Having scored some of the most successful and acclaimed anime films, Joe Hisaishi is globally recognised for his contribution to music and film. There’s really no better way to honour the Japanese master’s work than with an epic tribute in a moving, candlelit setting. The talented musicians of the distinguished Adelaide Concert Orchestra are coming to the historic Adelaide Town Hall for a magical evening that will be a treat for all the senses.
Led by Graeme Press, you’ll be transported back to some of your favourite anime scenes as you hear the heartwarming melodies of the scores as heard in Kiki’s Delivery Service, Princess Mononoke, Howl’s Moving Castle, Laputa Castle in the Sky, and many more. We can’t think of a more special evening plan than being immersed in a beautiful ambiance as thousands of candles dance to the lyrical melodies of Joe Hisaishi.
Leading the orchestra on the night will be the notable conductor Graeme Press. You might know him as Network 7’s Music Director for Carols In The Domain. Beyond that, Graeme Press is held in high regard as composer, arranger and visionary around the world. He has already presented the works of the legendary band Queen and iconic film composer Hans Zimmer for Candlelight, and this season, Adelaide Town Hall will light up as the concert series honours Japanese legend, Joe Hisaishi.
We all love the Studio Ghibli films that tug at the heartstrings with their beautiful storytelling and amazing audiovisual narration. On the night, thousands of candles will light up the auditorium as their scores are recreated by the world-renowned Adelaide Concert Orchestra. The orchestra supports Australian and international artists and has played in some of the city’s most phenomenal venues, from Her Majesty’s Theatre to Thebarton Theatre, always delivering sensational performances.
The Iconic Auditorium of Adelaide Town Hall
Built in 1866, Adelaide Town Hall has been a crucial part of the city of Adelaide’s history. From hosting The Beatles on the balcony above a crowd of highly enthusiastic Beatlemaniacs in 1964 to welcoming Princess Diana and Prince Charles in 1983, the venue oozes with charm and history. This June, it will be illuminated by a sea of flickering candles, as it hosts an evening celebrating the legacy of legendary rock band Queen in its Auditorium.
One of the most distinctive features of the Auditorium is most certainly the J. W. Walker & Sons grand pipe organ, pipe organ builders by appointment to Her Majesty The Queen Elizabeth II. For centuries, the organ has been the perfect backdrop to Lord Mayoral balls and other events. The venue is highly sought after due to its lavish interiors and marble columns. It boasts state-of-the-art sound systems, which can only elevate Joe Hisaishi’s iconic scores performed by the mind-blowingly talented Adelaide Concert Orchestra.
Joe Hisaishi is perhaps one of the most influential composers of our time. His stunning scores are ingrained in our memories and will forever be part of our collective memory. With an orchestra at his disposal, Graeme Press will recreate these fantastical scores as candles glow and flicker.
Enter a world of wonder and be swept away by the power of music for 60 minutes at Adelaide Town Hall. There will be two phenomenal performances on the evening, one at 6:00pm and another at 8:30pm, so you can choose the concert that best fits your schedule.
Note: The photos used are from various Candlelight Orchestra x Graeme Press performances.