Three Concerts In The United Arab Emirates
A series of Concerts by the Florence Pops Orchestra accompanied the SAC “Shajah Animation Conceference” in the United Arab Emirates.
On pieces arranged by me, I conducted the orchestra for all 3 days of the event, for the opening we performed in front of the Emir and his family,and it was truly an honor.
The Sharjah Animation Conference (SAC)
The orchestra’s rendition of the epic tale of Ashitaka’s journey through the mystical forests of Japan brought the animated film to life once again, stirring emotions in the hearts of the audience.
Interview with Carlo Chiarotti for EL UNIVERSAL Mexican newspaper :
“It’s a very distant country, but I’m very happy to meet a culture so distant from ours that, in fact, unites us in animation and music,” said Carlo Chiarotti, director of the Florence Pop Orchestra in an interview with EL UNIVERSAL.
But the repertoire was not limited to Hollywood productions, but also included pieces from Studio Ghibli films such as ‘Spirited Away‘, ‘Princess Mononoke‘ and ‘The Legend of Ashitaka‘.
Despite the fact that the planned duration of the concert was only 30 minutes, the orchestra had to resort to the art of improvisation and expand their repertoire, because even with the lights off, the audience refused to leave.
However, the audience response was no surprise to the Florence Pop Orchestra, as Chiarotti explains that children and adult audiences always expect more pieces, so they usually have aces up their sleeves for these situations.
“When you play music from animated films, you relive the happy moments of your childhood and pass them on to the audience.
This is music that speaks to all audiences, whereas playing classics like Vivaldi or Beethoven is for a more specific audience,” the conductor explained about what makes the orchestra, which specialises in performing music from animated films, a success.
By EL UNIVERSAL