G&L Group, Join Japan, and XYZ MG LLC
An incredible evening of symphonic music from Toho’s Godzilla Series and Special Effects films featuring composer MICHIRU OSHIMA conducting her works from GODZILLA VS MEGAGUIRAS (2000), GODZILLA AGAINST MECHAGODZILLA (2002), and GODZILLA TOKYO SOS (2003). Michiru Oshima is a multi-award winning composer of film, television, and video games. In addition to selections from those films, Ms. Oshima will also be premiering a brand new composition expressly for this occasion. All performed live by large orchestra!
But the rare treats do not stop there. John DeSentis (conductor and musical director/producer of the IFUKUBE 100: A LEGACY OF MONSTER MUSIC and SYMPHONIC FURY: THE MUSIC OF JAPANESE MONSTERS concerts) will be presenting works by legendary composer AKIRA IFUKUBE. Along with selections from his scores to RODAN (1956) and THE MYSTERIANS (1957), his incredibly rare score from THE THREE TREASURES (aka Birth of Japan 1959) will be performed. A sonic treat for kaiju fans!
Another legend of Japanese film music, MASARU SATO, best known as the longtime composer for Akira Kurosawa, will have selections from his scores to “SON OF GODZILLA (1967)” and GODZILLA VS MECHAGODZILLA (1974) performed.
KAIJU CRESCENDO will also have a host of very special guests from Japan. Legendary actor AKIRA TAKARADA (GODZILLA 1954) will be in attendance as guest of honor! Joining him will be Japanese director SHUSUKE KANEKO (1990s GAMERA trilogy, GODZILLA MOTHRA KING GHIDORAH: GIANT MONSTERS ALL OUT ATTACK), SONOE NAKAJIMA (daughter of legendary suit actor Haruo Nakajima), actress PEGGY NEAL (THE GREAT BUDDAH ARRIVAL, THE X FROM OUTER SPACE), and famed model builder TAKUJI YAMADA.
All special guests will be attending courtesy of the annual G-FEST Godzilla convention in Rosemont the same weekend of July 12-14th. More information about G-FEST can be found here!
Please join us for what will assuredly be a memorable evening of Japanese monster music!