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What's Opera, Doc? Bugs goes to the Symphony

As if anything could possibly be more erudite and high brow than Elmer Fudd or the full-frontal loins of a stuttering Porky Pig, the San Francisco Symphony will soon supersize them and synchronize them with the high-falutin' tunefulness of violins and flutes, timpani and bassoon.

Next Friday, the Symphony hosts “Bugs Bunny On Broadway," a combo symphony orchestra concert and big screen cartoon festival featuring the beloved Warner Brothers cartoon critters and those that want to shoot them, smoosh them or eat them.

Putting the tunefulness in Looney Tunes, Carl Stalling composed the original scores for Bugs and his ilk. Stalling’s Wagner/Rossini/Strauss-inspired scores provided a rich symphonic sound which was just the ticket to accompany the cartoony shenanigans of the pistol packing Yosemite Sam, the Tasmanian Devil, Foghorn Leghorn and let us not forget the boingy, boomy, anvil-on-the- head and beep-beeping ruckus of Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote. "Bugs Bunny On Broadway" first cannon-blasted to fame with a wildly popular Broadway run in 1990. The July 18 show is part of a new 20th Anniversary Special Edition tour which will mash up some newer toons with the classics from yesteryear.

Included in the program are the orchestral masterpieces The Rabbit of Seville, Baton Bunny, Long-Haired Hare and Corny Concerto. Looney Toon-ophiles who arrive one hour early will be treated to pre-concert entertainment in the lobby, specialty drinks, and desserts.