Seattle Symphony plays pop culture classics
The Seattle Symphony Orchestra is spotlighting anime music in its performances all weekend.
The project, with music by Joe Hisaishi, was composed for Hayao Miyazaki’s Studio Ghibli Films, according to Seattle Symphony vice president of art planning Ralph Wilson.
“That experience of taking the music and playing it live while the movie is showing – it brings a different, new intensity to that experience because you get the full effect of the symphony orchestra, as well as the movie,” said Wilson. Dave Ross.
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“It kind of makes it, I would say, even more alive and exciting to have that experience when the music is live.”
Hisaishi, along with his daughter Mai Fujisawa, who is the original performer on several movie soundtracks, perform daily.
Hisaishi will lead a full orchestra and choir, which will perform his music live during the broadcast of the clip.
Audience members can expect to hear tracks from “My Neighbor Totoro” and “Princess Mononoke,” according to the Seattle Symphony.
The original screening was scheduled to take place in 2020, and many viewers have been holding onto their tickets for years, Wilson said.
There are four performances scheduled over the holiday weekend, all of which are nearly sold out, the Seattle Symphony said in an email.
The performance is a collaboration between the Seattle Symphony and a tour Joe Hisaishi and his crew are doing across North America, Wilson said.
After this week’s performances, the orchestra is set to play music from “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.”