Saturday, November 19, 2022 | 8PM | Michigan Theater
Sunday, November 20, 2022 | 3PM | Michigan Theater

Experience two days of thrills, spills and nostalgia as the historic Michigan Theater is transformed into the recording stage of the celebrated Tokyo-based animation group Studio Ghibli. The John Williams to Steven Spielberg of the animation world, Joe Hisaishi’s colorful and sprightly scores to Hayao Miyazaki’s Academy Award-nominated films have woven themselves into the fabric of childhood for viewers around the world.

Hear the full soundtracks from three of Studio Ghibli’s most widely-acclaimed films: My Neighbor Totoro (1988), Spirited Away (2001), and Howl’s Moving Castle (2004). Fun for anime lovers of all agesnow with two showings (one evening performance and one matinee)!


Saturday, November 19, 2022 | 8PM | Michigan Theater 
Sunday, November 20, 2022 | 3PM | Michigan Theater (NEW!)
Wilbur Lin, conductor
Momo Kajiwara, narrator

The Music of Studio Ghibli スタジオジブリ
Hisaishi My Neighbor Totoro (1988)
Hisaishi Spirited Away (2001)
Hisaishi Howl’s Moving Castle (2004)

© 1988 Studio Ghibli

© 2001 Studio Ghibli – NDDTM

© 2004 Studio Ghibli – NDDMT



Known for his creative programming and inviting stage presence, Wilbur Lin’s career has taken him to orchestra halls and opera theaters across the United States, Europe, Latin America, and Taiwan. Recently appointed Music Director Designate of the Missouri Symphony (MOSY), Lin’s 2022/23 season includes a number of engagements with the MOSY, a subscription debut with the Oak Ridge Symphony, and a return to Indiana’s Richmond Symphony. His other recent highlights include his debut with the Taipei Symphony Orchestra, opening its 2021/22 season, and guest appearances with the Indianapolis Chamber, LaPorte Symphony, and Taiwan Symphony Orchestra Academy orchestras.

In 2008, the Taiwanese-American conductor founded the Chamber Philharmonic Taipei (CPT). With a humble origin, formed mainly by conservatory students, the orchestra fully professionalized in 2013. Reflecting Lin’s expertise and musical passion, the CPT is known for being an extremely responsive and performance-practice-conscious orchestra, which focuses its programming on both early and contemporary music. The orchestra brings together musicians from around the world to perform during the summer. Over the years, CPT consisted of many members of major international orchestras, including the Rotterdam Philharmonic, Oslo Philharmonic, Deutsche Oper, Lübeck Philharmonic, Taiwan Philharmonic, and Jacksonville Symphony orchestras.

Recently finished his tenure as assistant conductor with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (2019-2022), in addition to his position with the MOSY, Lin also assumes the assistant professorship as conductor of the Northern Illinois University Philharmonic and Opera Theatre in Fall, 2022.

Lin regularly works with the Chamber Philharmonic Taipei and, in recent years, has conducted the Manchester Camerata, Orquesta Sinfónica Juvenil (El Salvador), Taipei Philharmonic, Taipei Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, Indianapolis Chamber, Liverpool Mozart, Academy Orchestra of Taiwan Symphony, Richmond Symphony (IN), Missouri Symphony, and LaPorte Symphony orchestras. Lin has also cover conducted the Taiwan Symphony, Minnesota, and Cincinnati Ballet orchestras.

A graduate of Riccardo Muti’s Italian Opera Academy, Lin’s operatic endeavors include conducting Verdi’s Macbeth at Teatro Alighieri (Ravenna, Italy), Die Zauberflöte with the Winter Harbor Music Festival (Winter Harbor, Maine), and has coached and performed as a pianist with the Indianapolis Opera, IU Opera Theater, Reimagining Opera for Kids, and the Cincinnati Ballet. In summer, 2022, Lin will return to Winter Harbor Music Festival for a production of Barber of Seville and lead a new workshop production of Robeson by Scott Davenport Richards at the Cincinnati Opera.

Lin held the position of Taiwan Symphony Orchestra International Talent Fellow (2019-2021), Weiwuyin Opera (Taiwan) Conducting Fellow (2019-2020), Lord Rhodes Scholar (2013-2014), was a two-time recipient of Mortimer Furber Prize for Conducting at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM), and holds a doctoral degree in orchestral conducting from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Lin has studied with Arthur Fagen and David Effron at Jacobs, Clark Rundell and Mark Heron at the RNCM, and Apo Hsu at the National Taiwan Normal University. He has also received conducting coaching with, notably, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Riccardo Muti, Sir Mark Elder, Helmuth Rilling, and has assisted Louis Langrée, James Gaffigan, and John Morris Russell, among others.

To learn more about Maestro Lin, click here.

Momo Kajiwara, narrator


Momo Kajiwara was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan, and she holds a BA from Keio University.  Momo lives in Ann Arbor with her husband and two sons. 

Momo has released a CD as “PikoMako”, a singing duo, from Universal Music Japan.  PikoMako toured and performed throughout Japan. She has also performed in theater in New York City. 

Momo has been practicing music education for children since 2015.  She currently teaches Japanese-English bilingual music classes and performs monthly at the Ann Arbor District Library.