Mountain View High School’s orchestras will come together to celebrate video games during their annual “Surround Sound” concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 16, in the school’s auditorium.
Themed “Video Game Odyssey,” the show combines the school’s five orchestras, plus wind, brass and percussion, bringing together more than 250 student musicians onstage.
The long-standing Mountain View tradition is the only concert of the years where all five of the school’s orchestras appear together for an entire concert, said Dr. Walter Temme, orchestra director. In fact, the event is named such because the students overflow the stage to encompass the audience with their sound.
“For this one night, students from all grades and levels of performance unite, combining their forces to create something special,” Temme said.
The Surround Sound concert also gives the orchestras a chance to perform lighter fare than the traditional classical music they play year-round. This year’s program departs from its usual Hollywood scores to sample the world of video game music, with its popular and easily recognizable themes. Plus, Temme is known for his creative approach each year, sporting choreographed entrances and impersonating characters to complement the music. This year, audiences can expect a dramatic reveal introducing a new addition to Mountain View’s music program.
The event, the program’s biggest fundraiser of the year, also includes dinner from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and raffle drawings, both sponsored by the Mountain View Orchestra Parents Organization.
Tickets are $20 to attend the dinner and concert or $5 for the concert only. Dinner and concert tickets can be purchased at mvhsorchestras.com/tickets. In addition, raffle tickets will be on sale during the dinner and prior to the concert.
Funds raised will be used to support orchestra program needs, including instrument purchases, extracurricular music workshops and in-class clinics. New this year is a Summer Orchestra Academy, a series of workshops in June to keep students learning and motivated over the summer break. The workshops are open to all current students and incoming freshmen.
Mountain View’s orchestra program is comprised of five orchestras with more than 250 participating students. They perform quarterly in the school’s 1,200-seat auditorium, and compete in regional and state festivals, consistently earning superior ratings. In 2018, Mesa Public Schools named Mountain View the host school for its new Music Conservatory Program and Seal of Musical Excellence.
The Mountain View Orchestra Parents Organization is a volunteer group committed to supporting Mountain View’s orchestras and the orchestra director in delivering students an excellent music education.