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New York Philharmonic's BUGS BUNNY AT THE SYMPHONY Adds 5/14 Performance

Due to popular demand, the New York Philharmonic and Warner Bros. will present an additional performance of Bugs Bunny at the Symphony, a program celebrating classic Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons with the New York Philharmonic playing the music live while the animation is screened.

The newly added concert, on May 14, 2015, at 7:30 p.m., will feature a tribute to Looney Tunes director Chuck Jones, including a montage of his most iconic cartoons and film clips of the famed animator speaking about his history creating Looney Tunes cartoons. During the concert, the Chuck Jones family and the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity will present to the New York Philharmonic a full-size oil replica of the painting Bugs at the Piano, rendered by Mr. Jones before his passing in 2002.

As previously announced, Academy Award winner and New York Philharmonic Board Member Whoopi Goldberg will appear as a special guest on the May 15 and 16 concerts. All four concerts will be conducted by Emmy Award winner George Daugherty in his Philharmonic debut. The concerts will now take place Thursday, May 14, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, May 15, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.; and Saturday, May 16 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Bugs Bunny at the Symphony was created by George Daugherty and David Ka Lik Wong, and the New York Philharmonic's performances will celebrate the 25th anniversary of this concert's world premiere and subsequent international performances, beginning with Bugs Bunny on Broadway in 1990 at the Gershwin Theatre. The New York Philharmonic engagement also marks the concert's first return to New York City since then. The program includes, among many others, such iconic Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies as What's Opera, Doc?, with music by Milt Franklyn based on Wagner operas; A Corny Concerto, in its first live New York performance, with music by Carl W. Stalling based on J. Strauss, Jr.'s Tales of the Vienna Woods and The Blue Danube; The Rabbit of Seville, with music by Carl W. Stalling based on Rossini's Overture to The Barber of Seville; and Rhapsody Rabbit, with music by Carl W. Stalling based on Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2. These cartoons feature animation direction by Chuck Jones, Friz Freleng, Bob Clampett, William Hanna, Joseph Barbera, and others. The program will also include two new 3D-CGI cartoons from Warner Bros.: I Tawt I Taw a Puddy Tat and Coyote Falls, both directed by Matthew O'Callaghan.

Before the concerts and during intermission, costumed Looney Tunes characters will greet audience members in the Avery Fisher Hall lobby, and an animation artist from the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity will teach audience members how to draw Bugs Bunny.

Following its 1990 World Premiere at the Gershwin Theatre, also conducted by George Daugherty and created by Mr. Daugherty and Mr. Wong, the concert has toured the world continuously, playing to millions of fans, with more than 100 orchestras ranging from the Los Angeles Philharmonic to The Philadelphia Orchestra, and at iconic venues ranging from The Hollywood Bowl to the Sydney Opera House. In 2010 and 2013 Mr. Daugherty and Mr. Wong recreated Bugs Bunny on Broadway in reimagined new versions, Bugs Bunny at the Symphony.


George Daugherty has conducted more than 100 American and international orchestras and earned a Primetime Emmy Award, five Emmy nominations, and numerous other awards for his work in television and film. He has conducted the Los Angeles Philharmonic at The Hollywood Bowl, where he returns in 2015, and the National Symphony Orchestra at Wolf Trap, appearing with each orchestra more than 20 times. Recent appearances include the Pittsburgh and San Francisco Symphony Orchestras; The Cleveland, Philadelphia, and Minnesota orchestras, and the Hong Kong Philharmonic. He has been a frequent guest conductor at the Sydney Opera House and with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, with whom he also recorded, as well as at Mexico's Bellas Artes Opera House 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, dancers of The Royal Ballet, and the Westminster Choir and Bell Ringers. Mr. Daugherty has also conducted the symphony orchestras of Dallas, Houston, Seattle, Baltimore, Montreal, Milwaukee, Buffalo, Vancouver, Toronto, Atlanta, Fort Worth, San Antonio, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Louisville, Syracuse, Winnipeg, Columbus, Edmonton, North Carolina, Charlotte, Delaware, Phoenix, New Orleans, and Grant Park, as well as the Rochester Philharmonic, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, National Arts Centre Orchestra, Calgary Philharmonic, and Pacific Symphony. His international credits include the Danish National, Moscow, West Australia, Melbourne, and Adelaide symphony orchestras, as well as the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Ireland's RTE? Concert Orchestra, Russian National Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia, Orquesta Sinfonica de Venezuela, New Japan Philharmonic, and the major Italian opera houses of Rome, Florence, Torino, and Reggio Emilia. He has conducted for ballet dancers including Baryshikov and Nureyev, and performances for American Ballet Theatre, Bavarian Staatsoper Ballet, La Scala Ballet, and Teatro Regio di Torino. He has been music director of Ballet Chicago, Chicago City Ballet, Louisville Ballet, and Ballet San Jose. George Daugherty received a Primetime Emmy as executive producer of ABC's animation- and-live action production of Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf, which he also directed, wrote, and conducted, and for which he was also Emmy-nominated for Outstanding Music Direction. He was executive producer and writer of the Emmy-winning PBS/Sesame Workshop children's series Sagwa, The Chinese Siamese Cat, based on Amy Tan's book, and received an Emmy nomination for Rhythm & Jam, his ABC specials teaching the basics of music to teenagers. Mr. Daugherty created the Bugs Bunny symphonic concert legacy in 1990, which has since played to millions of people worldwide. These performances mark his New York Philharmonic debut.

Whoopi Goldberg is an Oscar, Emmy, Grammy, and Tony Award winner. She is equally well known for her humanitarian efforts on behalf of children and the homeless, in support of human rights and education, against substance abuse and AIDS, as well as efforts for other causes and charities. Among her many philanthropic activities, Ms. Goldberg is a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador. She is also a New York Times best-selling author of books for adults and children. Born and raised in New York City, she worked in theater and improvisation in San Diego and the Bay Area, where she created the characters that evolved into the eponymous hit Broadway show and Grammy Award-winning album, and the HBO special that helped launch her career, Whoopi Goldberg: Direct from Broadway. Ms. Goldberg made her motion-picture debut in Steven Spielberg's film version of Alice Walker's The Color Purple, for which she earned an Academy Award nomination and a Golden Globe Award. Her performance in Ghost earned her the Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress. On television, Ms. Goldberg appeared for five seasons on Star Trek: The Next Generation and hosted her own syndicated late-night talk show. In 2007 she was named moderator of ABC's The View. She has appeared on many television series and specials, including eight Comic Relief telecasts with Billy Crystal and Robin Williams, and has hosted both the Academy Awards and Tony Awards telecasts. She has produced and appeared in several Broadway productions and made her debut as a radio host in 2006. In addition to an Oscar, Grammy, and two Golden Globe Awards, Ms. Goldberg has been honored with multiple NAACP Image Awards, as well as various honors for her many humanitarian efforts. Whoopi Goldberg made her New York Philharmonic debut in December 2014 narrating The Night Before Christmas during Holidays with the Philharmonic.

In a career spanning more than 60 years, Chuck Jones (1912-2002) made more than 300 animated films, winning three Oscars as director and an honorary Oscar for Lifetime Achievement. During the Golden Age of animation, Jones helped bring to life many of Warner Bros.' most famous characters, including Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd, and Porky Pig. The list of characters he himself created includes Road Runner, Wile E. Coyote, Marvin the Martian, Pepe le Pew, and Michigan J. Frog. The Looney Tunes he directed for Warner Bros. - including What's Opera, Doc?, The Rabbit of Seville, One Froggy Evening, Duck Dodgers in the 24th1⁄2 Century, For Scent-imental Reasons, and more than 200 others - are considered by millions to be the most iconic and funniest animated shorts ever created. He grew up in Hollywood, where he observed the talents of Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton and worked occasionally as a child extra in Mac Sennett comedies. After graduating from the Chouinard Art Institute (now California Institute of the Arts), Jones drew pencil portraits for a dollar each on Olvera Street. His first job in the fledgling animation industry was as a cel washer for former Disney animator Ub Iwerks. In 1936 Jones was hired by Friz Freleng as an animator for the Leon Schlesinger Studio (later sold to Warner Bros.). He worked with directors Tex Avery, Bob Clampett, and Robert McKimson, as well as Freleng. After Warner Bros. closed in 1962 and a short stay at the Disney Studios, Jones moved to MGM Studios, where he created new Tom and Jerry episodes. While there, in addition to producing, writing, and directing The Phantom Tollbooth and Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas, he directed the Academy Award- winning The Dot and the Line. He established Chuck Jones Enterprises in 1962 and produced nine half-hour animated films for television, including Rudyard Kipling's Rikki Tikki Tavi, Mowgli's Brothers, and The White Seal. Jones's work has been honored at film festivals and museums throughout the world. His autobiography, Chuck Amuck, appeared in 1989, and Chuck Reducks: Drawing From the Fun Side of Life, was published in 1996. In 2000 Jones established the Chuck Jones Foundation (now the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity) to recognize, support, and inspire continued excellence in art and the art of classic character animation.

Tickets start at $45. Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling (212) 875-5656, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday; 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturday; and noon to 5:00 p.m. Sunday. Tickets may also be purchased at the Avery Fisher Hall Box Office. The Box Office opens at 10:00 a.m. Monday through Saturday, and at noon on Sunday. On performance evenings, the Box Office closes one-half hour after performance time; other evenings it closes at 6:00 p.m. To determine ticket availability, call the Philharmonic's Customer Relations Department at (212) 875-5656. [Ticket prices subject to change.]

Looney Tunes Costumed Characters provided courtesy of Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson, New Jersey. LOONEY TUNES and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. (s15).

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