Eminence Symphony Orchestra SMASH! 2011 Concert to Feature Animated Work

The Eminence Symphony Orchestra, in the grand tradition of such performances A Night in Fantasia once again have another concert in the works in Australia.

On July 16, 2011, Eminence presents Memories of Fantasia in conjunction with the Sydney Manga and Anime Show (SMASH!), a concert which will feature musical works sourced from Square-Enix video games and Studio Ghibli anime. On top of that, Eminence will also present Last Goodbye, which is a short musical animated work and will debut at SMASH! 2011. Artists expected to be present include Hiroki Kikuta, Kenji Ito, and Mari Yoshida along with the Eminence ensemble.

For those looking to attend the concert, tickets can be purchased here: http://tickets.smash.org.au/

Hiroaki Yura, Hiroki Kikuta, and Shihori are Guests at Otakon 2010

It shouldn’t be a surprise given that Hiroaki Yura, Hiroki Kikuta, and Shihori will be guests for this year’s Otakon 2010. The trio will appear during the opening ceremonies where the three worked together in composing, producing, and rehearsing the theme song, titled “Shackles of Night” which will be performed during the ceremonies.

The music will accompany the opening animation which is done by Japanese studio Production I.G.

Release Date for Otakon Theme Song Set for July 30, 2010


The Otakon theme song, titled “Shackles of Night,” will be released on July 30, 2010 for $15. This CD contains music composed by Hiroki Kikuta, with instrumentals performed by Eminence Symphony Orchestra’s founder Hiroaki Yura, and sung by Shihori. The Vocaloid character Hatsune Miku will also sing her own version of the song for the CD.

In addition to “Shackles of Night,” the disc will also have a B-side, titled “Antique Doll,” also sung by Shihori and three tracks that currently have been labeled as a collaboration between Hiroki Kikuta and Hiroaki Yura.

More information can be found on Eminence’s page for “Shackles of Night.”

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