- PNC Pops Series concerts celebrate Looney Tunes, projected on a high-definition big screen, with original scores played live by the DSO
Detroit, (November 16, 2018) – Later this month, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) will welcome a colorful cast of characters: Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd, Porky Pig, Wile E. Coyote, Road Runner, and many more, as Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II takes over Orchestra Hall
Conducted by George Daugherty and created by Daugherty and David Ka Lik Wong, this new program (like its predecessors Bugs Bunny on Broadway and Bugs Bunny at the Symphony I) celebrates Looney Tunes and their legendary stars projected on a high-definition big screen, with original scores played live by the DSO. Classics like What’s Opera, Doc?, The Rabbit of Seville, and Rhapsody Rabbit complement brand new Warner Bros. 3D theatrical shorts.
The concerts take place Friday, November 30 at 10:45 a.m., Saturday, December 1 at 8 p.m., and Sunday, December 2 at 3 p.m. at Orchestra Hall, within Midtown Detroit’s Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center.
In 2017, the DSO’s pops programming took on a fresh title: the PNC Pops Series, thanks to the generous support of PNC Bank. “This is a terrific series that showcases both the DSO and a wide variety of popular music, said Ric DeVore, PNC regional president for Detroit and Southeast Michigan. “That combination is sure to put a smile on the faces of everyone who attends the concerts.”
Additional support for the PNC Pops Series is provided by Masco Corporation Foundation and Greektown Casino-Hotel.
About George Daugherty
George Daugherty has conducted over 150 American and international orchestras and earned a Primetime Emmy Award, five Emmy nominations, and numerous other awards. He made his debut with the New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center in 2015 and returns in 2019, made his debut with the Boston Pops in 2016, and frequently conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic at The Hollywood Bowl, and the National Symphony Orchestra at Wolf Trap, as well as recent appearances with the Pittsburgh Symphony and Seattle Symphony, the Cleveland, Philadelphia, and Minnesota orchestras, and Hong Kong Philharmonic. He has been a frequent guest conductor with the San Francisco Symphony, and has also conducted often at Sydney Opera House, and with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, and with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra in London and on tour, including to the United States and Canada with Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer.
Daugherty has also conducted the symphony orchestras of Dallas, Houston, Baltimore, Montreal, Milwaukee, Vancouver, Toronto, Atlanta, Fort Worth, San Antonio, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Louisville, and many others, as well as Rochester Philharmonic, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, and National Arts Centre Orchestra. International credits include the Danish National, West Australia, Melbourne, and Adelaide symphony orchestras, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra; Ireland’s RTÉConcert Orchestra; Russian National Orchestra; Auckland Philharmonia; New Japan Philharmonic; and major Italian opera houses.
He has conducted for American Ballet Theatre, Bavarian Staatsoper Ballet, La Scala Ballet, and Teatro Regio di Torino, and was music director of Ballet Chicago, Chicago City Ballet, Louisville Ballet, and Ballet San Jose.
He received a Primetime Emmy as executive producer/director/writer of ABC’s production of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf. He was executive producer/ writer of the Emmy-winning PBS series Sagwa, The Chinese Siamese Cat, and received an Emmy nomination for his ABC music education series Rhythm & Jam.
Daugherty (with David Wong) created Bugs Bunny on Broadway in 1990, followed by Bugs Bunny At The Symphony (2010) and Bugs Bunny At The Symphony II (2013). The concerts have played to millions of people worldwide.
Tickets for Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II begin at $24 and can be purchased at dso.org, by calling the Box Office at (313) 576-5111, or in-person at the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center (3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit).
Groups of 10 or more can save up to 30% on the price of a single ticket for most DSO concerts. For more information, contact Group Sales Manager Jim Sabatella at (313) 576-5130 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 institution. Conductor Leonard Slatkin, who recently concluded an acclaimed decade-long tenure at the helm, now serves as the DSO’s Music Director Laureate, endowed by the Kresge Foundation. 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 Classical, PNC Pops, Paradise Jazz, and Young People’s Family Concert series. One of America’s most acoustically perfect concert halls, Orchestra Hall will celebrate its centennial in 2019-2020. In addition, the DSO presents the William Davidson Neighborhood Concert Series in seven 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.