Composer of Hayao Miyazaki's film scores to perform in Taiwan
Central News Agency
2014-04-28 11:12 PM
Taipei, April 28 (CNA) Japanese composer and musical director Joe Hisaishi, best known for composing the scores of many of Hayao Miyazaki's animations, will perform in concerts in Taiwan this coming weekend. The musical director, whose birth name is Mamoru Fujisawa, will perform at the National Concert Hall in Taipei on May 2 and at the Tainan Municipal Cultural Center the following day. He will collaborate with the Vienna State Opera Chorus, the Taiwan National Choir and Taiwan's Evergreen Symphony Orchestra, according to Management of New Arts, the events' promoter. The musicians will perform Beethoven's "Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125" ("the Choral") and two pieces composed by Hisaishi -- "Orbis" for mixed choir, pipe organ and orchestra and "The Wind Rises" suite no. 2 for balalaika, bayan, guitar and small orchestra. The 23-minute "The Wind Rises" will make its world premier in Taiwan. It is an extended version of a soundtrack for Miyazaki's award-winning 2013 animated feature "The Wind Rises." Hisaishi said in Taipei Monday that the three pieces are all challenging, but that he will do his best to give a perfect performance for Taiwanese audiences. It is the music director's third visit to Taiwan. He has composed the scores of Miyazaki's films, such as "Spirited Away," "Howl's Moving Castle," "My Neighbor Totoro" and "Ponyo." (By Christie Chen)
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