February, 2012The San Antonio Symphony will celebrate the most famous animation in the world – and it’s equally famous music – when Bugs Bunny at the Symphony comes to the beautiful and historic Majestic Theatre on Friday, March 9 & Saturday, March 10 at 8pm and a special matinee performance on Saturday, March 10 at 2pm. Conducted and created by Emmy Award™ winner George Daugherty, Bugs Bunny at the Symphony is a celebration of the world's favourite Warner Bros. Looney Tunes characters on-screen with live full symphony orchestra accompaniment. The music was composed by legendary Hollywood composers Carl Stalling and Milt Franklyn, as inspired by the extraordinary classics of Wagner, Rossini, Strauss, Tchaikovsky, Offenbach, Liszt, and many others.
Bugs Bunny at the Symphony, is the eagerly-anticipated sequel to Bugs Bunny on Broadway, the record-setting orchestra-and-film concert that pioneered a new genre of symphony orchestra entertainment when it debuted on Broadway in 1990. This new version of the concert celebrates the 20-year-legacy of Looney Tunes and orchestral music together “in concert”.
Retaining the most indelible moments from the original production, Bugs Bunny at the Symphony includes Chuck Jones’ inspired What’s Opera, Doc? and The Rabbit of Seville, while adding in other Warner Bros. classics like Friz Freleng’s Rhapsody Rabbit, and the virtuoso orchestral roller coaster ride of the Road Runner epic, Zoom and Bored. Bugs Bunny is joined on-screen by his immensely popular cohorts, including Elmer Fudd, Daffy Duck, Tweety, Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner, Pepe Le Pew, and many others. New to the concert are special guest appearances by Tom and Jerry In The Hollywood Bowl, and spectacular musical montages starring The Flintstones, Scooby-Doo, and other stars from the world of Warner Bros. and Hanna-Barbera.
The new concert had its world premiere in May of 2010, at The Sydney Opera House, with Daugherty conducting the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. A live-performance CD was recorded during the run, and is now available from WaterTower Music. A second world premiere took place in July of 2010 at The Hollywood Bowl, with Daugherty conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic. The two Hollywood Bowl performances sold out to a total audience of over 35,000 people in two nights.
As the composers and orchestrators behind the Looney Tunes, Carl Stalling and Milt Franklyn expertly composed scores that borrowed from classical music icons, as well as the popular songs of the day. They created some of the best-loved, and most adventurous, American symphonic compositions of the last century, while introducing classical music to new generations through their sharp but loving re-enactments of Rossini's The Barber of Seville and, amazingly, Wagner’s entire Ring Cycle.
“Their Looney Tunes film scores are not only unforgettable and irresistible to audiences of all ages, but were composed with such skill and expertise that they are also irresistible to the most discerning symphony orchestra musicians in the world. There are very, very few composers in our musical world who cross all those boundaries so brilliantly,” says Daugherty.
Bugs Bunny at the Symphony is a production of Warner Bros. Consumer Products, and is created and produced by Daugherty and Emmy Award™ winner David Ka Lik Wong, and their award-winning IFX Productions. The concert is exclusively represented worldwide by IMG Artists.
LOONEY TUNES and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
THE FLINTSTONES, SCOOBY-DOO and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © Hanna-Barbera.
TOM AND JERRY and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © Turner Entertainment Co
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About George Daugherty
Daugherty is a frequent guest conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Cleveland Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, The Sydney Opera House, American Ballet Theatre, The Danish National Symphony Orchestra, the Munich State Opera, many other major ballet and opera companies, and has conducted virtually every major American and Canadian symphony orchestra, as well as a long list of international ensembles. He has become well-respected for his unique and innovative symphony orchestra concerts and productions. Additionally, he has received five Emmy™ nominations as a producer, director and music director, and he won a Primetime Emmy™ for his ABC Network production of “Peter and The Wolf”. That production, along with Daugherty’s other television projects (including “Rhythm & Jam” and the Emmy-winning PBS series “Sagwa, The Chinese Siamese Cat”) received a total of 11 Emmy™ nominations and numerous other major awards.
About David Ka Lik Wong
David Ka Lik Wong was awarded with a coveted Emmy™ Award for his work as producer on Peter and the Wolf in 1996, and was also nominated for an Emmy™ in 1994 for his work as producer of Rhythm & Jam, the ABC series of Saturday morning music education specials for children. He was producer and technical director for the entire 20 year run of Bugs Bunny On Broadway. Mr. Wong co-created the new version of the concert, Bugs Bunny At The Symphony, which he also produces, and for which we also was one of the producers of the CD recorded live at The Sydney Opera House. Mr. Wong was executive producer, writer, and story editor for the Emmy™ Award Winning “Sagwa, The Chinese Siamese Cat,” and has worked with countless major American and International symphony orchestras on a large variety of concert projects
About Warner Bros. Consumer Products
Warner Bros. Consumer Products, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, is one of the leading licensing and retail merchandising organizations in the world.
About IMG Artists
IMG Artists is the global leader in the arts management business which combines the highest standards of management with an incomparable roster of performing artists, ranging from superstars Renee Fleming, Itzhak Perlman and Joshua Bell, to The Bolshoi Ballet, to the top symphony orchestras in the world, including The Cleveland Orchestra, The London Philharmonic, and The Royal Philharmonic. With offices in New York, Los Angeles, London, Paris, Hanover, Lucca and Singapore, IMG Artists delivers an international suite of capabilities including the management and touring of the finest musicians, dance companies, orchestras, and attractions, as well as consulting and advisory work for sovereign clients, arts institutions, concert halls, and culturally engaged corporations. With an unparalleled degree of artistic and managerial talent, IMG Artists is committed to breaking new ground in the ever-evolving performing arts world.
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