December 2021

Experience the underwater magic of Blue Planet with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra

Performing live the original score, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra will transport you to bright coral reefs, icy polar caps and the luminous deep sea.

Image credit: Madison Kosma via BBC Earth

Take a trip underwater and uncover the magical marvels of the deep blue sea with Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, with Blue Planet II Live in Concert coming to SA this December.

Following the incredible success of the BAFTA Award-winning BBC natural history series Blue Planet II, the concert will bring the wonders and mysteries of the planet’s oceans and its characterful inhabitants to life on stage.

Performing the original score by Hans Zimmer, Jacob Shea and David Flemming, the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra will transport you closer to bright coral reefs, icy polar caps and the luminous deep sea than ever before.

The performance will present a selection of collated breathtaking visuals from the television series, highlighting the incredible natural wonders of our blue planet in detail and projected on a state-of-the-art LED screen, accompanied by the performance of a full orchestra of world class musicians.

Returning to the stage for the third time will be conductor Vanessa Scammell, who led Blue Planet II performances in 2019 and 2020.

“I can’t wait to stand on the podium, lift my baton and for you to hear the glorious Adelaide Symphony Orchestra bring the score of Hans Zimmer and Jacob Shea to life,” says Scammell.

While Sir David Attenborough’s softly spoken narration will be absent, Australia’s favourite doctor, Dr Karl Kruszelnicki, is bringing his scientific enthusiasm and storytelling skills to the symphony performance, conveying live the excitement and wonder of the deep blue.

“Sir David Attenborough, Blue Planet, the BBC and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra? These are my people, and I’m thrilled to be on-board,” says Kruszelnicki.

Dr Karl, as he’s more commonly known, has worked to popularise and demystify science on the ABC and BBC for many years. He is well known for being the host of a weekly science talk-back program on Triple J, often crashing the switchboard with the volume of calls.

The awe-inspiring symphony is based on the award-winning television series Blue Planet II. During the four years of filming for Blue Planet II, the teams embarked on 125 expeditions and filmed across every continent and ocean.

The performance will run in conjunction with Adelaide Symphony Orchestra’s Festival of Orchestra (FOFO), an Australian festival first, featuring six concerts celebrating the world’s greatest orchestral music.

Blue Planet II Live in Concert will run for one night only on December 4th at the Adelaide Showground, with tickets starting at $89 for adults and $30 for children.

VIP packages to meet Dr Karl are also available.

To find out more and book tickets to the performance, head to the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra website.

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