RPO presents Looney Tunes classics

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The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra will perform “Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II” Friday and Saturday at 8:00 p.m. at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre in Rochester.

The show’s creator and conductor George Daugherty discussed its popularity Thursday on News 8 at Noon.

“All of us of a certain age, and I’m way more of a certain age than you are, grew up on the living room floor on Saturday mornings, on the shag carpet in our footie pajamas eating cereal with way too much gluten and sugar, watching these great Looney Tunes on television – What’s Opera, Doc?, The Rabbit of Seville, Corny Concerto, Rhapsody Rabbit,” Daugherty told Mark Gruba.  “What we didn’t know when we were five, six years old is that not only were we watching this brilliant animation, we were hearing phenomenal classical music at the same time.”

During the show, classic Looney Tunes cartoons are projected above the orchestra, which is playing along to the action on the screen.  Daugherty said it appeals to children and adults alike.  “Bugs Bunny and the Looney Tunes are cartoons that grow with you,” he observed.  “When we’re little, we see them one way.  They’re just funny.  There’s the Roadrunner and the Coyote, there’s all of the slap stick stuff, and then when you grow up you see the tremendous subtleties and wise cracks of these directors like Chuck Jones, Tex Avery and Bob Clampett put into them.  Musicians loved these cartoons when they were kids, so no one has a bad time either on the stage or off the stage during this concert.”

“Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II” has been played for audiences in some of the most famous theatres around the world in cities like Sydney, Paris and Vienna.

For more information and tickets, visit the Eastman Theatre box office, or click here.


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