Stunning footage from the EMMY® and BAFTA award-winning PLANET EARTH II forms the backdrop to a mesmerising symphony orchestra live performance of the remarkable score by the Academy Award® Winner Hans Zimmer, Jacob Shea and Jasha Klebe for Bleeding Fingers Music

Planet Earth II Live in Concert | Auckland Live

Tickets are now on sale for the New Zealand premiere of Planet Earth II Live in Concert to be held at the ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre on Wednesday 22 May 2019. A stunning presentation of breathtaking footage from the award-winning BBC series Planet Earth II, will be projected onto the big screen at the ASB Theatre accompanied by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra’s live performance of the series’ Academy Award® winning score by Hans Zimmer, and his composers Jacob Shea and Jasha Klebe.

Planet Earth II Live in Concert is produced by BBC Studios and presented in partnership with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and Auckland Live and will bring us closer to our planet’s spellbinding animals, landscapes and wildlife dramas than ever before.

Produced by BBC Studios’ acclaimed Natural History Unit, the television series Planet Earth II was filmed over three years using state-of-the-art advanced technology, and in the process elevated natural history to a whole new level. Now, Planet Earth II Live in Concert will transport audiences to the spectacular landscapes and habitats of some of Earth’s most remarkable wildlife, where they can race alongside wild lions in the remote sandy deserts of Namibia, face stormy Antarctic seas with a family of penguins, and relive the raw drama as a baby iguana tries to escape the clutches of deadly racer snakes.

Alongside all the action of this stunning footage, the 70-strong Auckland Philharmonia, conducted by David Kay, will transport audiences with a full symphonic treatment of the series’ beautiful award-winning score.

Chantal Bindley, Head of Live Entertainment, BBC Studios, Australia & New Zealand says, “We’re thrilled to be offering New Zealand audiences the opportunity to see Planet Earth II Live in Concert. The awe-inspiring footage provides a compelling insight into our natural world, and with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra performing the incredible score by Hans, Jacob and Jasha, audiences will experience a unique and very special event. Kiwis are in for an amazing treat.”

Composer Hans Zimmer, renowned for his movie scores including Gladiator, Interstellar and The Dark Knight, says the landmark BBC Earth series stands out amongst his work. “Planet Earth II is one of the most amazing things I’ve ever been involved in: some of the greatest action scenes ever put on film, some of the most emotional, epic, fragile scenes I’ve ever witnessed. Filmmaking at its absolute peak.”

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Planet Earth II Live in Concert
7.30pm, Wednesday 22 May 2019 | ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre

Presented by BBC Studios, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and Auckland Live
Planet Earth II is a BBC Studios Natural History Unit production co-produced with BBC America, ZDF, Tencent and France Télèvisions

Conductor David Kay
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Notes to Editors

About BBC Earth
BBC Earth is a global portfolio brand that invites audiences everywhere to engage with the wonders of our universe. We bring amazing premium content, television and experiences to the world, across multiple platforms including branded channels, live events, digital & social media, AR/VR, theatrical releases for cinema & giant screen films, and consumer products.

We believe that celebrating and connecting with our world is more important than ever, across nature, science, space and the human race. Along with our partners we are continually innovating to find new stories and experiences to bring insight, enlightenment and fresh perspectives to inspire us to think and feel differently about our world. From the epic to the everyday, BBC Earth brings you face to face with heart-pounding action, mind-blowing ideas and the sheer wonder of being part of this amazing planet we call home.

BBC Earth is a commercial and global consumer brand managed by BBC Studios outside of the UK.

About BBC Studios in Australia & New Zealand
The BBC Studios business in Australia and New Zealand is primarily content sales and branded services, with a newly established production arm. It wholly owns seven channels: BBC First, BBC UKTV, BBC Knowledge and CBeebies on Foxtel and Fetch TV in Australia; BBC Living on Fetch TV; and BBC UKTV and BBC Knowledge on Sky TV in New Zealand. It distributes great British content from the BBC and other British producers to free-to-air, subscription channels and SVOD platforms and works with partners to bring BBC Studios DVDs, consumer products and live events to the local market. The new production arm in Sydney will produce BBC formats for the local market and create new IP.