Lions and Tigers with live orchestra

When an iconic film combines with the incredible sound of a live 70-piece professional orchestra, it’s a cinematic perfect match.

You can feel this love (tonight) at Auckland Philharmonia’s upcoming events, The Lion King Live in Concert on 30 and 31 August and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Live in Concert on 3 October. Both these films have outstanding award-winning music scores, so watching these feature-length movies, with the Auckland Phil performing the soundtrack live alongside, is sure to be a moving movie experience.

Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, relive the magic of Disney’s animated classic The Lion King as the Auckland Philharmonia performs the beloved Oscar®-winning score by Hans Zimmer and Oscar®-winning songs by Elton John and Tim Rice, live to film. Sing, dance, laugh or cry along with friends or whānau as you watch this well-loved movie with a live orchestra accompaniment.

A familiar tale to many of us, Disney’s The Lion King journeys to the African savanna where a future king is born. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub Simba’s arrival. The battle for Pride Rock is ravaged with betrayal, tragedy and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba’s exile. With help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba will have to figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his.

The Lion King Live in Concert
7.30pm, Friday 30 August & 2.30pm, Saturday 31 August
Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre, Aotea Centre

Film is rated G for general audiences
Then, in October, experience one of cinema’s most exciting martial arts spectacles and enduring love stories, Ang Lee’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, together with composer Tan Dun’s Oscar®-winning score performed live by the Auckland Philharmonia. This popular and groundbreaking film was named as one of the 10 best movies of the millennium by Time Magazine.

Set against the breathtaking landscapes of ancient China, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon tells the story of the legendary master warrior Li Mu Bai (Chow Yun-Fat) and his secret love Yu Shu Lien (Michelle Yeoh), with whom he has entrusted the safekeeping of the mythic sword known as the Green Destiny.

These events are a great opportunity to see well-loved films and the Auckland Phil come together for the ultimate movie experience. Get your paws on tickets from

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Live in Concert
7.30pm, Thursday 3 October
Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre, Aotea Centre

Film will have the original Mandarin dialogue, with English subtitles. Film is rated M: Suitable for mature audiences 16 and over. Low level violence.

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