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Music from the Studio Ghibli Films of Hayao Miyazaki

Watch 'Howl's Moving Castle' and 'My Neighbour Totoro' on Sidney Myer's huge screen while the scores are performed live by the MSO.
By Sarah Ward
October 17, 2019
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Music from the Studio Ghibli Films of Hayao Miyazaki

Watch 'Howl's Moving Castle' and 'My Neighbour Totoro' on Sidney Myer's huge screen while the scores are performed live by the MSO.
By Sarah Ward
October 17, 2019
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UPDATE: DECEMBER 12, 2019 — If you've been umming and ahhing about getting tickets to this show, you now have an additional reason to buy them: the MSO has just announced another magical Ghibli night under the stars. The second show will take place the following night, on Sunday, March 1. Tickets are on sale now over here.

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For more than three decades, Hayao Miyazaki has been hailed as the shining star of Japanese animation house Studio Ghibli, spinning gorgeous on-screen stories about magical worlds, buses shaped like cats, moving houses, friendly fish and more. No one can tell an enchanting tale like the masterful filmmaker — but, no one can make melodic music to match like Joe Hisaishi.

First collaborating with Miyazaki on 1984's Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, the composer has provided the score to every one of the director's features since then, spanning everything from My Neighbour Totoro and Spirited Away to Ponyo and The Wind Rises. That's quite the collection of moving movie music, and it's coming to Melbourne for two nights with Hisaishi himself at the podium.

After taking over Hamer Hall for four sold-out shows in 2018, Hisaishi and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra are heading to the Sidney Myer Music Bowl on Saturday, February 29 and Sunday, March 1 for Music from the Studio Ghibli Films of Hayao Miyazaki.

The sounds of Ghibli will echo through Kings Domain while Hisaishi conducts the full orchestra and the MSO Chorus, and a montage of clips from the likes of Howl's Moving CastlePrincess Mononoke — and the rest of Miyazaki and Hisaishi's shared filmography — plays on the huge screen.

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