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.
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.