Conducted by Erik Ochsner, favorite Looney Tunes play on the big screen as DSO performs score

DETROIT, (March 31, 2014) – This month, “Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II” will celebrate the world’s most beloved Looney Tunes and their legendary stars projected on the big screen — Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd, Pepe Le Pew, Tweety, Sylvester, Wile E. Coyote, and Road Runner — while their extraordinary original scores are played LIVE by your Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO).

Conducted by Erik Ochsner and created by George Daugherty and David Ka Lik Wong, this new concert (and its predecessors “Bugs Bunny on Broadway” and “Bugs Bunny at the Symphony I”) have delighted millions of concertgoers around the world, and spotlight acclaimed classics like “What’s Opera, Doc?,” “The Rabbit of Seville,” and “Rhapsody Rabbit,” alongside eye-popping brand new Warner Bros. 3D theatrical shorts “I Tawt I Taw A Puddy Tat” and “Coyote Falls,” plus special guest stars Tom and Jerry!

The concerts will take place on Friday April 11 at 10:45 a.m. and 8 p.m.; and Sunday April 13 at 3 p.m.

The DSO Pops series is sponsored by Greektown Casino Hotel and MASCO Corporation Foundation.


Erik Ochsner’s versatility as a conductor has stretched across a broad range of repertoire: from conducting as few as five performers in contemporary and modern works, to leading up to 300 performers in “live to projection” concerts of films like “Lord of the Rings,” “Pixar in Concert,” and “Pirates of the Caribbean.”

Erik has appeared with orchestras and ensembles in Adelaide, Albuquerque, Beijing, Indianapolis, Kaohsiung, Leipzig, Melbourne, New York, Ottawa, Reykjavik, Rochester, St. Louis, Shanghai, Stockholm, Tampere, Wellington, and at Wolf Trap. As Music Director and founder of the SONOS Chamber Orchestra, he leads concerts in not-often heard repertoire, frequently featuring Scandinavian composers. He has conducted SONOS in five world premieres, and eleven U.S. premieres. His upcoming conducting engagements include Pixar in Concert at the Krakow (Poland) Film Music Festival.

Erik is of American and Finnish descent and a graduate of Dartmouth College.

He attended the Pierre Monteux School for Conductors where he studied under Charles Bruck. He studied with the great Baroque specialist Helmut Rilling, and has been a student and assistant of Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Music Director Robert Spano.

He currently resides in New York City.


Tickets to Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II begin at $19 and may be purchased at the Max M. Fisher Music Center box office (3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit); by calling (313) 576-5111; or online at dso.org. Detroit residents may reserve a ticket for $15 each in any section, excluding the box level, within two weeks of the performance. A valid photo ID with a Detroit address is required. For group discount information (10 people or more), please contact Chuck Dyer at (313) 576-5130 or cdyer@dso.org.


Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Erik Ochsner, conductor

Fri., Apr. 11 at 10:45 a.m.

Fri., Apr. 11 at 8 p.m.

Sun., Apr. 13 at 3 p.m.

ACT I The Warner Bros. Fanfare And”Merrie Melodies Theme”"Baton Bunny” And Baton Bunny Play Off

“Show Biz Bugs”

“Rhapsody Rabbit”

“Tom And Jerry In The Hollywood Bowl”

“Pepe Le Pew, Le Chanteur Romantique”

“A Scent Of The Matterhorn” / “Tiptoe Throuth The Tulips”

“Scent-Imental Romeo” / “Baby Face”

“The Rabbit Of Seville”

ACT II “I Tawt I Taw A Puddy Tat”“Coyote Falls”

“Duck Amuck”

Warner Bros. Fanfare / Play-On And

“What’s Opera, Doc?”

Merrie Melodies “That’s All Folks”


The internationally acclaimed Detroit Symphony Orchestra, which celebrated its 125th anniversary in December 2012, is known for trailblazing performances, visionary maestros, collaborations with the world’s foremost musical artists, and an unwavering commitment to Detroit. Esteemed conductor Leonard Slatkin, called “America’s Music Director” by the Los Angeles Times, became the 12th Music Director of the DSO during the 2008-09. Acclaimed conductor, arranger, and trumpeter Jeff Tyzik serves as Principal Pops Conductor while celebrated trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard holds the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Jazz Creative Director Chair. The DSO’s performance schedule includes Classical, Pops, Jazz, Young People’s, Neighborhood concerts, and collaborations with chart-topping musicians from Smokey Robinson to Kid Rock. A commitment to broadcast innovation began in 1922 when the DSO became the first orchestra in the world to present a radio broadcast and continues today with the free Live from Orchestra Hall webcast series. Making its home at historic Orchestra Hall and the Max M. Fisher Music Center, one of America’s most acoustically perfect concert halls, the DSO actively pursues a mission to impact and serve the community through music. For more information visit dso.org or download the free DSO to Go mobile app.

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