UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed.
In October, my husband and I went on a date night to the Majestic Theatre to hear the San Antonio Symphony play the score of Star Trek: Into Darkness while we got to watch the movie on a big screen; read more in this earlier post. Hearing the score performed live added richness and excitement to the movie experience.
The Symphony is getting ready for another film-and-music collaboration, “Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II”, on Friday, April 3 and Saturday, April 4 at 8 p.m. at the Majestic Theatre. The Symphony has offered me two tickets to use myself and four tickets to give away to my readers. To enter the giveaway for four tickets to the Friday performance, leave a comment, no later than Wednesday, April 1, sharing something about Bugs Bunny or your favorite Looney Tunes character. I will randomly choose a winner and send notice by email.
My sister and I used to watch Bugs Bunny cartoons together on Saturday mornings. This was before our family had cable TV, and long before YouTube and Netflix. Our parents also played classical music for us on LPs (45s) and cassettes, and on the radio, but the Looney Tunes versions of famous pieces of classical music are especially memorable. Here, Bugs Bunny takes on Rossini’s The Barber of Seville:
Every innovation in media makes our world a little more crowded and distracting. When I was little, adults worried that video games would cause children to stop reading. Will round-the-clock children’s television channels and on-demand video prevent the current generation of kids from experiencing now-classic Bugs Bunny cartoons? I tend to follow the advice of Dr. Aaron Delwiche, friend and Trinity University professor: don’t panic, and enjoy the ride.
The collision of Bugs Bunny and classical music is good stuff and people will want to keep watching it, even if there are many other media choices available. Each generation will re-mix these elements in its own way. So, my sister and I watched Bugs Bunny on a cathode-ray tube pulling down a signal over bunny ears (you know, an antenna), and we had no control over when the show started or stopped. My kids are more likely to watch Bugs Bunny on a tablet as streaming video from an on-demand service.
No matter how you watch, there’s still the “Aha!” moment of seeing Bugs Bunny and his friends acting silly while accompanied by beautiful music. And, our kids have easy access to tools that will allow them to make their own mashups more easily. My kids and I recently went to an open house at VentureLab and tried out easy music and film editing techniques on tablets. VentureLab teaches these tools to kids at film and musicpreneur camps; read more at Alamo City Moms Blog.
I am looking forward to an evening of laughing along with Bugs Bunny and the Looney Tunes crew while enjoying the beautiful sound of the San Antonio Symphony, all in the elegant and historic Majestic Theatre. I hope you will enter the giveaway, but you can also buy tickets online or order by phone at 800-745-3000.
Looking ahead: the San Antonio Symphony will present Star Wars and More: The Music of John Williams on Friday, May 22 and Saturday, May 23 at 8 p.m. at the Tobin Center.
To enter the giveaway for four tickets to the San Antonio Symphony’s live-to-picture presentation of Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II on Friday, April 3 at 8 p.m., please leave a comment, no later than Wednesday, April 1, sharing something about Bugs Bunny or your favorite Looney Tunes character. I will choose a winner at random and notify him or her by email. The tickets will be at will call; bring photo ID to the box office. Good luck!
Disclosure: The San Antonio Symphony gave me two tickets for my family to use at the performance, and four tickets to give away.