San Antonio Symphony will accompany Bugs Bunny at the Majestic Theatre

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.

San Antonio Symphony at the Majestic Theatre | San Antonio Charter Moms

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.

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  1. Bugs Bunny was my introduction to great opera. Dramatic! Of course Bugs is my favorite opera singer.

  2. My aunt, uncle and I always joke around each other and one of our favorite things to do is dog pile each other and sing Dog Pile On The Rabbit Dog Pile On The Rabbit. We got it from a Bugs Bunny cartoon when a bunch of guys all pile on Bugs while singing that phrase and then at the top we see Bugs singing along. I’m 30 and we’ve been doing that to each other for as long as I can remember.

  3. Bugs Bunny is still one of my favorite cartoons. I also grew up with Saturday morning cartoons. The barber of Seville is one of my favorites. This sounds like it would be a fun outing.

  4. The Barber of Seville is one of my favorite bugs Bunny cartoons. This sounds like it would be a fun outing.

  5. I love that big fuzzy guy who says, “I will love him and kiss him and I will call him, George.” I can’t remember his name!

  6. Looney Tunes was my childhood. Every Saturday morning my sister and I were glued to the tv. It was our time. My parents had their soaps and dramas to watch and my older brother and sister had music videos but not on Saturday morning. My sister and I were sneaking around with Elmer Fudd during Wabbit Season and running with the roadrunner from the coyote. Bugs was special though. He was every smart aleck / clever thing we wanted to be. To this day I imagine he is why we are so sarcastic!!

  7. This is a true cartoon Classic !! Will Love to enjoy it with my kids , Thanks

  8. I love bugs bunny! I remember waking up super early to watch looney toons, such good memories. And hey, my birthday is april 7th. Would be an awesome early birthday present!

  9. My husband always tells me about Bugs Bunny cartoons. I don’t really remember them much from my childhood. They were my husband’s favorite when he was young. I would love to take him to this and experience a bit of his childhood with him. Thank you!

  10. What’s up, Doc? Love Bugs Bunny and all the classic cartoons! Would love to share this experience with my family 🙂 Thanks!

  11. This s@unds wonderful. We have never seen the symphony and my daughter would love this!!!

  12. My daughter who is 4 loves Bugs Bunny and loves music.

  13. One of my favorite memories is watching a bugs bunny marathon with cousins at a family reunion. We were surprised how different he looked over the years and the older family members laughed as they remembered all the changes.

  14. The wonderful thing about all the Looney Tunes characters is that their appeal spans generations. I watched them with my grandparents and now my kids love to watch them as well!

  15. I love looney tunes. I would watch it all the time on saturday mornings. My kids would love this!!

  16. i love bugs bunny! Looney Tunes in general but Bugs Bunny is and always will be the heart of that show. I would love to take my daughter to the show.

  17. I love how bugs bunny was always so clever and able to outsmart everyone!

  18. I love the silly symphonies! I have fond memories of going to the NcNay Art Museum with my father and brother to a “meet the orchestra” family event where they showed the silly symphonies. To this day when I hear the Barber of Seville, I replay the Bugs Bunny scenes in my mind. I may even sing “kill the Rabbit” under my breath. 🙂 My favorite looney tunes character would probably be Tom from Tom and Jerry. Specifically the episode where the teenager babysitter is so busy yapping on the telephone she doesn’t see all the adventures of her infant charge. Tom is left to run after the baby and mind him in all of his shenanigans. Poor Tom!

  19. That wascally wabbit was such a big part of my childhood. I learned so much from Bugs. My first introduction to classical music, opera, sarcasm, and to make left toins at Albuquerque. I would love to take my family to this.

  20. This looks like fun!
    As kids, we never knew learning about the arts could be so entertaining!

  21. I remember watching Looney Tunes on Saturday mornings, my favorites were actually with Wylie Coyote and that clever roadrunner. Thanks to technology, my kids watch them now at any time with the help of DVR. We enjoy watching them together 🙂

  22. Wile E. Coyote is my personal favorite. His NEVER GIVE UP attitude is what draws me to this character. No matter how many times he blows himself up or runs off a cliff, he’s back the next day with a new plan or idea. Persistence is an attribute we must all have when trying to obtain our goals. Even though he never catches The Road Runner, I love him for ALWAYS trying.

  23. I loved Foghorn Leghorn’s accent as a kid and all his hilarious southern sayings.

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