A statement from WMGSO's Board of Directors:

"The Washington Metropolitan Gamer Symphony Orchestra (WMGSO) strives to provide a respectful and safe environment for both our audience and our performing members at all WMGSO functions. Recently, sexual and emotional abuse allegations against a well known video game music composer have come to light. WMGSO does not tolerate abuse or discrimination and will refrain from performing works by or partnering with those who abuse others, regardless of their status in the video game industry. Questions regarding the Board's decision should be directed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.."   

April 2019

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.

Media inquiries about the WMGSO and game music in general should be directed to Melissa Apter at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call WMGSO’s main telephone line: 559-964-7612.

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.

 

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November 2018

ROCKVILLE, Md. -- The Washington Metropolitan Gamer Symphony Orchestra (WMGSO), the boundary pushing community ensemble dedicated to the performance of video game music, announces its fall 2018 concert, “New Perspectives,” Sunday, November 18 at the Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center in Silver Spring, Md. The one night only show will feature a multi-movement original composition inspired by the game “Dwarf Fortress.”

WMGSO has earned a reputation for putting a classical music twist on modern video game music that is accessible to all. The ensemble continues that tradition with Songs of Zavazsil, a multi-movement musical experience composed by WMGSO trombonist Josh Haas.

“In its current form, the soundtrack of Dwarf Fortress is only a couple of enchanting solo guitar tunes recorded by the developer. This isn’t the whole story, though. Everything in Dwarf Fortress is procedurally generated, from the world itself all the way down to the musical instruments and scales,” explained Haas.

“Songs of Zavazsil is an exploration of these unique musical creations - the songs of the dwarves themselves. They include languages from the game, rhythms that are difficult to listen to, and scales alien to Western musical tradition,” he added.

The two hour concert will include music from “Luigi’s Mansion,” “Fez,” “Kerbal Space Program” and other video game titles. WMGSO’s small ensembles, a beloved staple of each show, will also grace the Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center stage.

WMGSO’s “New Perspectives” concert will take place at 4 p.m. on Sunday, November 18 at the Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center, 7995 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, Md. Tickets cost $10 online, $12 at the door. Audience members are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance at http://www.wmgso.org/events.

Media inquiries about the WMGSO and game music in general should be directed to Melissa Apter at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call WMGSO’s main telephone line: 559-964-7612.

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.

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April 2018

ROCKVILLE, Md. -- The Washington Metropolitan Gamer Symphony Orchestra (WMGSO), the first community ensemble of its kind, celebrates five years of performing video game music with a special 5th Anniversary Concert on Saturday, May 19 at the Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center in Silver Spring, Md.

WMGSO has come a long way since its humble beginnings. What began as 15 musicians auditioning in a local church basement has blossomed into a 100-member full orchestra and choir that has played to sold out audiences in the Washington, D.C. metro area. WMGSO most recently played to a standing-room only crowd of 3,000 at Super MAGFest at the National Harbor, Md. This summer, WMGSO will head into the studio to record its debut album, which is slated for release in Fall 2018.

“At our premiere concert five years ago, we set out to showcase to the community the depth and breadth of video game music and, perhaps somewhat ambitiously, to bridge the gap between gamers and classical music lovers,” said WMGSO President Ayla Hurley. “Each progressive season, we’ve raised the bar on our performances, challenging ourselves and our audiences to explore this rapidly expanding genre."

The 5th Anniversary Concert will highlight WMGSO’s greatest hits from popular video game titles including “Final Fantasy,” “Undertale,” and “Ori and the Blind Forest.” Due to the unique nature of WMGSO’s repertoire, all compositions are arranged in-house.

WMGSO’s 5th Anniversary Concert will take place at 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 19 at the Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center, 7995 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, Md. Tickets cost $9 online, $10 at the door. Audience members are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance at http://www.wmgso.org/events.

Media inquiries about the WMGSO and game music in general should be directed to Melissa Apter at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call WMGSO’s main telephone line: 559-964-7612.

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.

WMGSO is supported in part by funding from the Montgomery County government and the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County.



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