Thursday, 10 February 2011 12:28
Warner Bros. Presents Bugs Bunny at the Symphony
The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra aptly celebrates the Year of the Rabbit by welcoming the most famous of them all to the Francis Winspear Centre for Music. Bugs Bunny at the Symphony, conducted and created by Emmy Award™ winner George Daugherty, is a celebration of the world's favourite Looney Tunes characters on-screen with live accompaniment of extraordinary Wagner, Rossini, Strauss, and Tchaikovsky-inspired scores by your ESO.
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 in 1990. The new version of the concert celebrates this 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. New are special guest appearances of Tom and Jerry In The Hollywood Bowl, and spectacular musical montages starring The Flintstones, Scooby-Doo, and other stars from the world of Hanna-Barbera.
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.
Ticket prices for these special ESO performances range from $20 - $35 for children and $28 - $71 for adults (agency fees apply). Call the Winspear Centre Box Office at (780) 428-1414, toll-free 1-800-563-5081, or purchase online