RELEASE: Emmy Award-Winning Conductor George Daugherty Brings Bugs Bunny to the Holland Center
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30th anniversary edition of this audience favorite, Bugs Bunny at the Symphony, returns to Omaha
Omaha Symphony to perform original Looney Tunes scores to film features
Audiences will see favorite Looney Tunes characters including Daffy Duck, Porky Pig and more
OMAHA, Neb., Feb. 19, 2022 — The Omaha Symphony presents Bugs Bunny at the Symphony: 30th Anniversary! under the baton of co-creator and Emmy Award-winning conductor George Daugherty. The program includes film projections of the most iconic classical music moments of the long-beloved Looney Tunes series, such as “What’s Opera Doc,” “A Corny Concerto,” “Rhapsody Rabbit” and “The Rabbit of Seville. Created by Daugherty and David Ka Lik Wong, the 30th anniversary edition of this special concert returns to the Holland Performing Arts Center featuring old favorites and brand-new moments for returning audience members.
Bugs Bunny at the Symphony: 30th Anniversary! is presented at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Mar. 5 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Mar. 6 at the Holland Performing Arts Center. Tickets are on sale now at omahasymphony.org.
7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 5
2 p.m. Sunday, March 6
Holland Center Peter Kiewit Concert Hall
George Daugherty, conductor
About George Daugherty
Conductor George Daugherty is one of the classical music world's most diverse artists. In addition to his 40-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.
Since 1993, he has conducted over 20 performances at The Hollywood Bowl with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, and an equal number with The National Symphony Orchestra at Wolf Trap. He made his debut with the New York Philharmonic at David Geffen Hall (then Avery Fisher Hall) at Lincoln Center in May 2015 in four sold-out performances and returned in May 2019 for three more sold-out performances. He has had a long relationship with the legendary Philadelphia Orchestra, conducting both film concerts and classical repertoire. His current and recent conducting schedule includes multiple performances with National Arts Centre Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony, Seattle Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, Utah Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony, Seattle Symphony and Hong Kong Philharmonic.
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 all over the world. The Bugs Bunny symphonic concert tradition continued when Daugherty and producing partner David Ka Lik Wong launched a new version, Bugs Bunny at The Symphony, in 2010, with double World Premieres at the Sydney Opera House with the Sydney Symphony, and the Hollywood Bowl with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. The next version of the concert, Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II, also created by Daugherty and Wong, premiered in 2013 with world premieres at the Hollywood Bowl with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and National Symphony at Wolf Trap. The current concert, marking the 30th Anniversary of this concert franchise, premiered in autumn 2019 with Erie Philharmonic, Seattle Symphony Orchestra, and Boston Pops.
Tickets for Bugs Bunny at the Symphony start at $20. Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.omahasymphony.org, through the Ticket Omaha app, or by calling Ticket Omaha at 402.345.0606. Performance dates are subject to change. In the event of performance changes or cancellations, the Omaha Symphony will email ticket holders to inform them of new dates and ticketing options. Patrons with questions may email email@example.com. The Omaha Symphony also regularly posts performance updates at omahasymphony.org, along with the Omaha Symphony’s Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages. Patrons can sign up for the latest updates at omahasymphony.org.
Public Health Information
The safety of our patrons, musicians, staff, and community is the Omaha Symphony’s priority. The Omaha Symphony continues to work closely with the Douglas County Department of Health and our partners at Omaha Performing Arts and UNMC to ensure the safety of all involved in the Omaha Symphony’s return to live performances. All patrons will be required to complete a health screening questionnaire prior to accessing their mobile tickets via the Ticket Omaha app. Masks are required at indoor Omaha Symphony performances. The following changes have been implemented within the venue:
- Enhanced Cleaning & Sanitation - Electrostatic technology disinfecting large common areas, enhanced sanitizing of high touch surfaces with hospital grade disinfectant and hand sanitizing stations throughout the venue.
- Heating and Cooling System – Upgrades to air handling units includes bipolar ionization filtering out viruses through ventilation.
- Staff and Patron Precautions – Staff, volunteers and patrons are required to wear face coverings regardless of vaccination status.
- Touchless Experience – Tickets are accessible via the Ticket Omaha app. Tickets can also be printed at Will Call by request. Program notes will be delivered digitally.
Find the most up to date public health information at omahasymphony.org/public-health.
This performance is sponsored by Immanuel Communities and the University of Nebraska Medical Center.
The Omaha Symphony is a non-profit organization that presents more than 100 live orchestral performances from September through June. In addition to Masterworks, Symphony Pops, Symphony Rocks, Movies, Symphony Joslyn, and Family series concerts, the Omaha Symphony’s nationally recognized education and community engagement programs touch the lives of more than 40,000 people each year. For tickets or information regarding the Omaha Symphony, call 402-345-0606 or visit omahasymphony.org. Programs, artists, dates, times, prices, and availability are subject to change.
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