George Daugherty conducts DSO in Bugs Bunny at the Symphony: 30th Anniversary Edition, October 22-24



- Audience-favorite program returns in sparkling new edition celebrating 30th anniversary of critically acclaimed concert created by George Daugherty and David Ka Lik Wong 

- Beloved Looney Tunes characters projected on screen with original scores played live by the DSO

- Tickets on sale now at

Detroit, (October 15, 2021) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) presents three performances of Bugs Bunny at the Symphony: 30th Anniversary Edition, with conductor George Daugherty returning to lead this critically acclaimed concert created by Daugherty and David Ka Lik Wong. The program will include iconic animation from over a dozen classic Warner Bros. Looney Tunes, including “What’s Opera, Doc?”, “Baton Bunny,” “High Note,” “Long-Haired Hare,” and “The Rabbit of Seville,” plus five newly-produced animated shorts from Warner Bros. Animation, including "Dynamite Dance" and the 3D "Fur of Flying." The beloved Looney Tunes characters and cartoons will be projected on the big screen with their original scores played live by the DSO, with many new program additions since the last Detroit performances of this concert.

The concerts will take place Friday, October 22 at 8 p.m., Saturday, October 23 at 8 p.m., and Sunday, October 24 at 3 p.m. at Orchestra Hall.

Tickets for these performances start at $19 and can be purchased at or by calling the Box Office at 313.576.5111, open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please note the Box Office is currently processing a large backlog of requests due to a technical issue and staffing shortage. The DSO appreciates its patrons’ patience as we work to process all requests.

To protect the health and well-being of its patrons, musicians, and staff due to the ongoing pandemic, the DSO has implemented new safety policies including mask and COVID-19 vaccine or test requirements and contactless e-ticketing. Visit for more information.

The title sponsor of the DSO’s PNC Pops Series is PNC Bank. 

LOONEY TUNES and all related characters and elements are trademarks of © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. (s21).



PNC Pops Series

Friday, October 22 at 8 p.m.

Saturday, October 23 at 8 p.m.

Sunday, October 24 at 3 p.m.

Orchestra Hall

George Daugherty, conductor

"Bugs Bunny at the Symphony" returns to the DSO, in a sparkling new edition celebrating the 30th Anniversary of this critically acclaimed concert created by George Daugherty and David Ka Lik Wong.


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, and an equal number with The National Symphony Orchestra at Wolf Trap. He made his debut with the New York Philharmonic at David Geffen Hall (then Avery Fisher Hall) at Lincoln Center in May 2015 in four sold-out performances and returned in May 2019 for three more sold-out performances. He has had a long relationship with the legendary Philadelphia Orchestra, conducting both film concerts and classical repertoire. His current and recent conducting schedule includes multiple performances with National Arts Centre Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony, Seattle Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, Utah Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony, Seattle Symphony, and Hong Kong Philharmonic. He has been a frequent guest conductor at the Sydney Opera House and in 2016 returned to guest conduct a recording with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. He has been a frequent guest conductor at the Bellas Artes Opera House in Mexico City, where he has conducted the Orquesta del Teatro de Bellas Artes in ballet and opera productions. He has also been a frequent conductor of London’s Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, with whom he recently conducted a 15-city 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 other major American and international symphony orchestras, ballet companies, and opera houses.

As a director, writer, and producer of music-based television programs, Daugherty has created several Emmy Award-winning major productions including a primetime animation and live action production of Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf and a television series adaptation of author Amy Tan’s celebrated children’s book Sagwa, The Chinese Siamese Cat.

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 next 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 and National Symphony at Wolf Trap. The current concert, marking the 30th Anniversary of this concert franchise, premiered in autumn 2019 with Erie Philharmonic, Seattle Symphony Orchestra, and Boston Pops. 

About the DSO

The most accessible orchestra on the planet, the acclaimed Detroit Symphony Orchestra is known for trailblazing performances, collaborations with the world’s foremost musical artists, and a deep connection to its city. As a community-supported orchestra, generous giving by individuals and institutions at all levels drives the continued success and growth of the organization. In January 2020, Italian conductor Jader Bignamini was named the DSO’s next music director to commence with the 2020-2021 season. Celebrated conductor, arranger, and trumpeter Jeff Tyzik is the orchestra’s Principal Pops Conductor, while the outstanding trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard holds the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Jazz Creative Director Chair. Making its home at historic Orchestra Hall within the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center, the DSO offers a performance schedule that features PVS Classical, PNC Pops, Paradise Jazz, and Young People’s Family Concert series. One of the world’s most acoustically perfect concert halls, Orchestra Hall celebrated its centennial in 2019-2020. In addition, the DSO presents the William Davidson Neighborhood Concert Series in eight metro area venues, as well as a robust schedule of eclectic multi-genre performances in its mid-size venue The Cube, constructed and curated with support from Peter D. & Julie F. Cummings. A dedication to broadcast innovation began in 1922, when the DSO became the first orchestra in the world to present a radio broadcast and continues today with the free Live from Orchestra Hall webcast series, which also reaches tens of thousands of children with the Classroom Edition expansion. With growing attendance and unwavering philanthropic support from the people of Detroit, the DSO actively pursues a mission to embrace and inspire individuals, families, and communities through unsurpassed musical experiences.