A statement from WMGSO's Board:
"WMGSO is an inclusive organization that vehemently rejects discrimination in all its insidious forms. As we witness the outpouring of pain borne from years of systemic racism and injustice against Black Americans, WMGSO's Board recognizes that we can always do better. As performers, we owe a great debt to Black musicians, composers, and artists whose works have influenced and shaped the cultural landscape. We pledge to better educate ourselves and to use our platform to highlight, share, credit, and promote the contributions of Black video game music artists. We encourage our members and our fans to combat racial injustice in their corner of the world."
The Washington Metropolitan Gamer Symphony Orchestra prioritizes our community above all else. In order to protect the health and wellness of our community, we will enact a hiatus from rehearsals and performances for the remainder of the spring season.
This includes the cancellation of our Spring concert, which was to be held on Saturday, May 16 and performed jointly with the Rockville Brass Band (RBB). We hope to reschedule this program with RBB for Spring 2021.
Our fundraiser at Dragon Distillery in Frederick, Md., originally scheduled for Sunday, April 5, is postponed. We will provide an update as soon as we find a new date for this event. Those who purchased tickets will receive a full refund.
As of yet, our summer Small Ensemble Showcase, scheduled for Saturday, July 11 in Washington, D.C., has not been impacted.
We are grateful for your understanding at this time and we look forward to performing for our fans again when it is safe to do so. Thank you.
A statement from WMGSO's Board of Directors:
ROCKVILLE, Md. -- From deep beneath the surface of Thedas to the Kingdom of Hyrule, audiences will be transported to “Worlds Beyond” by the Washington Metropolitan Gamer Symphony Orchestra (WMGSO) at its May 11 concert.
The two hour musical experience, presented by WMGSO’s 100-member orchestra and choir, will feature original arrangements from Dragon Age: Origins, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Pikmin, BioShock Infinite, Kingdom Hearts III and more. Arranger Benjamin Emberley expounded on how music can enhance the game environment. “As the music grows in confidence and volume, its magisterial surroundings become more and more prevalent in the symphonic nature of the music. The various colors and timbres used in the orchestra portray the Rito people [from Breath of the Wild] as they take to the air, revelling in their dominance of the skies.”
WMGSO’s “Worlds Beyond” concert will take place at 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 11 at the Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center, 7995 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, Md. General admission tickets cost $12 online, $15 at the door. Student and senior (65+) discounted tickets are $9 online or at the door. Audience members are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance at http://www.wmgso.org/events.
The Washington Metropolitan Gamer Symphony Orchestra is a community orchestra and choir whose mission is to share and celebrate video game music with a wide audience by putting on affordable, accessible concerts in the Washington, D.C. area.