Thursday, September 22, 2011

In The News-George Daugherty

Indiana Native Elevates Looney Tunes to “High-Brow” Status 

George Daugherty, Indiana native and award-winning conductor, recently appeared with the Costa Mesa Orchestra in Irvine, California, for a performance of “Bugs Bunny at the Symphony.” The show is Mr. Daugherty’s sequel to his groundbreaking “Bugs Bunny on Broadway,” a film-and-orchestra-performance which has played to audiences around the world for more than two decades.

The revamped show, which made its debut in 2010, played to an audience at the Irvine Verizon Wireless Amphitheater. In attendance were Chuck Jones’ widow and daughter. Writer, director, and animator Chuck Jones frequented symphony performances at the amphitheater prior to his death in 2002 and actually appeared on the Irvine stage with Mr. Daugherty during the 1991 tour of “Bugs Bunny on Broadway.” He also illustrated the 1994 book Chuck Jones' Peter and Wolf, written by George Daugherty and Janis Diamond and based on Daugherty's show.

For generations of children, Warner Bros. cartoons were their first exposure to the world of classical music. Daugherty’s unique shows continue to expand on that Looney Tunes’ tradition, bringing Bugs and the Warner Bros. gang to the big screen, accompanied by music from professional symphony orchestras throughout the world.  

You can read more about the Irvine show in an article at the Daily Pilot newspaper’s website:

“Classically Trained: Symphony Takes on Some ‘Looney Tunes’ ” by Bradley Zint, August 4, 2011,

Or visit the “Bugs Bunny at the Symphony” site to discover tour dates and performance details, here.

Written by Bridget Hanley, Proficient Pen
Copyright 2011 Terence E. Hanley

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