The BBC’s Planet Earth documentary will get a special soundtrack courtesy of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra when it premiers at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre on July 16.

Filmed in high definition and the most expensive nature documentary ever commissioned by the BBC, Planet Earth is described by the filmmakers as “the definitive look at the diversity of our planet.” The ASO conducted by George Fenton will perform a special score to accompany the screening.

Before the event, the ASO will host “Top of The Lawn” conversations where attendees can hear and learn more about the concert. Fenton will discuss nuances of the score and audience members can send questions to the conductor via text-messages.

Local, sustainable vendors will provide food and there will also be eco-friendly organizations hosting giveaways and providing information in the East and West plazas at Encore Park. The show begins at 8:30 p.m. and tickets are $27 to $59 at Visit for more information.

WIN TICKETS: We’re giving away a family four-pack of tickets to this special event with the ASO! To enter, simply find our Facebook fan page and upload a nature photo you or a member of your family has taken and give us some information – what it is, where it was taken, etc! We’ll pick our favorite on July 2!

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.