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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Blue Planet Live! @ Utah Symphony (SLC: Dec 30)

Contact: Kevin Bentz, (801) 869-9006

December 14, 2010

The Utah Symphony Presents The BBC/ discovery production of The blue planet live!

The performances will feature the Utah Symphony with video from the BBC/Discovery series: The Blue Planet

SALT LAKE CITY – A unique show; a theatrical presentation of the most remarkable film sequences from the celebrated BBC/Discovery television series The Blue Planet. These sequences have been specially edited and are shown on giant screens, with the full Utah Symphony orchestra performing the music from the series, written by George Fenton. There are different emotional moments to appeal to a broad family audience, some funny, some spooky, and much of it highly emotional.

The evening will be narrated by Senator Orrin Hatch who will introduce the audience to the footage, giving them the amazing statistics and facts about what they are seeing as well as a behind the scenes account of what it was like to do the filming. There has never been such an elaborate or theatrical presentation of Natural History.

Whilst being entertaining it is eventually about a message. By witnessing the wonders of the oceans we can better understand how to protect them. It is a message that reaches adults and children alike. The response in London was so positive that The Blue Planet Live! is now on a world tour.

Abravanel Hall | Thursday, December 30, 2010 8:00 pm


The Blue Planet Live!

David Cho, Conductor
Senator Orrin Hatch, Narrator

FENTON Our Planet Is a Blue Planet
FENTON Dolphins
FENTON/KERSHAW Grey Whale/Deep Ocean
FENTON The Sardine Run
FENTON The Coast
FENTON Feeding Frenzy
FENTON Life in the Flow
FENTON Emperors
FENTON Killer Whales

Program Credits
Created by George Fenton
Orchestrations: Geoffrey Alexander
Technical Director: Chris Szuberla
Sound Supervisor: Scott Bauer

Tickets for the evening’s performances start at $30 and can be purchased by calling (801) 355-ARTS (2787), in person at the Abravanel Hall box office, or by visiting www.usuo.org. Subscribers and those desiring group or student discounts should call (801) 533-NOTE (6683). Ticket prices will increase $5 day of performance. $15 student tickets may be available on the day of show if seats are available.

Press photos available at http://www.utahsymphony.org/media.php. (Username: usuoimages, password: media).

About George Fenton

George Fenton began writing music for the theatre in 1974 and has worked extensively for The Royal Shakespeare Company, The National Theatre and Riverside Studios. Scores include Good, Mother Courage, Racing Demon, and most recently, Othello (Stratford 1999).

Since 1983, he has devoted much of his time to feature films and now divides his work between London and Hollywood. Film credits include: 84 Charing Cross Road, White Mischief, The Dressmaker, High Spirits, A Handful of Dust, The Company of Wolves, Memphis Belle, White Palace, The Long Walk Home, Final Analysis, Accidental Hero, Groundhog Day, Shadowlands, Ladybird Ladybird, Mixed Nuts, The Madness of King George, Land and Freedom, Heaven's Prisoners, Mary Reilly, The Crucible, Carla's Song, In Love and War, My Name is Joe, Ever After, Living Out Loud, You've Got Mail. Most recent scores include Anna and the King, Sweet Sixteen and Sweet Home Alabama and to be released later this year, Christopher Hampton's Imagining Argentina.

His film scores have been nominated for five Oscars: Ghandi, Dangerous Liaisons, Cry Freedom (Best Song and Best Score) and The Fisher King and three Golden Globes: Cry Freedom, and Anna and The King (Best Song and Best Score).

He has received BAFTA and Ivor Novello awards and nominations for work on television plays and features, such as Going Gently, Walter, Bergerac, Shoestring, The Jewel in the Crown, The History Man, The Monocled Mutineer, The Trials of Life, Life in the Freezer, Beyond the Clouds and Shanghai Vice. TV work also includes scores for several plays by Alan Bennett, such as An Englishman Abroad, Me, I’m Afraid of Virginia Woolf and 102 Boulevard Haussmann, Talking Heads Series 1 & 2 and Telling Tales. Last year he won both BAFTA and Ivor Novello awards and an Emmy for ‘Best Original Television Music’, for his score to the BBC’s Natural History series, The Blue Planet.

Besides writing music to picture he as composed Five Parts of the Dance for Graham Ashton, Birthday, a children’s opera and, in collaboration with Alan Bennett, Hymn, commissioned by Harrogate International Festival to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Medici String Quartet.

He lectures at Liverpool University, the Royal College of Music and at Nottingham University where he holds a Special Professorship.


Kevin Bentz
Vice President of Marketing & Public Relations

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