The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 5 in the Cofrin Family Hall at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts, 2420 Nicolet Drive.
This is the second year for the popular Gaming, Anime, Fantasy concert, which was inspired by science fiction author Cory Doctorow’s descriptions of contemporary and future communities of enthusiasts. Last year’s concert included pre-concert and intermission live video gaming projected on the Weidner Center’s 20 foot screen, and house sound system.
Director of Bands Kevin Collins promises similar treats this year.
“This concert really feels great, because the people we play for are so incredibly grateful. Hearing this music honored and respected in a formal setting is really an affirming experience for fantasy fans as well as many of our band members, and, I think that our ‘regular’ audience members are delightfully surprised that this is such wonderful and expressive music,” he said.
Tickets for “Godzilla meets World of Warcraft: Music of Gaming, Anime, Imaginary Film and Fantasy” are $7 for adults or $5 for students and seniors, and are available at the door or in advance by calling (920) 465-2400, or online at www.uwgb.edu/tickets. But there’s a twist, once again: Students in costume get in free.
“We want to invite people to really express their inner geek,” Collins said.
Highlights will include the premiere performance of a new arrangement for band, World of Warcraft suite, and Eric Whitacres, “Godzilla Eats Las Vegas.” The latter will also include an original Godzilla Video mash-up by UW-Green Bay Prof. Sarah Detweiler, a member of the art faculty and longtime Godzilla fan.
Other selections will include “This Too Shall Pass” by Damian Kulash and Tim Norwind of OK GO, music from Tim Burton’s film Alice in Wonderland by Danny Elfman, “Suite from Cirque du Soleil” by Rene Dupre and Benoit Jutra, “Selections from the anime classic Princess Mononoke” by Joe Hishaishi.
This is the twenty-second concert of the 2010-11 season.