In May of this year, the Sydney Opera House was home to a very special, toon-related event: the live recording, and world premiere, of Bugs Bunny At The Symphony. The recording celebrates the 20th anniversary of 1990’s Bugs Bunny On Broadway, and will happily be collected in a 15-track audio CD collection, available… today! Just days after the formal unveiling of The New Looney Tunes at Comic Con 2010, we get a reminder of the brilliance involved in not only the animation, but the music behind it. Take a look at the track listing and full write up
In 1990, Bugs Bunny On Broadway, conducted and created by George Daugherty, took the symphony orchestra world by storm, and pioneered the brand new concept of live orchestra and big screen concerts.
Since its legendary premiere at The Gershwin Theatre, the original concert has circumnavigated the globe several times over, playing to millions of people worldwide in iconic venues ranging from the Hollywood Bowl to London’s Royal Festival Hall, Moscow’s Kremlin Palace and the Sydney Opera House, and with the world s greatest orchestras, from the Los Angeles Philharmonic to the Sydney Symphony, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, and The Philadelphia Orchestra, just to name but a few of many.
Now, to celebrate this 20-year legacy of Loony Tunes and orchestral music in concert comes a new sequel, Bugs Bunny At The Symphony, also conducted and created by Daugherty.
This new version retains the most indelible moments from the original production, including Chuck Jones inspired What’s Opera, Doc? and The Rabbit of Seville, while adding in other Warner Bros. classics like Friz Freleng’s Rhapsody Rabbit, and the virtuoso orchestral roller coaster of the Road Runner epic Zoom and Bored. Plus a special guest appearance of Tom and Jerry In The Hollywood Bowl, and other guest stars from the larger Warner Bros. animation family. As with the original, the stars are not only Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd, Porky Pig, Daffy Duck, and the rest of the Looney Tunes gang, but even more importantly, the masterful genius of composers Carl Stalling and Milt Franklyn.
As the composers behind the Looney Tunes, Stalling and Franklyn expertly composed scores that borrowed from classical music icons, as well as the popular songs of the day. They created some of the best-loved and most adventurous — American symphonic compositions of the 20th century, while at the same time introducing classical music to new generations through their sharp but loving reenactments of Rossini’s The Barber of Seville (as “The Rabbit of Seville”) and, amazingly, Wagner’s entire Ring Cycle (condensed from four nights down to seven minutes in “What’s Opera, Doc?”).
1. Dance Of The Comedians From ”The Bartered Bride”
2. The Warner Bros. Fanfare/Merrie Melodies Theme
3. Baton Bunny
4. Rhapsody Rabbit
5. I Love To Singa Medley
6. Zoom And Bored
7. The Rabbit Of Seville
8. Overture To ”The Beautiful Galatea”
9. Tom And Jerry In The Hollywood Bowl
10. Scooby-Doo’s Hall Of The Mountain King
11. Bedrock Ballet
12. A Corney Concerto
13. Excerpt From ”Long-Haired Hare”
14. What’s Opera, Doc?
15. Merrie Melodies Theme/That’s All Folks!