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.
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.