You Almost Missed: The VSO goes Looney Tunes with “Bugs Bunny at the Symphony”

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      Elmer Fudd “wooking for wabbits” in A Wild Hare.

      Rabbit Hood reimagining Robin Hood for the Saturday morning cartoon set.

      Daffy Duck desperately attempting to convince the world that it’s not the opening of duck hunting season, despite all evidence to the contrary.

      Bugs Bunny diving into some of the world’s most iconic operas—including Richard Wagner’s Siegfried and Gioachino Rossini’s The Barber of Seville—in What’s Opera, Doc? and Long-Haired Hare.

      All of the above Looney Tunes classics have become deeply ingrained in pop culture—a throwback to a time when Cookie Crisp and Tang were the cornerstones of a healthy breakfast, and the only way to get your weekly animation fix was to set the analogue alarm clock for 5am on Saturday morning.

      The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra takes audiences back to a simpler, and now-iconic, time this Thursday and Friday (July 13-14) at the Orpheum with Bugs Bunny at the Symphony.

      The shows will have the VSO doing live recreations of scores loved by fans of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Sylvester, Tweet, Elmer Fudd, Wile E. Coyote, and Road Runner. Attendees will see classic cartoons projected on the screen while the symphony, conducted by George Daugherty, plays.

      This instalment of Bugs Bunny and the Symphony will feature additional clips and works that haven’t been seen in the past. On that note, please let those new additions include the indescribably awesome Hyde and Go Tweet. And anything featuring the Tasmanian Devil, the one-animal wrecking crew famous for having “the temper of Yosemite Sam” and being “dumber than Elmer Fudd.”

      Bugs Bunny at the Symphony isn’t the only time this summer the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the worlds of big and little screens will collide.

      Next week the symphony will play live to screenings of Ratatouille (July 18-19) and Jurassic Park (July 21-22).

      Meanwhile, those who live to maximize their time outdoors in the summer can catch the VSO’s free Symphony in the Park show at Burnaby’s Deer Lake Park on July 15. Highlights will include selections from Cavalleria Rusticana and Carmen, as well as pop classics such as “Raiders of the Lost Ark: Raiders”, “Star Wars: Suite for Orchestra I”, and the “James Bond Theme.”

      Bugs Bunny at the Symphony

      When: July 13-14

      Where: Orpheum Theatre

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      Tickets: From $39.02 to $106.19