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From Nintendo's Super Mario to Final Fantasy, Norwalk orchestra performs music from video games –

NORWALK — Most people know the classic composers — Bach, Beethoven, Mozart. Others may enjoy the cinematic themes of John Williams. The Norwalk Gamer Symphony Orchestra aims to move music listeners beyond the classics and into the video gaming realm.

The audition-free community orchestra specializes in playing orchestrated arrangements of music from video games. They play everything from Nintendo’s Super Mario and Zelda series to role-playing games like the Final Fantasy series as well as multi-player online games like MapleStory.

The group is in rehearsals for their first public performance (aside from few virtual concerts) since before the pandemic. They are committed to play at the RetroWorld Expo at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford on Aug. 27, and at the Multiverse Expo in Bethel on Sept. 18.

“It’s this collective shared experience,” Rachel DeMaida, the vice president of the Norwalk GSO, said about hearing the music as well as playing it. “It transforms a solitary experience into a way to connect with other people.”


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