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29 October 2014
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The Blue Planet Live! to bowl over Hollywood

The 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.

The 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 Philharmonic orchestra.

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.

Hosted 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 their protection."

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 TV series.



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