PITTSBURGH – Join Bugs Bunny, “that rascally rabbit,” and his famous friends for an evening of your favorite Looney Tunes cartoons, combined with their original scores played live by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, on April 10-13.
Conducted and created by Emmy Award-winner George Daugherty, this concert is a fun fusion of classical music and classic animation, celebrating the most famous and beloved cartoons in the world, and their equally famous scores! “Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II” features your favorite Warner Bros. Looney Tunes characters — inclu
ding Elmer Fudd, Daffy Duck, Tweety, Wile E. Coyote, Road Runner, Pepe Le Pew and many others — on-screen in their most memorable moments, all with live orchestral accompaniment. There will also be special on-screen guest appearances by Tom and Jerry, as well as two spectacular new Looney Tunes 3D theatrical shorts. The concert showcases the most beloved and iconic cartoon shorts in animation history, including “What’s Opera, Doc?,” “The Rabbit of Seville,” “Baton Bunny,” “Rhapsody Rabbit,” “Zoom and Bored,” “Duck Amuck” and many others, as well as their original scores by Carl Stalling and Milt Franklyn.
Performances are 7:30 p.m. on Thursday; 8 p.m. on Friday; 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Saturday; and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets, ranging in price from $15 to $99, can be purchased by calling the Heinz Hall box office at 412-392-4900 or visiting pittsburghsymphony.org.
The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra would like to recognize and thank PNC for its 2013-2014 title sponsorship of PNC Pops. Fairmont Pittsburgh is the official hotel of the Pittsburgh Symphony.
Conductor George Daugherty is one of the classical music world’s most diverse artists. In addition to his 30-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/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. His current and recent conducting schedule includes multiple performances with The Cleveland Orchestra at both Severance Hall and the Blossom Festival, his 20th return engagement with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, his seventh engagement with the Philadelphia Orchestra, his 20th return to the National Symphony and Wolf Trap, and his 15th engagement with the San Francisco Symphony, as well as return appearances with dozens of other major orchestras in the United States and abroad. As a guest conductor of The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, he has conducted that ensemble in London at Royal Festival Hall and on tour throughout the U.K., and also conducted an 18-city U.S. and Canadian tour with the RPO starring Dame Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer and The Royal Ballet. As a director, writer and producer of music-based television programs, Daugherty has created several major productions for the ABC Television Network project, including a primetime animation-and-live action production of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, which he created, co-wrote, conducted and directed, and for which he won a Prime Time Emmy Award. In 1990, Daugherty created, directed and conducted the hit Broadway musical “Bugs Bunny On Broadway,” a live-orchestra-and-film stage production which sold-out its extended run at New York’s Gershwin Theatre on Broadway, and has since played to critical acclaim all over the world. The Bugs Bunny symphonic concert tradition continued when Daugherty and producing partner David Lik Wong launched a new version, “Bugs Bunny at the Symphony,” in 2010, with double world premieres at the Sydney Opera House with the Sydney Symphony and the Hollywood Bowl with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. The newest version of the concert, “Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II,” had its World Premiere in 2013 at The Hollywood Bowl, once again with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Daugherty is also the executive producer, conductor and creator of the touring concert “Rodgers & Hammerstein on Stage and Screen.”
Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts is owned and operated by Pittsburgh Symphony, Inc., a non-profit organization, and is the year-round home of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. The cornerstone of Pittsburgh’s Cultural District, Heinz Hall hosts many events that do not feature its world-renowned Orchestra including Broadway shows, comedians, speakers and much more. For a full calendar of upcoming non-symphony events at the hall, visit heinzhall.org.
Editors Please Note:
Apr. 10, 7:30 p.m.
Apr. 11, 8:00 p.m.
Apr. 12, 2:30 p.m. & 8:00 p.m.
Apr. 13, 2:30 p.m.
PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
PNC POPS: BUGS BUNNY AT THE SYMPHONY II
GEORGE DAUGHERTY, conductor