The Seattle Symphony performs pop culture classics


The Seattle Symphony highlights anime music in its performance all weekend.

The project, which is music by Joe Hisaishi, was composed for the Studio Ghibli films by Hayao Miyazaki, according to Ralph Wilson, vice president of artistic planning at the Seattle Symphony.

“This experience of taking the music and playing it live while the film is on – it brings a different and new kind of intensity to the experience because you get the full impact of the symphony orchestra as well as the film,” said Wilson David Ross.

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“I would say it kind of makes it more alive and exciting to have that experience when the music is live.”

Hisaishi performs every day with his daughter Mai Fujisawa, who is the original performer on a number of film soundtracks.

Hisaishi will conduct a full orchestra and choir that will perform his music live while the film clip is running.

According to the Seattle Symphony, listeners can look forward to tracks from “My Neighbor Totoro” and “Princess Mononoke”.

The original performance was scheduled to take place in 2020, and many viewers have kept their tickets for years, Wilson said.

Four performances are scheduled over the holiday weekend, all nearly sold out, the Seattle Symphony said in an email.

The performance is a collaboration between the Seattle Symphony and a tour that Joe Hisaishi and his team are doing across North America, Wilson said.

After this week’s performances, the orchestra will play music from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.


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