Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II

Film with Orchestra

Conducted by George Daugherty
Created by George Daugherty
& David Ka Lik Wong

Biography

About Bugs Bunny At The Symphony II

BUGS BUNNY AT THE SYMPHONY II is a spectacular fusion of classical music and classic animation that celebrates the most famous and beloved cartoons in the world – and their equally famous music. Conducted by Emmy Award™ winner George Daugherty, and created and produced by Daugherty and Emmy Award™ winning producer David Ka Lik Wong, Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II is a celebration of the world’s favorite Warner Bros. Looney Tunes characters on-screen with live full symphony orchestra accompaniment. This production is the second critically-acclaimed sequel to Bugs Bunny on Broadway, the record-setting orchestra-and-film concert that pioneered a whole new genre of symphony orchestra entertainment when it debuted on Broadway in 1990. In 2010, this concert franchise – which has played to over 2.5 million people world wide – received standing ovations and rave reviews when a new version – Bugs Bunny at The Symphony – received it’s double world premiere at The Hollywood Bowl with The Los Angeles Philharmonic, and at The Sydney Opera House, with The Sydney Symphony. And in 2013 and 2015 came two more updated versions to celebrate this concert franchise’s 25th Anniversary . . . Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II . . . which delighted sold-out audiences everywhere, from The New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center to The Los Angeles Philharmonic at The Hollywood Bowl, and once again back to The Sydney Opera House with The Sydney Symphony. This latest incarnation celebrates this show’s 25-year-legacy of Looney Tunes and orchestral music together “in concert.” Retaining the most indelible moments from the original Bugs Bunny On Broadway production, Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II still includes Chuck Jones’ inspired What’s Opera, Doc? and The Rabbit of Seville, Friz Freleng’s classic 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, Sylvester, Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner, and many others. New to the latest concert are special guest appearances by Tom and Jerry In The Hollywood Bowl, two of the funniest Daffy Duck epics ever made – Show Biz Bugs and Robin Hood Daffy – and a trio of love songs by the world’s most scent-challenged romantic crooner, Pepe Le Pew. Also just added to the concert is the brilliant, full-length Long-Haired Hare, with its spectacular classically-infused score played by the full orchestra for the first time. And finally, two spectacular new 3D-CGI Looney Tunes – Rabid Rider and Coyote Falls – round out an evening that has been selling out venues, and receiving rave reviews and standing ovations, all over the world. This concert has one of the widest demographics of any film-and-orchestra presentation in the market place, as it continues to not only pull “all ages,” but “new audiences” into the classical music world’s most iconic concert halls, with the leading orchestras of the world. In almost a quarter century of being on the road, the Bugs Bunny concert franchise, playing in engagements with the LA Phil, The New York Philharmonic, The National Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestras, the orchestras of Houston, Dallas, St. Louis, Minnesota, Fort Worth, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Sydney, Copenhagen, Melbourne, Hong Kong, Seattle, Calgary, Vancouver, Ottawa (NACO), and dozens upon dozens of others, has proven that sometimes, boisterous laughter in the concert hall IS a very good thing!
LOONEY TUNES and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
TOM AND JERRY and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © Turner Entertainment Co.
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About George Daugherty

Conductor George Daugherty is one of the classical music world’s most diverse artists.   In addition to his 40-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.

Since 1993, he has conducted over 20 performances at The Hollywood Bowl with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Hollywood Bowl Orchestra (most recently with a concert pair in 2015), and an equal number with The National Symphony Orchestra at Wolf Trap (most recently, in 2013 with a pair.)  He made his debut with the New York Philharmonic at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center in May, 2015, in four sold-out performances.  His current and recent conducting schedule includes multiple performances with San Francisco Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony (in both Milwaukee, as well as conducting the orchestra’s Ravinia Festival debut in Chicago), Seattle Symphony, Utah Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra at both Severance Hall and the Blossom Festival, The Philadelphia Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic, as well as appearances with dozens of other orchestras in the U.S., Canada, and abroad. He has been a frequent guest conductor at the Sydney Opera House since 1996, and in 2002, 2005, 2010, and 2016, he returned to guest conduct the Sydney Symphony Orchestra at the Sydney Opera House.  In 2010, he also recorded a new CD with the orchestra live at The Sydney Opera House. In recent seasons, he also made debuts and return appearances with the Baltimore Symphony, Houston Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, Nashville Symphony, Calgary Philharmonic, Vancouver Symphony, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, West Australia Symphony Orchestra, the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, and multiple engagements with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra at both the National Concert Hall, and the new Grand Canal Theatre, both in Dublin, Ireland.  He has been a frequent guest conductor de Bellas Artes Opera House in Mexico City, where he has conducted the Orquesta del Teatro de Bellas Artes in ballet and opera productions.

In 2016, he was appointed Music Director of the iconic and critically-acclaimed Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo (“The Trocks”), with whom he will debut in March 2017 at The Kennedy Center Opera House in Washington D.C.  In 2012, he was appointed Music Director of Ballet San Jose, where he conducted nearly 50 performances per season for the company, with Symphony Silicon Valley in the orchestra pit.  This past season, he also conducted a major international gala for the company starring principal dancers from American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Boston Ballet, and other major companies.  In summer 2013, he made his debut conducting The Russian National Orchestra at the internationally acclaimed Napa Valley Festival del Sol, presiding over the reconstruction of a long-lost Fokine ballet with music by Rachmaninoff, plus an international ballet gala.

He has also been a frequent conductor of London’s Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, with whom he first made his debut in Royal Festival Hall, and most recently conducted a 15-city U.S. and Canadian concert tour with the orchestra and guest artists Dame Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Charlotte Church, dancers of the Royal Ballet, and the Westminster Choir and Bell Ringers.

Daugherty has also conducted for scores of major American and international symphony orchestras, ballet companies, and opera houses, including numerous performances with American Ballet Theatre, Munich State Opera and Ballet (Bayerische Staatsoper), Indianapolis Symphony, National Arts Centre Orchestra, New Japan Philharmonic, Atlanta Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Louisville Orchestra, Colorado Symphony, Moscow Symphony, Kremlin Palace Orchestra of the Russian Federation, Grant Park Symphony Orchestra, Des Moines Symphony, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Columbus Symphony, Melbourne Symphony, the Auckland Philharmonia, Adelaide Symphony, the RCA Symphony Orchestra, Sadlers Wells Royal Ballet, Mexico City’s Bellas Artes Opera House, Montreal Symphony, Winnipeg Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, San Antonio Symphony, Syracuse Symphony, Memphis Symphony, Long Beach Symphony, Omaha Symphony, Pacific Symphony, Edmonton Symphony, North Carolina Symphony, Charlotte Symphony, Delaware Symphony, Virginia Symphony, Saskatoon Symphony, Tucson Symphony, Colorado Springs Philharmonic, New Orleans Symphony, Venezuela Symphony, Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Seoul Prime Philharmonic, and major Italian opera houses in Rome, Florence, Turin, and Regio Emilia.

During the course of his career, he has also conducted for an extensive and eclectic list of international concert artists, including violinists Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Cho-Liang Lin,  Zachary De Pue, Rachel Lee, Kyung-wha Chung, Eugene Fodor; international opera artists Roberta Peters, Rosalind Elias, Julia Migenes, Jennifer Holloway, Rhys Meirion, Kristin Clayton, Bojan Knezevic, and Grace Bumbry; singers including Dame Julie Andrews, Etta James, Rosemary Clooney, Charlotte Church; and ensembles ranging from The Harvard Glee Club to The Westminster Choir to the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.

As a ballet conductor, Daugherty has conducted for the greatest ballet stars in the world over the past four decades.  Prior to his Music Director appointments to Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo and Ballet San Jose, he been on the conducting staffs of American Ballet Theatre, the Bavarian State Opera Ballet (Bayerische Staatsoper), and Teatro Regio di Torino Ballet. He has been music director of The Louisville Ballet, Ballet Chicago, Chicago City Ballet, and Eglevsky Ballet, and he has guest conducted for scores of international companies, including La Scala Ballet,  Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet, and at major ballet galas at Mexico’s Cervantino Festival. He has conducted for dozens of the worlds greatest dancers, including Mikhail Baryshnikov, Rudolf Nureyev, Natalia Makarova, Gelsey Kirkland, Suzanne Farrell, Alicia Alonso, Carla Fracci, Cynthia Gregory, Marcia Haydee, Patricia McBride, Cynthia Harvey, Merrill Ashley, Jose Manuel Carreno, Julie Kent, Gillian Murphy, Marcelo Gomes, Maria Kochetkova, Megan Fairchild, Daniel Ulbricht, Joaquin De Luz, Gonzalo Garcia, Ana Sophia Scheller, Ask le Cour, Stella Abrera, Sasha Radetzky, Amanda McKerrow, Marianna Tcherkassky, Patrick Bissell, Lis Jeppesen, Peter Schaufuss, Merle Park, Susan Jaffe, Kyra Nichols, Eva Evdokemova, Patricia Ruanne, Kevin MacKenzie, Richard Cragun, Johan Renvall, Wes Chapman, Galina Panova, Anthony Dowell, Patrick Dupond, Valentina Kozlova, Leonid Kozlov, Sean Lavery, Adam Luders, Ib Andersen, Frank Andersen, Robert Hill, Li Cunxin, David Wall, John Meehan, Eleanor D’Antuono, Yoko Morishita, Ann Marie De Angelo, Gregory Huffman, Danilo Radojevic, Jean Charles Gil, Patrice Bart, Vladimir Gelvan, Jorge Donn, Alexander Godunov, Isaac Hernandez, Yuan Yuan Tan, Frances Chung, Jaime Garcia Castilla, Guennadi Nedvigin, Damian Smith, Joan Boada, Carlos Quenedit, Taras Domitro, Nelson Madrigal, Lorna Fejioo, Rebecca Krohn,  Adiarys Almeida, Joseph Gatti, and many others.

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 as producer, as well as numerous other major awards (including an additional Emmy nomination as conductor and music director.)  He also collaborated with The Joy Luck Club author Amy Tan on a television series adaptation of her celebrated children’s book Sagwa, The Chinese Siamese Cat.  The Emmy Award-winning 80-episode series debuted on PBS in the fall of 2001 as a daily-animated children’s television series.  Daugherty executive produced, and also wrote a large number of the animated tales.

Daugherty also received an Emmy nomination for Rhythm & Jam, his ABC television network specials which taught the basics of music to a teenage audience, which he created and produced with David Ka Lik Wong.

Daugherty recently received the biannual Indiana Governor’s Arts Award from the state of his birth, in recognition for his artistic contributions not only in Indiana, but also throughout the rest of the country.   In receiving the award, Daugherty joined an exclusive list of previous Hoosier honorees, including composers Cole Porter and Hoagy Carmichael, conductors Raymond Lepard and John Nelson, cellist Janos Starker, violinists Joshua Bell and Josef Gingold, architect Michael Graves, designer Bill Blass, and novelist Kurt Vonnegut Jr.  In 2005, he was also named a Sagamore of The Wabash by the late Indiana Governor Frank O’Bannon, the highest award which can be bestowed upon a performing artist from the state governor.

In 2005, Daugherty was also named a Library Laureate of The San Francisco Public Library for his contributions to children’s books, reading, and literature, joining a distinguished list of authors who have been awarded the title.

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 and sold-out houses all over the world. The Bugs Bunny symphonic concert tradition continued when Daugherty and producing partner David Ka 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 current version of the concert, Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II, also created by Daugherty and Wong, premiered in 2013 with world premieres at the Hollywood Bowl/Los Angeles Philharmonic, Houston Symphony, and National Symphony at Wolf Trap.  Daugherty is also the executive producer, conductor, and creator of the touring concerts Rodgers & Hammerstein on Stage and Screen, and Meredith Willson’s THE MUSIC MAN at the Symphony.

Daugherty has lived in San Francisco for the past 17 years.

About David Ka Lik Wong

Bugs Bunny At The Symphony Executive Producer 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 teamed with George Daugherty as principal producer for the Peter and the Wolf project, the animation and live-action production starring Kirstie Alley, Lloyd Bridges, Sleepless in Seattle’s Ross Malinger, and the new animated characters of legendary animation director Chuck Jones.  He also produced the interactive CD-ROM version of the production for Time Warner Interactive.

 He was also the senior Producer for the Warner Bros. documentary film The Magical World of Chuck Jones, directed by George Daugherty and starring interviews by Steven Spielberg, Whoopi Goldberg, George Lucas, and Ron Howard, among many others.

He has been Producer for the Warner Bros. touring concert production Bugs Bunny On Broadway since 1991, and Bugs Bunny at the Symphony since 2010, as they have toured the world, and he co-produced the original audio CD album for Warner Bros. Records.  Mr. Wong has also produced innovative symphony orchestra concerts for some of the world’s leading orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center, the National Symphony, The Hong Hong Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic, the Sydney Opera House, the San Francisco Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Wales Millennium Centre, Sinfonia Britannia, and many others.  Most recently, he produced critically acclaimed Christmas concerts for Canada’s National Arts Centre, and the National Arts Centre Orchestra.  He is also Executive Producer and the co-creator of the touring concert Rodgers & Hammerstein on Stage and Screen.

Mr. Wong has teamed with George Daugherty, Amy Tan, and the legendary Sesame Workshop to produce and create the new Emmy Award winning PBS / Sesame Workshop children’s television series Sagwa, The Chinese Siamese Cat, based on the book by Ms. Tan, which premiered on PBS in the fall of 2001, and has since been one of the most highly rated children’s television series on all broadcast networks. Mr. Wong also wrote a number of episodes for the series and story-edited all 80 segments.

Mr. Wong is also the producer of the new WaterTower Music CD release of Bugs Bunny At The Symphony, recorded at the Sydney Opera House with The Sydney Symphony. In addition to his Emmy Awards and nominations, he has won numerous other awards during his career, including the Grand Award of both the Houston and Chicago International Film Festivals, a Silver Award of the Chicago Film Festival, two Parents’ Choice Awards, and the Kids First Award

Mr. Wong was born in Hong Kong, and moved to San Francisco with his family at the age of 12.  He still calls San Francisco home.

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Reviews

“What Saturday morning in Heaven must be like!”

Dallas Morning News

“Los Angeles residents are often left wondering why we live here. And then you take your kids to Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II at the Hollywood Bowl featuring the Los Angeles Philharmonic, created and conducted by George Daugherty, and you realize, ‘Oh, yes, this is why we live in Los Angeles!’ This program is wonderfully conceived. The fusion of live orchestra and cartoons, which are beamed onto the Bowl’s big screens, is simply seamless. There are few things that can trump video games such as ‘NBA 2K13’ in the lives of my older middle-school-age boys, but Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II can.”

Los Angeles Times

More Reviews

“For a generation of Americans, the earliest love of classical music came not through shared family symphony experiences or early childhood music appreciation classes, but through mayhem-laced TV cartoons, often involving a bunny in drag. Walt Disney may have taken the high road to classical music interpretation through some early Silly Symphony cartoons and ‘Fantasia’ (which in its first run was a flop). But it was Warner Bros., and particularly the animators behind Bugs Bunny, who may have been the most successful in drumming key classical passages into the heads of audiences when the studio’s theatrical cartoons of the 1940s and ’50s were incessantly replayed on TV in the ’60s. Even today, the most serious gray-haired music lover, sitting in the world’s most august concert halls, may be listening to the timeless refrains of Rossini or Wagner only to have the phrase ‘Kill the Wabbit!’ come to mind. Conductor George Daugherty has embraced this meld of classical knowledge and pop-culture conditioning and celebrates it in his Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II. Based on his original Bugs Bunny On Broadway dating back to 1990 (which was a huge success), this latest sequel is truly something for everybody to celebrate.”

The Washington Post 

“Bugs Bunny is back, and he brought along some friends. The rascally rabbit has been cutting a swath through concert halls since 1990, when orchestras uncovered “Bugs Bunny On Broadway,” a box-office concert hit that teamed live symphonic accompaniment with big screen cartoon antics. Now with Bugs Bunny At The Symphony II, some other members of the Looney Tunes stable have gotten in on the act. When the Houston Symphony brought the latest version of the show to The Woodlands on Tuesday, Daffy Duck and Pepe Le Pew also shared the spotlight for the first time. And in a pair of new cartoons, 21st-century computer imagery brought even more beloved characters to life in 3-D. As showcased in this ingenious concert, all of these cartoons transcend culture, they transcend language, they transcend everything. The humor is universal. And so is the music!”

The Houston Chronicle 

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