Blue Planet Live! to bowl over Hollywood
Blue Planet Live! - the innovative concert based on the international
hit BBC series The Blue Planet - will entertain a potential concert-going
audience of 36,000 at two special performances of the music from
the international hit series, at the world-famous Hollywood Bowl.
LA dates - 18th and 19th July - follow sell-out concerts in the
UK, Copenhagen and Hong Kong, and will be performed by the Los Angeles
The Blue Planet Live! is conducted by five-time Oscar nominee George
Fenton (Gandhi, Cry Freedom, Dangerous Liaisons), composer of the
television series' original score and of the new score of the feature
length version - Deep Blue.
and narrated by US actor Ed Begley, the LA Philharmonic will perform
against a backdrop of a giant screening of some of the most graphic
and captivating scenes from the natural history series.
George Fenton said: "It certainly seems that audiences of The
Blue Planet Live! have had a unique and quite emotional ride, experiencing
the story of life beneath the oceans on a dramatic scale, with the
orchestra playing live; I was thrilled to perform in Hong Kong and
very much looking forward to the opportunity of taking the show
to new audiences in Los Angeles."
David Attenborough, who narrated the BBC television series and contributed
to the UK concerts, added: "These concerts are not only a musical
phenomenon; they also provide a stunningly visual and thought-provoking
way of helping people to understand the oceans and the need for
The first Blue Planet concert took place at the Royal Festival Hall
in October 2001, followed by Prom in the Park in 2002. The brainchild
of Jane Carter, Classical Acquisition and Development Manager, BBC
Music, who recognised the theatrical potential of The Blue Planet
soundtrack, the show was developed in association with George Fenton.
Jane Carter, commenting on the new concerts, added: "It's very
exciting that the concert has received such enormous international
interest and recognition. This is the first time that a natural
history series has been transformed into a live event and I am sure
the LA dates will be huge sell-outs. I look forward to further demand
to stage The Blue Planet Live! around the world."
The Blue Planet is one of the most successful factual series ever
produced by the BBC and has been licensed by BBC Worldwide to more
than 50 territories around the globe, including the US where it
was a massive hit for Discovery Channel. George Fenton won Ivor
Novello, BAFTA and Emmy awards for his score for the original eight-episode