TSO Goes Looney

The Tulsa Symphony Orchestra (TSO) is going ‘Looney’ in April with “Bugs Bunny on Broadway,” the critically-acclaimed concert which showcases classic Warner Bros. Studios cartoons projected on the big screen while their original film scores are performed live by TSO’s 70-piece symphony orchestra. Emmy Award-winning conductor George Daugherty will lead TSO as they take Tulsa Performing Arts Center’s Chapman Music Hall’s stage on April 28 at 7:30 p.m. and April 29 at 1 p.m.

This unique concert will feature musical masterpieces of Wagner, Rossini, Strauss, Tchaikovsky and others as interpreted through the ‘hare-raising’ cartoon scores of legendary Warner Bros. Studios composers Carl Stalling and Milt Franklyn in such beloved Looney Tunes as “What’s Opera, Doc?,” “The Rabbit of Seville,” “Corny Concerto,” “Baton Bunny,” “Long-Haired Hare,” “High Note” and many more.

Since its sold-out, extended Broadway debut at the Gershwin Theatre in 1990, more than a million and a half people have seen this concert in performance. Prior venues include the Hollywood Bowl with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, four sold-out weeks at the Sydney Opera House and record-setting performances with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, the Royal Philharmonic at London’s Royal Festival Hall and a historic sold out week at Moscow’s iconic Kremlin Palace.

“I have always loved Bugs Bunny,” TSO President and CEO Frank Letcher says. “What an exciting opportunity to showcase a perfect combination of classic cartoons and live symphonic music. Bringing George Daugherty and his spectacular creation is TSO’s gift to Tulsa. Our hope is these performances will reveal the universality of classical music for generations to come.”

Daugherty has conducted this unusual combination of cartoons and classics throughout the world. His 25-year conducting career has also included appearances with some of the world’s leading orchestras, ballet companies, opera houses and concert artists. Daugherty is also an Emmy Award-winning creator whose professional profile includes major credits as director, writer and producer for television, film, innovative and unique concerts and theater.

Daugherty is a frequent guest conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Houston Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, London’s Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra and the Sydney Opera House. He is also music director of London’s Sinfonia Britannia.

Since its creation, “Bugs Bunny on Broadway” has delighted audiences on every continent of the world. Bugs, Elmer, Daffy, The Road Runner, Wile E. Coyote and Porky Pig now make their TSO premiere.

For tickets call (918) 596-7111 or visit www.myticketoffice.com. Ticket prices begin at $25.

Updated 03-26-2007

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