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Thursday, November 27, 2008

Bugs Bunny on Broadway is coming

Whats Up, Doc?!

Bugs Bunny is coming to town next month!

Vancouver BC The Wascally Wabbit is back! The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and Global ComedyFest are proud to present Bugs Bunny on Broadway a unique and extraordinary concert experience that celebrates the worlds favourite classic Looney Tunes cartoons and their real classical scores. A great holiday gift, Bugs Bunny on Broadway is a fun family experience and a hilarious trip down nostalgia lane!

The large video screen show cartoon jewels like Whats Opera, Doc?, The Rabbit of Seville, Long Haired Hare and a Corny Concerto while the Orchestra plays the classical soundtracks on stage. This roller coaster ride of a concert has sold-out the worlds greatest concert halls from The Hollywood Bowl to the Sydney Opera House (and in the past, the Orpheum and Queen Elizabeth Theatre!) and created an enthusiastically-devoted international audience of animation fans and classical music lovers alike.

Bugs conductor and co-creator George Daugherty takes the podium with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra for this extra-special concert event. During the show, Daugherty explains how the genius of Chuck Jones and Warner Bros. took real classical and operatic scores, such as Rossinis Barber of Seville and Wagners Ring Cycle, and set not only Bugs Bunny cartoons to this great classical music, but many others as well. Its an eye-opening experience for audiences to learn that as they were growing up watching the hilarious antics of Bugs and friends, they were also listening to classical music!

Bugs Bunny on Broadway is a uniquely spirited, fun, and sophisticated combination of classic animation and spectacular symphonic music. George Daugherty and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra will perform three concerts from December 28th to December 29th at the Orpheum Theatre.

Tickets for Bugs Bunny on Broadway are going fast the matinee performance is nearly sold out, but good seats remain for the two evening performances. Tickets are available exclusively through the VSO website at, and VSO Customer Service at 604.876.3434.

TM & Warner Bros. Entertainment




Bugs Bunny on Broadway

Sunday, December 28, 2pm & 7:30pm, Orpheum Theatre

Monday, December 29, 7:30pm, Orpheum Theatre

George Daugherty, conductor

Tickets: $32 to $38 (Senior, Student and Subscriber Discounts Available)

Please note: Tickets for Bugs Bunny on Broadway go on-sale Wednesday, October 1 at 10:00am

Presentation Partner:

Destination Funny Entertainment Inc.


George Daugherty

Conductor George Daugherty is one of the classical music world's most diverse artists. In addition to his 30-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.

Daugherty's 2006-07-08 conducting schedule includes return performance with The Cleveland Orchestra (at both Severance Hall and The Blossom Festival), The Los Angeles Philharmonic at The Hollywood Bowl, The Philadelphia Orchestra, The San Francisco Symphony, The National Symphony at Wolf Trap and The Fort Worth Philharmonic.

Daugherty debuted with The Cleveland Orchestra in 2004 and has since conducted the orchestra in numerous concerts at The Blossom Festival, and made his Severance Hall debut with the orchestra in 2007. His Cleveland Orchestra repertoire has included Tchaikovsky Suite No. 3, numerous major works by Wagner, compositions by Rossini, Mozart, and Strauss, as well as his signature concert "Bugs Bunny On Broadway." He has also conducted The Blossom Festival Orchestra, where he returns again in 2008. He created the film-and-orchestra concert "Rodgers & Hammerstein On Stage and Screen" for The Blossom Festival in 2007 (which broke attendance records in its two performances) and in 2008, he premieres another new concert, Blossom Night At The Movies Celebrating The 85th Anniversary of Warner Bros.

He is Music Director and Conductor of London's Sinfonia Britannia, which made its world premiere at Easter 2005 during a one week engagement at the newly-opened Wales Millennium Centre. The orchestra made its U.S. tour debut in San Francisco in February 2006, and made its London West End debut in September 2006.

Mr. Daugherty has also been a frequent conductor of London's Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra with whom he conducted "A Royal Christmas," a 15 city U.S. and Canadian concert tour with the orchestra and guest artists Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Charlotte Church, The Westminster Choir and Bell Ringers, and ballet dancers from The Royal Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, Kyev Ballet, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, and other major international companies. The tour played sold-out performances in such major North American cities as Boston, Toronto, Pittsburgh, Ottawa, and the New York City area.

Daugherty made his debut with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra in London's Royal Festival Hall in 1999, and has also since conducted the orchestra on tour throughout The United Kingdom. His performances with the RPCO have received rave reviews from such diverse international publications as The Times of London, The Boston Globe, and The Ottawa Citizen.

As a frequent guest conductor of The Los Angeles Philharmonic, Daugherty has conducted eleven engagements with the Philharmonic at the legendary Hollywood Bowl, and returns for a 12th in 2008. He also made his Dorothy Chandler Pavilion debut with the orchestra in December, 1994. He has also conducted four performances with The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra.

Daugherty, a San Francisco resident, has also been a popular guest conductor with The San Francisco Symphony since his debut with the orchestra in 1998, performing with the SFS frequently in Davies Symphony Hall, as well as numerous performances around the Bay Area. He also returns to the SFS in summer 2008.

In 2000, Daugherty also made a highly successful conducting debut with The Philadelphia Orchestra, and returned again to conduct the orchestra in 2001, 2002, 2004, and 2006, conducting such repertoire as Mendelssohn's "Midsummer Night's Dream" with Shakespeare's text, as well as major works by Wagner, Rossini, Elgar, Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky, Mozart, Mascagni, Humperdinck, and other composers.

He has been a frequent quest conductor at The Sydney Opera House since 1996, and in 2002 and 2005, he returned to guest conduct The Sydney Symphony for one week engagements at the Sydney Opera House. He also made his debut with The Melbourne Symphony in Melbourne's Victoria Arts Centre in 2002, and returned for a one week engagement in 2005, followed by debuts with The Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and The Auckland Philharmonic. His international conducting appearances have ranged from Moscow's Kremlin Palace to Shanghai's Grand Theatre.

Daugherty has appeared with numerous other major American and international symphony orchestras, ballet companies, and opera houses, including American Ballet Theatre, The Sydney Opera House Orchestra, The Munich State Opera Orchestra, The Munich State Opera Ballet, The Pittsburgh Symphony, The Atlanta Symphony, The Cincinnati Symphony, The Houston Symphony, The Fort Worth Symphony, The Vancouver Symphony, The Buffalo Philharmonic, The Louisville Orchestra, The Indianapolis Symphony, The Phoenix Symphony, The Moscow Symphony, Seiji Ozawa's New Japan Philharmonic, The Shanghai Radio Orchestra, The Seoul Philharmonic, The Kremlin Palace Orchestra of The Russian Federation, The Kiev Ballet, The Nashville Symphony, The Grant Park Symphony Orchestra, The Columbus Symphony, The RCA Symphony Orchestra, The Saddlers Wells Royal Ballet, Mexico City's Bellas Artes Opera House, The Montreal Symphony, The Winnipeg Symphony, The Rochester Philharmonic, The New Orleans Symphony, The Venezuela Symphony, Mexico's Xalapa Symphony, The Oklahoma City Philharmonic, The National Arts Centre Orchestra, and major Italian opera houses in Rome, Florence, Turin, and Regio Emilia.

Mr. Daugherty made the professional guest conducting debut of his entire career in November 1979, at the age of 22, with The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra in The Eastman Theatre.

In addition to his appearances with American Ballet Theatre and other major ballet companies, he has also served as Music Director of The Louisville Ballet, The Chicago City Ballet, and Ballet Chicago, where he conducted the world premiere of Daniel Duell's "Glazunov Violin Concerto" ballet, performed by violinist Cho Liang Lin. Daugherty has also conducted for some of the ballet world's greatest stars, including Mikhail Baryshnikov, Gelsey Kirkland, Suzanne Farrell, Natalia Makarova, and virtually every top ballet dancer of the past two decades.

As a director, writer, and producer of music-based television programs, Daugherty has created several major productions for the ABC Television Network project, including a primetime animation-and-live action production of Sergei Prokofiev's "Peter and The Wolf", which he created, co-wrote, and directed (and for which he conducted the score with The Utah Symphony.) "Peter and The Wolf" starred Lloyd Bridges, Kirstie Alley, and Sleepless in Seattle's Ross Malinger (as Peter), along with new characters created by legendary Warner Bros. animation director Chuck Jones. The production -- and Daugherty -- earned a coveted Emmy Award when "Peter and The Wolf" was named Outstanding Primetime Children's Television Program. He also received a second Emmy nomination for Outstanding Music Direction for the production, as well as a Writers Guild of America / WGA Award nomination.

He collaborated with The Joy Luck Club author Amy Tan on a television adaptation of her celebrated children's book The Chinese Siamese Cat. The Emmy Award-winning series debuted on PBS in the fall of 2001 as a daily-animated children's television series, propelled by PBS' unprecedented advance order for 80 segments. Daugherty executive produced, and wrote a large number of the animated tales.

Daugherty also received an Emmy nomination for Rhythm & Jam, his ABC television network of specials which taught the basics of music to a teenage audience. He has now received five Emmy nominations to date, and his productions have won three additional Emmys and been nominated for 11 others.

Daugherty also directed the 1991 Warner Bros. documentary The Magical World of Chuck Jones, celebrating the career of the legendary animation director on his 80th birthday, and featuring interviews from a stellar group of artists whose work had been influenced by Jones' legendary comedic creations, including Whoopi Goldberg, Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard, George Lucas, Matt Groening, Danny Elfman, Joe Dante, and many others.

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 in thirteen different Los Angeles engagements, as well as at Washington D.C.'s Wolf Trap, Philadelphia Orchestra's Mann Music Center, Detroit's Meadowbrook, Cleveland Orchestra's Blossom Festival, The New York Philharmonic's Saratoga Center for The Performing Arts, Pittsburgh Symphony's Heinz Hall, and in Vancouver, Denver, Detroit, Chicago, San Diego, Orange County, and elsewhere. "Bugs Bunny On Broadway" embarked on a worldwide concert tour in 1996 with an international (and sold-out) one week engagement at the famed Sydney Opera House in Australia, and subsequent international performances in London, Wales, Central and South America, Russia, Japan, China, and Korea.

Daugherty recently received the biannual Indiana Governor's Arts Award from the state of his birth, in recognition for his artistic contributions not only in Indiana, but also throughout the rest of the country. In receiving the award, Daugherty joined an exclusive list of previous Hoosier honorees, including composers Cole Porter and Hoagy Carmichael, conductors Raymond Lepard and John Nelson, cellist Janos Starker, violinists Joshua Bell and Josef Gingold, architect Michael Graves, designer Bill Blass, and novelist Kurt Vonnegut Jr. In 2005, he was also named a Sagamore of The Wabash by the late Indiana Governor Frank O'Bannon, the highest award which can be bestowed upon a performing artist from the state governor.

In 2005, Daugherty was also named a Library Laureate of The San Francisco Public Library for his contributions to children's books, reading, and literature, joining a distinguished list of authors who have been awarded the title.

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