Concert celebrates music of Miyazaki film

    Photo courtesy of ESME

    An ‘Eclectic’ concert is coming to Rivertown Crossings on Sunday, Sept. 25. Arrangements of music inspired by the score of the Hayao Miyazaki film, “Howl’s Moving Castle” will be performed by the Eclectic Strings Music Ensemble Club House Orchestra.

    As part of its series of free community engagement concerts, the group will perform original arrangements inspired by the movie as well as other Miyazaki films and anime series in the food court in front of the theater entrance from 4:30-6 p.m. 

    The program will also include special performances featuring both affiliated acoustic fusion string group ESME and other young music students from various West Michigan public schools.

     “We are excited to bring another engagement concert to Celebration Cinema and appreciate Studio C and Rivertown Crossing’s partnership in showcasing our students’ talent,” said Gene Hahn, ESME director, founder and violinist. 

    “Performing at a ‘movie premiere’ is a great way for our students to engage with their community using classical instruments in a new and interactive way, tying their exposure to youth-oriented film and popular music with classical instruments and training. It’s also a wonderful opportunity for the greater community to see and hear an exciting fusion of classical instruments and modern music.”

    The classic Miyazaki film Howl’s Moving Castle had its actual premiere at the 61st Venice International Film Festival on September 5, 2004 and went on to become one of the highest grossing Japanese movies in history. The Academy Award nominated film grossed $190 million in Japan alone and $236 million worldwide. It is one of several films from Studio Ghibli that blend Japanese animation with stories that are surprising and refreshingly original, as is its score, by Joe Hisaishi.

    The ESME “Howl’s Moving Castle” performance is sponsored by Meyer Music. Learn more about Project ESME at


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