1:30PM, Saturday, January 27, 2024
TCU Place, Sid Buckwold Theatre
35 – 22nd Street East
Saskatoon, SK S7K 0C8
7:30PM, Saturday, January 27, 2024
TCU Place, Sid Buckwold Theatre
35 – 22nd Street East
Saskatoon, SK S7K 0C8

The Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra will present two screenings of Walt Disney Animation Studio’s feature “The Lion King” with Hans Zimmer’s Oscar®-winning musical score performed live to the film. The concerts will be led by conductor Karl Hirzer on Saturday, January 27, 2024, at 1:30 and 7:30 PM at TCU Place.

The original 1994 version—features unforgettable music by an award-winning team, including Oscar® and GRAMMY®-winning superstar Elton John and Oscar® and GRAMMY®-winning lyricist Tim Rice, and score by Oscar® and GRAMMY®-winning composer Hans Zimmer, plus African vocal and choir arrangements by GRAMMY®-winning South African producer and composer Lebo M (Rhythm of the Pride Lands.)

Disney’s “The Lion King” journeys to the African savanna where a future king is born. Simba idolizes his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub’s arrival. Scar, Mufasa’s brother—and former heir to the throne—has plans of his own. 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 all-star cast includes Matthew Broderick as Simba, Moira Kelly as Nala, James Earl Jones as Mufasa, Jeremy Irons as Scar, Ernie Sabella as Pumbaa and Nathan Lane as Timon.

Disney’s The Lion King Live in Concert is presented by the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Karl Hirzer and will be performed at TCU Place on January 27, 2024 – 1:30 & 7:30 PM.  For tickets and further information, visit the TCU Place box office and saskatoonsymphony.org.

About Disney Concerts:

Disney Concerts is the concert production and licensing division of Disney Music Group, the music arm of The Walt Disney Company.  Disney Concerts produces concerts and tours, and licenses Disney music and visual content to symphony orchestras, choruses and presenters on a worldwide basis. Disney Concerts’ concert packages include a variety of formats, such as “live to picture” film concerts, and themed instrumental and vocal compilation concerts and range from instrumental-only symphonic performances to multimedia productions featuring live vocalists and choirs.  Featuring concerts from the largest movie franchises in the world – from Walt Disney Pictures, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Marvel Studios, Lucasfilm, Pixar and 20th Century Film – current titles include the Star Wars Film Concert Series, Toy Story, Aladdin, Disney Princess – The Concert, Coco, The Lion King, Up, Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas and the Muppet Christmas Carol. 

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The Program

Live in Concert

Karl Hirzer, conductor
Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra

There will be one intermission.


Directed by Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff

Produced by Don Hahn

Executive Producers Thomas Schumacher and Sarah McArthur

Screenplay by Irene Mecchi, Jonathan Roberts and Linda Woolverton

Songs by Tim Rice and Elton John

Original Score by Hans Zimmer


Voice Cast

Zazu – Rowan Atkinson
Simba – Matthew Broderick
Young Nala – Niketa Calame
Ed – Jim Cummings
Shenzi – Whoopi Goldberg
Rafiki – Robert Guillaume
Scar – Jeremy Irons
Mufasa – James Earl Jones
Nala – Moira Kelly
Timon – Nathan Lane
Sarafina – Zoe Leader
Banzai – Cheech Marin
Pumbaa – Ernie Sabella
Sarabi – Madge Sinclair
Young Simba – Jonathan Taylor Thomas

Today’s performance lasts approximately 1 hour and 48 minutes, including a 20 minute intermission.

The performance is a presentation of the film The Lion King with a live performance of the film’s score. Out of respect for the musicians and your fellow audience members, please remain seated until the conclusion of the end credits.

Original Motion Picture Soundtrack available at DisneyMusicEmporium.com

©1994 The Walt Disney Company





Presentation licensed by Disney Concerts. © All rights reserved.

This film is rated “G”.

The Artists

Karl Hirzer, conductor

The gifted young Canadian conductor Karl Hirzer can’t remember a time when he didn’t want to be a musician. ​ Karl grew up in Vancouver, BC, in a household filled…

This concert also includes:

Violin  –  Evan Friesen, Cherie Jarock, Hannah Lissel-DeCorby, Brandon Johnson, Alexa Arnyek, Kayley Grant, Richard Wang, Kimia Khavaninzade
Viola  –  Heather Wilson, Michael Hrycay
Cello  –  Terry Sturge, Jo Eggleston, Zaide Masich
Bass  –  Nevin Buehler, Emmet Fortosky, Warren Hay
Flute/ Piccolo  –  Jennifer McAllister
Clarinet/ Bass and Contrabass Clarinet  –  Alyssa Thompson
Contrabassoon  –  Jonathan Tait
Horn  –  Stacey Mortenson-Spokes, Erin McVittie, Bill Dust
Trumpet  –  Dean McNeill
Bass Trombone  –  Spencer Krips
Timpani  –  Brad Litster
Percussion  – Jacob Kryger, Will Martin, David Bindle, Mark Altman
Harp  –  Keri Zwicker
Keyboard  – Michelle Aalders, Kerry Agnew
Guitars  –  Kimbal Siebert
Electric Bass  –  Rhett Schroeder


Special Thanks

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