Our most popular series ANiMATO reaches its fourth anniversary this April! We’re marking this milestone with orchestral tribute videos featuring our highest-viewed tributes from 2014-2017 and 3 pieces selected by our viewers!
Each piece will be an expansion and re-orchestration of our original version with a large ensemble. Are you excited to what’s to come? Mention us with #iTSO and #ANiMATO2018!
The first video premieres Tuesday, April 24 on our Youtube page with subsequent videos uploaded on the last Tuesday of every month through the end of the year.
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Sailor Moon, we returned to Los Angeles and reunited members of the DiC music team for a special live concert starring Jennifer Cihi, Annelle K. Gregory, and Sandy Howell.
Held at the stellar Aratani Theatre at the Japanese American Cultural Community Center, the symphonic-pop concert featured songs from the 90s anime, DiC dub, live-action TV show, Sailor Moon Crystal, and musicals performed by a trim 15-piece ensemble of strings, winds, percussion.
A special meet-and-greet session was held pre-concert with select songwriters and singers from the 1995 DiC English-language dub – composer Michael Benghiat (“My Only Love”), composer John Miyagi Author (“The Power of Love”), singer-songwriter Lois Blaisch (“Rainy Day Man”), singer Jennifer Cihi (“It’s A New Day”), and singer-songwriter Sandy Howell (“Oh Starry Night”). It has been more than 20 years since these fine musicians had seen each other, so the reunion was at times nostalgic, informative, playful, and comedic. Thank you to these wonderful guests for joining us and creating memorable songs for our favorite show!
(Highlights from the panel discussion will be available for viewing on the SeraSymphony youtube page.
Music performed at the concert included “Maboroshi no Ginzuishou~SILVER CRYSTAL,” “La Soldier,” “Kirari Sailor Dream!,” first-ever live performance of “Oh Starry Night” with Sandy Howell, “My Only Love” with Jennifer Cihi, “Sailor Star Song,” and “Uranus and Neptune” featuring Annelle K. Gregory, among others.
SERASYMPHONY II: Half Moon is now available for digital download
After gathering more than 100 votes from fans on social media, we’re happy to announce Cardcaptor Sakura as this season’s big anime orchestral tribute! Join us this winter as our orchestra plays through the magical soundtracks by Takayuki Negishi from all three seasons of the anime – Catch You Catch Me, Sakura’s Theme, プラチナ [Platinum], and many more! We’ll also hold a special CCS concert for our New York fans to watch it live!
And don’t worry fans of InuYasha and Saint Seiya, we’ll also do a tribute to both series in the future!
Magical girls win again!
Nothing brings anime to life more than a stunning soundtrack – especially when played by stringed instruments! In this intimate Season II opening concert, NY’s musical nerdfest iconiQ The Soundtrack Orchestra presents the best string orchestra music from popular Japanese animated series (anime) – including Cardcaptor Sakura, InuYasha, Naruto, Spirited Away, Yona of the Dawn, and more – played by our 9-piece 愛のOrchestra (“LOVEOrchestra”).
Discounts available for New York Comic Con 2015 attendees, students, and educational faculty/staff.
For the holiday season, our piano quartet consisting of Christina Bouey (violin), Bobbie Lee Crow III (cello), Yasuhiko Fukuoka (piano), and Annette Homann (violin) will honor the imaginative and heart-wrenching Studio Ghibli collaborations from composer Joe Hisaishi and director Hayao Miyazaki! Here’s a little preview:
Watch the full medley tribute on Tuesday, Dec. 30th!