Joe Hisaishi Symphonic Concert: Music from the Studio Ghibli Films of Hayao Miyazaki

Live-To-Picture Concert Event

Tim Fox
Erika Noguchi
Emily Threlfall Yoon
Press Resources
“… now offering American audiences the chance to get to know Mr. Hisaishi, and discover the weird, glamorous music he brought to [Studio] Ghibli’s masterpieces. A two-night retrospective last weekend packed Carnegie Hall with local Japanimation fans and visiting tourists, all of us eager to watch Mr. Hisaishi lead the Hollywood Film Music Orchestra and Choirs through excerpts. Projected on a large screen overhead were scenes from 'Mononoke,' 'My Neighbor Totoro,' and 'Spirited Away,'and what struck me on Friday was not just the diversity of his compositions — 'Porco Rosso' features finger snapping; 'Kiki’s Delivery Service' delivers a pizzicato flying scene to rival E.T.’s arc across the moon — but also his generosity to instrumentalists, many of whom get a chance at center stage.”
The New York Times

JOE HISAISHI SYMPHONIC CONCERT: MUSIC FROM THE STUDIO GHIBLI FILMS OF HAYAO MIYAZAKI celebrates the illustrious partnership between acclaimed composer Joe Hisaishi and beloved filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki (Academy Award Winner, Best Animated Feature Film 2002, "Spirited Away"). As longstanding friends and collaborators, Hisaishi and Miyazaki have worked together for over thirty years, including nine films from renowned production house Studio Ghibli. In a new concert production, Joe Hisaishi's celebrated scores-- including those from "Princess Mononoke", "My Neighbor Totoro", and the Oscar-winning "Spirited Away"-- are performed with a full orchestra and choir, and conducted by Hisaishi himself. The music accompanies montages from Miyazaki's films, bringing the timeless work of Hisaishi and Miyazaki to vivid new life.

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