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 Sharjah Animation Conference (SAC) concluded its incredible first day for its debut year with a magical performance by The Florence Pops Orchestra in their concert titled “Notes For Dreaming”.
The talented orchestral ensemble from Italy played truly beautiful renditions of some of the most iconic songs from beloved animated films such as Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast”, “Aladdin” and Pixar Animation Studios’ “Toy Story”, sending the audience on a nostalgic journey down memory lane. However, the highlight of the concert was their performance of the enchanting score from Hayao Miyazaki’s masterpiece, “Princess Mononoke”.
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.
The Florence Pops Orchestra showcased their musical talent and dedication to their craft, leaving the audience in awe of their skill and passion.
It was the perfect way to end the opening day of the conference, a first-of-its-kind in the region, setting the tone for three days filled with creativity, inspiration, knowledge sharing and wonder.
Florence Pops Orchestra
Florence Pops Orchestra

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.