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Kirby 25th Anniversary Orchestra Concert

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Key art for the Kirby 25th Anniversary Orchestra Concert.

The Kirby 25th Anniversary Orchestra Concert was a series of concerts performed by the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Osaka Symphony Orchestra and held across Japan in the year 2017 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Kirby series. A live recording of the July 21st performance[1] - along with a second set of bonus tracks - was then released as a two-CD + DVD/Blu-ray set in Japan only on December 20th, 2017. The digital versions of the CDs were released internationally on June 26th, 2018.

The concert arrangements were written by Shogo Sakai and Megumi Ohara, and were conducted by Taizo Takemoto, except for the "Kirby Air Ride Medley", which was conducted by Sakai.

Concerts[edit]

Initially, three separate concerts were to be performed, though of the same suite, but due to high demand, three more performances were scheduled later on. The first two were performed in Tokyo on April 16th, 2017, two more were performed in Osaka on June 18th, and the final performances were in Tokyo on July 20th and July 21st.

The July 21st concert had a paid livestream hosted on Niconico, that was available for purchase for 2,500 Niconico points (2,500 yen), and could be rewatched unlimitedly until August 20th, 2017. This performance is also the one from which the CD, DVD and Blu-ray versions were derived.

All concerts featured - in addition to the orchestra - a video display which showed gameplay snippets from the games the music was taken from and commentary in-between performances by the staff.

CD Release[edit]

A collage of every item available as part of the Kirby 25th Orchestra Concert CD and video set. Includes jewel case and the two CDs, and either a DVD or Blu-Ray disc containing video of the concerts.

On December 20th, 2017 - the Kirby 25th Anniversary Orchestra Concert was released as a 2-CD set for purchase in Japan only. The first disc, Kirby 25th Anniversary Orchestra Concert, consists of the full suite as performed in the concert. The second disc, Kirby Memorial Arrangements, consists of bonus music and orchestrations which were not part of the concert proper.

The digital versions of the CDs were released internationally on June 26th, 2018, available on several music streaming services.

All tracks were arranged by Shogo Sakai except for the "King Dedede & Meta Knight Medley" and the "Kirby Ball Medley", which were arranged by Megumi Ohara.

Kirby 25th Anniversary Orchestra Concert CD track list
Track # English title[2] Japanese title[3] Length Game(s) Notes
01 Kirby's 25th Anniversary: Grand Opening 星のカービィ25周年 グランドオープニング
Kirby of the Stars 25th Anniversary Grand Opening
2:11 Kirby's Dream Land A medley consisting of "Welcome to Dream Land" and "Green Greens".
02 Kirby's Adventure Medley 星のカービィ 夢の泉の物語メドレー
Kirby of the Stars: The Story of the Fountain of Dreams Medley
3:40 Kirby's Adventure / Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land Consists of "Level 8 Demo", "Grape Garden", "Orange Ocean", and "Ending Demo".
03 King Dedede & Meta Knight Medley デデデ大王&メタナイト・タッグメドレー
Great King Dedede & Meta Knight Tag Medley
3:51 Kirby's Dream Land, Kirby Super Star, Kirby Super Star Ultra Consists of "Mt. Dedede", "Masked Dedede's Theme", "Boarding the Halberd", "Havoc Aboard the Halberd", and "My Friend and the Sunset".
04 Kirby's Dream Land 2 Animal Friends Medley 星のカービィ2なかまメドレー
Kirby of the Stars 2 Allies Medley
3:36 Kirby's Dream Land 2 Consists of "Rick's Theme", "Kine's Theme", and "Coo's Theme".
05 Kirby's Dream Land 3 / Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards Medley 星のカービィ3&64メドレー
Kirby of the Stars 3 & 64 Medley
6:22 Kirby's Dream Land 3, Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards Consists of "Ripple Field: Ocean Waves", "Desert Stage", "Planet Popstar", "Ripple Star: Stage Select", and "0² Battle".
06 Kirby Super Star Medley 星のカービィ スーパーデラックスメドレー
Kirby of the Stars Super Deluxe Medley
6:14 Kirby Super Star/Kirby Super Star Ultra Consists of "Grand Opening", "Gourmet Race", "Crystal Area", "Revenge of Meta Knight (Map)", "Vs. Marx", and "Kirby's Triumphant Return".
07 Kirby Air Ride Medley カービィのエアライドメドレー
Kirby's Airride Medley
4:49 Kirby Air Ride Consists of "Air Ride: Fantasy Meadows", "Air Ride: Magma Flows", and "The Legendary Air Ride Machine".
08 Kirby & The Amazing Mirror / Kirby: Squeak Squad Medley 星のカービィ 鏡の大迷宮&参上! ドロッチェ団メドレー
Kirby of the Stars: The Great Labyrinth of Mirrors & They've Arrived! The Daroach Gang Medley
3:19 Kirby & The Amazing Mirror, Kirby: Squeak Squad Consists of "Forest/Nature Area", "Space Area", "Prism Plains", and "Squeak Squad Appears!".
09 Kirby Ball Medley ボールになったカービィメドレー
Kirby Becomes a Ball Medley
5:21 Kirby's Pinball Land, Kirby's Dream Course, Kirby: Canvas Curse, Kirby and the Rainbow Curse Consists of the Wispy Woods Land theme from Kirby's Pinball Land, "Iceberg Ocean" from Kirby's Dream Course, "Drawcia Sorceress" from Kirby: Canvas Curse, and "Rainbow Across the Skies" from Kirby and the Rainbow Curse.
10 Kirby Triple Deluxe Medley 星のカービィ トリプルデラックスメドレー
Kirby of the Stars Triple Deluxe Medley
5:49 Kirby: Triple Deluxe Consists of "Floral Fields", "Moonlight Capital", "Taranza, the Master of Puppetry", and "Fatal Blooms in Moonlight".
11 Kirby: Planet Robobot Medley 星のカービィ ロボボプラネットメドレー
Kirby of the Stars Robobo Planet Medley
4:15 Kirby: Planet Robobot Consists of "Pink Ball Activate!", "VS. Star Dream", and "Planet Heart".
12 Kirby's Return to Dream Land Medley 星のカービィ Wiiメドレー
Kirby of the Stars Wii Medley
5:43 Kirby's Return to Dream Land Consists of "The Adventure Begins", "Sky Tower", "Dangerous Dinner", "C-R-O-W-N-E-D", and "Return to Dream Land".
13 Kirby's Dream Land / A New Wind for Tomorrow あしたはあしたのかぜがふく
Tomorrow's Wind Blows Tomorrow
2:08 Kirby's Dream Land Extended version of "A New Wind for Tomorrow", the credits theme for Kirby's Dream Land.
14 Kirby Super Star / Milky Way Wishes: Staff Credits 銀河にねがいを スタッフロール
Wish Upon the Galaxy: Staff Roll
2:47 Kirby Super Star/Kirby Super Star Ultra The credits theme for Kirby Super Star, as played at the end of Milky Way Wishes.
TOTAL LENGTH 60:05

DVD/Blu-ray Release[edit]

The Blu-ray and DVD release includes a video recording of the concert with chapter selection for each song and a multi-angle feature, which allows for switching between the pre-recorded game footage and the live concert footage. Additionally, the commentary between songs is included, but not mentioned on the packaging or on the menu screen. The concert footage begins automatically when the disc is inserted, and the menu screen is only available once the concert ends or if the MENU button is pressed.

Official YouTube uploads[edit]

On March 14th, 2022, to celebrate the series' 30th anniversary and in anticipation for the Kirby 30th Anniversary Music Festival, the official Kirby and Nintendo YouTube accounts uploaded a handful of songs from the concert: "Grand Opening", "Kirby's Dream Land 3/Kirby 64 Medley", "Kirby Super Star Medley", "Kirby's Return to Dream Land Medley" and "Kirby's Dream Land 2 Animal Friends Medley". All of the uploads were made private on March 31st, 2023.

Gallery[edit]

Trivia[edit]

  • Masahiro Sakurai and Makiko Ohmoto were both featured guests at the concerts, albeit Sakurai was only present in the April 16th and June 18th performances. Makiko herself participated in bonus commentary between tracks, performed a rendition of The Noble Haltmann, and demonstrated Kirby's voice live.
  • Free music sheets of "Kirby's Adventure Medley" and "King Dedede & Meta Knight Medley" are available on the official website (distribution link).
  • The ending of "Kirby's 25th Anniversary: Grand Opening" references the ending of "Gourmet Race to Green Greens: Chamber Music" from the Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition Compilation Soundtrack. Likewise, a section in the "Kirby Air Ride Medley" references the arrangement of "The Legendary Air Ride Machine" from Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
    • Both of these references come from specific rearrangements done by Shogo Sakai, which might explain their inclusions here, given his contributions toward the concert as a whole.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 星のカービィ25周年記念オーケストラコンサート
Hoshi no kābyi 25 shūnenkinen ōkesutorakonsāto
Kirby of the Stars 25th Anniversary Commemorative Orchestra Concert
Traditional Chinese 星之卡比25週年紀念管弦樂音樂會[4]
Xīng zhī Kǎbǐ 25 Zhōunián Jìniàn Guǎnxiányuè Yīnyuèhuì
Kirby of the Stars 25th Anniversary Commemorative Orchestra Concert
Simplified Chinese -
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German Konzert zu Kirbys 25. Jubiläum[5] Concert for Kirby's 25th Anniversary
Portuguese Concerto de orquestra do 25º aniversário de Kirby[6] Orchestra concert of the 25th anniversary of Kirby
Spanish Concierto de orquesta del 25.º aniversario de Kirby[7] Orchestra concert of the 25th anniversary of Kirby


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