explosive.
If you did see the live experience last year, rest assured that music from season seven has been added to the lineup. That means that, unlike before, you’ll get to experience the Dothraki attack on the Lannister convoy — as well as the beautiful theme for Daenerys and Jon, “Truth.”
As his recent Emmy win indicates, Djawadi is one of the best in the business today — he’s also the master behind the equally excellent Westworld soundtrack, some of which you may hear as you wait for the concert to start. His Thrones concert is a fantastic format for experiencing the music that makes the series more than exceptional television. You’ll likely get chills as the main theme kicks off, be wowed by “Light of the Seven” and get misty eyed hearing the solemn music of House Stark.
Is there a better way to spend your time while the long wait for season eight continues? Unlikely. While anyone and everyone who appreciates good music and a good show can have a great time, for Thrones fans the concert is more akin to a religious experience. All hail Djawadi: Long may he reign.
The Dallas show is this Sunday at 8 p.m. Tickets are still available.