December 22, 2010

Coming Soon - Bugs Bunny at the Symphony, with $10 kids’ matinee tickets!

Remember watching Bugs Bunny and friends on the Saturday morning cartoons? Well now imagine seeing these classic Looney Tunes cartoons on a big screen in the Eastman Theatre, with live music performed by the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.

You’ll have your chance to do just that, when Bugs Bunny at the Symphony comes to Kodak Hall on January 7 & 8, with two evening performances plus a special 2:00 pm Saturday orKIDStra Series matinee for families.

This sequel to Bugs Bunny on Broadway (which was here in 2007) includes Chuck Jones’ inspired What’s Opera, Doc? and The Rabbit of Seville, while adding in other Warner Bros. classics like Friz Freleng’s Rhapsody Rabbit, and the virtuoso orchestral roller coaster ride of the Road Runner epic Zoom and Bored.

Also new are special guest appearances of Tom and Jerry in the Hollywood Bowl, and other “guest stars” from the larger Warner Bros. animation family ... including The Flintstones and Scooby-Doo.

The Emmy-winning conductor and producer George Daugherty, who is also the show’s creator, will be in Rochester once again to conduct the return of our favorite “Wascally Wabbit.” Click here to read an interview with Daugherty about the show. Daugherty is no stranger to the Rochester, having made the professional guest-conducting debut of his entire career in 1979 with the RPO at the Eastman Theatre, at the age of 24.

Children’s tickets for this performance start at $10; tickets for the other two performances start at $15 and can be purchased by clicking here, or by calling the Box Office at 454-2100.

LOONEY TUNES and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and
© Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
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and elements are trademarks of and © Hanna-Barbera.
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© Turner Entertainment Co.

December 2, 2010

Hallelujah! Handel’s Glorious Messiah Returns to Kodak Hall

Next weekend, you can experience Handel's magnificent choral work telling the greatest story ever told. The "Hallelujah Chorus" so moved King George II that he sprang to his feet on hearing it, and audiences have continued to do so ever since.

Handel's Messiah "remains an absolute 'evergreen' for music lovers," says Christopher Seaman, "due to the power of the words and the extraordinary genius of Handel."

Seaman will conduct the RPO from the harpsichord with the 150-voice Rochester Oratorio Society and guest soloists Karen Clift, Krysty Swann, Ryan MacPherson, and Stephen Powell.

These will be the RPO’s first performances in the new Eastman Theatre complex. You’ll be able to walk out of the East End Garage and enter the new wing at the corner of Main and Swan Streets. Walk down the hall and you’ll find the new Eastman Theatre Box Office in the atrium, along with a new Theatre Shop. And you’ll be able to view the spectacular Chihuly chandelier!

The concerts are Thursday, December 9 at 7:30 pm and Saturday, December 11 at 8:00 pm. Eric Townell of the Oratorio Society will lead the Pre-Concert Chat one hour before each concert.

Click here to read the program notes for the concert. Use this link for more concert information.