From the botanic gardens to the town hall, Candlelight is keeping the glow alive in Geelong with another enchanting candlelit concert in another emblematic city setting. Past concerts have paid tribute to Mozart and Vivaldi as well as to the wonder and magic of famous film scores created by John Williams and Hans Zimmer. This time around it’s time for the magical music of Joe Hisaishi to take centre stage and spirit you away.
The Candlelight concert on Saturday 3 December blends the fantastic worlds created at Studio Ghibli and Joe Hisaishi with the gorgeous sounds of a string quartet, all in one truly spectacular setting bathed in the light of hundreds of candles.
Joe Hisaishi is an eight-time winner of the Japanese Academy Award for Best Music. However, the composer and musical director is best known for masterminding the music for Hayao Miyazaki’s films to bring even more magic, fantasy and feeling to Studio Ghibli’s superb storytelling.
For 65 minutes you will be enveloped by the spellbinding, dreamy and fantastical atmosphere created and your favourite Studio Ghibli scenes will burn bright in your mind’s eye as the music ignites your memory. From Sophie’s confession of love in Howl’s Moving Castle to the sleepover scene in Ponyo, they burn bright at Candlelight.
Be prepared to fall into a realm of magic and tranquillity as candles flicker and glow when the music of cherished films including Princess Mononoke, Kiki’s Delivery Service, and My Neighbour Totoro soars through the air. These treasured soundtracks among others will be performed by Eclective Strings.
There are two performances on the night at 6:30pm and 8:30pm on December 3 at the Geelong West Town Hall, a significant historical building for the city which was renovated and restored to its original 1925 plans. It won’t be long before the light of hundreds of candles will be dancing on its walls for what’s bound be to another sensational night of film music.