‘Bugs Bunny at the Symphony’ is coming to Los Angeles this summer
You know the classic “Looney Tunes” fanfare, but have you ever heard an orchestra play it live? You’ll get your chance when “Bugs Bunny at the Symphony” performs at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on July 30, 2023.
Conductor George Daugherty will lead musicians playing live soundtracks to “Looney Tunes” cartoons as the short films are projected on a large screen for audiences to enjoy.
The event is part of the Warner Bros. 100th anniversary celebration, during which the studio is “celebrating every story” all year long. Elsewhere as part of the birthday festivities, a 99-city tour performs music from the entire Warner Bros. movie library by candlelight.
The “Bugs Bunny at the Symphony” Cartoon Lineup:
“Bugs Bunny at the Symphony” will feature 16 classic shorts, including but not limited to:
- What’s Opera, Doc?
- The Rabbit of Seville
- Baton Bunny
- Long-Haired Hare
- Corny Concerto
The concert will also screen five new cartoons:
- Rabid Rider
- Coyote Falls
- Fur of Flying
- Dynamite Dance
- Wet Cement
A Hollywood Homecoming
Daugherty conceived the idea along with David Ka Lik Wong as “Bugs Bunny On Broadway” in 1990. The idea soon expanded into “Bugs Bunny at the Symphony” and toured globally. In its first 32 years, the concert has performed for two million people, including 300,000 during its various engagements in Los Angeles. Its most recent show in the city was eight years ago.
“When we were all growing up and watching ‘Looney Tunes’ on Saturday morning, we didn’t realize we also getting a massive lesson in classical music,” Daugherty said. “’Bugs Bunny at the Symphony’ is the perfect opportunity to bring today’s kids to the symphony orchestra and appreciate the beauty of classical music while getting a hilarious twist from Bugs Bunny and his cohorts. More importantly, it’s a chance for adults of all ages to rekindle their affection for these brilliant animated shorts, and relive a truly nostalgic and magical part of their childhoods.”
“Bugs Bunny at the Symphony” Tickets
Tickets for the July 30, 2023, show in Los Angeles can be purchased here starting March 17, 2023. Prices start at $49.50. The show will be 130 minutes with a 20-minute intermission.