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.


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