Spirited Away by Singapore Symphony Orchestra

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Ghibli fans were treated to an auralgasmic adventure over at The Star Performing Arts Centre last Saturday night. Conducted by Associate Conductor Joshua Tan, the Singapore Symphony Orchestra played tracks after tracks of memorable pieces from well-known Ghibli movies. The set list included fan favourites such as Departures, from the award winning film of the same name, and Orchestra Stories, from the animated movie My Neighbour TOTORO.

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Joe Hisaishi’s music remains popular, even among non-fans of classical music, partly because we often associate his music with movies by Hayao Miyazaki. Like Hisaishi’s music, in the spirit of making classical music appealing to both young and old, glow sticks were given away for free at the door to members of the audience. While some of us might have stared perplexedly at them, wondering what we should do with glow sticks at a classical music concert, the children were definitely enthused, given how excitedly they were waving them during the show.

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To add spice to the events, Ghibli fans also attended the concert in outfits inspired by their favourite Ghibli characters such as Kiki from Kiki’s Delivery Service. Some fans even went as far as to cosplay as characters from the movies. it was certainly a sight to behold, to see No-Face from Spirited Away, and the Wizard Howl from Howl’s Moving Castle seated side by side in the audience, enjoying their favourite Joe Hisaishi numbers.

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All 3800 tickets were sold out long before the concert. But for Ghibli fans who did not catch the concert, fret not! The next movie by Hayao Miyazaki and Ghibli studios, The Wind Rises, will be showing in Singapore from 20 March 2014. The Wind Rises was nominated for the Best Animated Feature Film category at the Oscars and this is the first time a Japanese film has been nominated for this category since Howl’s Moving Castle in 2006. Also, as rumour has it that this will be Miyazaki’s last film, we at POPCulture Online are just as excited as you are for its premiere! See you then!!

Photo by the Singapore Symphony Orchestra

by Tessie Tan
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