MINNEAPOLIS (April 28, 2014) — Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II — a spectacular fusion of classical music and classic animation that celebrates the world’s most famous and beloved cartoons, and their equally famous music—comes to Orchestra Hall May 23 and 24 in a multimedia program featuring the Grammy Award-winning Minnesota Orchestra.
Conducted by Emmy Award winner George Daugherty, and created and produced by Daugherty and Emmy Award winning producer David Ka Lik Wong, the concert is a celebration of beloved Warner Bros. Looney Tunes characters such as Bugs Bunny, Tweety and Pepe Le Pew. Favorite animated short films are shown on a large screen while the Orchestra performs the extraordinary original scores of Carl Stalling, Milt Franklyn and other composers, synchronized with the onscreen action.
The concert is performed twice at Orchestra Hall in downtown Minneapolis: on Friday, May 23, at 8 p.m., and Saturday, May 24, at 8 p.m., with ticket prices ranging from $25 to $60. Tickets are available online at minnesotaorchestra.org and by phone at (612) 371-5656. For further purchasing details, refer to the information section at the conclusion of this press release.
Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II is the second critically acclaimed 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. The first sequel, Bugs Bunny at the Symphony, was performed by the Minnesota Orchestra at Orchestra Hall in 2012 to sold-out crowds.
Retaining the most indelible moments from the original production, Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II includes Chuck Jones’ inspired “What’s Opera, Doc?” and “The Rabbit of Seville,” while adding 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 onscreen by his popular cohorts, including Elmer Fudd, Daffy Duck, Tweety, Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner, among many others.
New to the concert are special guest appearances by Tom and Jerry In The Hollywood Bowl; three of the funniest Daffy Duck epics ever made—“Show Biz Bugs,” “Duck Amuck” and “Robin Hood Daffy”; and a trio of love songs by Pepe Le Pew. In addition, two spectacular new 3D-CGI Looney Tunes — “I Tawt I Taw A Puddy Tat” and “Coyote Falls”—round out an evening that has been selling out around the world since it premiered in July 2013 at the Hollywood Bowl with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
The Bugs Bunny concert franchise appeals to one of the widest demographics of any film-and-orchestra presentation, as it continues to pull not only all ages, but new audiences into the classical music world’s most iconic concert halls, with the leading orchestras of the world.
Conductor George Daugherty is one of the classical music world’s most diverse artists. In addition to his 25-year conducting career which has included appearances with the world’s leading orchestras, ballet companies, opera houses and concert artists, Daugherty is also an Emmy Award-winning and five-time Emmy-nominated creator whose professional profile includes major credits as a director, writer and producer for television, film, innovative and unique concerts, and the live theater.
David Ka Lik Wong, executive producer of Bugs Bunny At The Symphony II, was awarded an Emmy Award for his work as producer on Peter and the Wolf in 1996. He 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.
For more information about Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II, George Daugherty, David Ka Lik Wong, composers Carl Stalling and Milt Franklyn, and Warner Bros., visit bugsbunnyatthesymphony.net.
The program is scheduled to include: The Dance of the Comedians; The Warner Bros Fanfare; Merrily We Roll Along; Baton Bunny; Show Biz Bugs; Rhapsody Rabbit; scenes from Johann Mouse, and Tom and Jerry in the Hollywood Bowl; a scene from Back Alley Oproar; Zoom and Bored; Pepe Le Pew; Le Chanteur Romantique; For Scent-Imental Reasons; A Scent of the Matterhorn; Scent-Imental Romeo; The Rabbit of Seville; I Tawt I taw A Puddy Tat, and Coyote Falls; Robin Hood Daffy, and Duck Amuck; Long-Haired Hare; What’s Opera, Doc?; Merrie Melodies “That’s All Folks”. The program is subject to change without notice.
Individual tickets and subscription packages for all 2014 concerts are available online at minnesotaorchestra.org and by phone at 612-371-5656.