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Boston’s New Resident Game Concert: Video Game Orchestra’s “Awakening”

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With two performances under their belt, including one at Anime Boston that Don and Tommy attended last year, it would appear as though the Video Game Orchestra has laid claim to the Boston area when it comes to game music concerts. This is good news, as the passionate and highly talented performers have a lot to offer, which you can easily see from their series of YouTube videos on their YouTube channel.

Turns out they have a new show coming up, titled “Awakening,” which is currently slated for December 5, 2009 at the Berklee Performance Center. It will feature music from Metal Gear Solid, Final Fantasy VII, AFRIKA, Super Mario Bros., Silent Hill, and Chrono Cross, and will feature composer Wataru Hokoyama as a special guest. I suppose this list of games doesn’t stray too much from the norms, but my guess is that there will be some surprises in the “and more” that appears on the flyer. I recommend checking out their official website for tickets before they sell out (we missed their debut performance last year for that very reason).

Read the official press release for more details after the jump.

“Video Game Orchestra’s presents ~Awakening~

Full group’s comeback to Berklee Performance Center on December 5th, 2009

Boston, Massachusetts – October 12th, 2009 – Video Game Orchestra (VGO) will hit the Berklee Performance Center (BPC) stage again on December 5th, 2009 at 7:30 pm, nine months after its previous premium sold out success at the venue.

Nearly a hundred musicians will be presenting new arrangements of the classic such as Super Mario and Final Fantasy, as well as music from newer games such as God of War, Silent Hill, and Metal Gear Solid. Featured guests include Wataru Hokoyama, an accomplished film/video game composer. His score for the SONY Playstation 3 game “Afrika” has won him both critical acclaims and industry awards.
( He will be guest conducting a orchestral suite of Afrika.

“This concert ~Awakening~ is going to feature the full VGO, as it is waking up from a long 9 months of sleep,” said Shota Nakama, the founder and director of VGO. “We will be representing diverse styles
of music and our renowned symphonic rock style with even better, impressive performance quality. We WILL surprise you.”

The concert is $10 for students or 18 under, and $15 for the general public ($5+ on the day of). Purchase can be made at either or Berklee Performance Center, located at 136 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston. (visit or call 617-747-2261 for more information.)

A pioneer in raising awareness of video game music repertoire, VGO makes its tribute by performing non-stop at different venues and video game related events. The show this early May in front of about 5000 people earned VGO praise for its outstanding performance and contribution to the video game industry. As what Boston Local media described, VGO “is the new sound for the new generation.”

About the VGO

VGO is a contemporary orchestra that performs orchestral arrangements of video game music. Founded in May 2008, VGO is the first and only student-run orchestra that showcase these interactive media compositions. It comprises of a 45-piece symphony, a 40-piece choir, and a 5-piece rock band. The regional and international award-winning musicians come from over 20 countries. This multi-cultural diversity contributes to the source of VGO’s unique signature.

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