Tonight's Concert Notes:

Looney Tunes Overture
Tonight's concert begins with a medley of tunes that have been prominently featured over the years in Looney Toons cartoons. Performed by orchestras and intended for children, these tunes capture the carefree spirit of youth and the playfulness of cartoons using stringed and wind instruments.



Hungarian Rhapsody #2
Used in several cartoons, this famous piece by Franz Liszt was prominently featured in "Rhapsody Rabit" in which Bugs Bunny performed the work in concert on the piano while being distracted and tormented by a mouse.



The Ride of the Valkyries

Originally released to theaters by Warner Bros. on July 6, 1957, "What's Opera, Doc?" features the speaking and singing voices of Mel Blanc and Arthur Q. Bryan as Bugs and Elmer, respectively. The short is also sometimes informally referred to as ''Kill the Wabbit'' after the line sung by Fudd to the tune of Wagner's "Ride of the Valkyries", the opening passage from Act Three of Die Walküre (which is also the leitmotif of the Valkyries).


Barber of Seville Overture
This is a Warner Bros. Looney Tunes theatrical cartoon short released in 1950. It was directed by Chuck Jones and written by Michael Maltese.

The cartoon, in a plotline reminiscent of Stage Door Cartoon, features Bugs Bunny being chased by Elmer Fudd into the stage door of the Hollywood Bowl, whereupon Bugs tricks Elmer into going onstage, and participating in a break-neck operatic production of their chase punctuated with gags and accompanied by musical arrangements by Carl Stalling, focusing on Rossini's overture to The Barber of Seville.

Stalling's arrangement is remarkable in that the overture's basic structure is kept relatively intact; some repeated passages are removed and the overall piece is conducted at a faster tempo to accommodate the cartoon's standard running length. In 1994 it was voted #12 of the 50 Greatest Cartoons of all time by members of the animation field.

Poet and Peasant Overture
Andy Panda is conducting the Hollywood Washbowl Orchestra in a Sunday afternoon concert. It's one of those afternoons when everything goes wrong. A frog gets entangled in Andy's wig, but he finally manages to extricate himself. Andy's stiff shirt front catches on a nail. Yank and jerk as he will, it won't come loose. The orchestra, following every yank and jerk, goes into a very snappy jam session. A pig, a squirrel, a flock of birds and a cat do their best to interrupt the concert, but in spite of everything, Andy manages to hold forth and keep the musicians playing. An adagio dance by two ducks is interrupted by a hungry fox who starts to chase the ducks. One of the ducks picks up a pitchfork and hurls it at the fox. It misses the fox and jabs Andy with such impact that he's hurled high into the air. Andy's wig, hooked onto his ears, forms a parachute, and he continues to lead the orchestra as he floats gently down. The cat, who has been annoyed with the whole proceedings from the very beginning, finally puts an end to the concert, but not until the orchestra has played the final bars of Franz von Suppe's "Poet and Peasant" overture. 

Suite From Video Games Live
From the dramatic concert sensation sweeping the nation, Video Games Live, comes this thrilling medley of great music. This new genre of creative composing is very much reminiscent of the great movie composers. From the opening strains of the intense theme to Halo, you know this is a crowd pleaser. It also includes Kingdom Hearts.  It's from the video games your kids know and love! Fabulous music arranged for full concert band.


I Was Born For This
The score for the video game Journey was the first ever to be nominated for a Grammy.  The composer, Austin Wintory, 
controlled the musical direction of the game based on his ideas, which were then "collaboratively messaged with Thatgamecompany." Journey was Wintory's longest stint developing music for a project, with the game's development lasting over 3 years. He felt the extended development time allowed him the freedom to place music into the game, yet sit on the ideas and receive detailed feedback from Thatgamecompany developers on the emotions they were looking for. By directly working with Thatgamecompany to implement his audio as he wrote it, and playing the game alongside Thatgamecompany staff, Wintory had access to the game's complete experience and could make fully informed adjustments.
While composing this Grammy-nominated score, Wintory taught a master class at our South Bay Music Symposium.
Our featured vocal soloist is Liana Wopschall.  She plays bassoon and cello, and is a member of the color guard for the El Segundo High School Marching Band. She also was the singer in this season's marching band field show.

Baba Yetu 
The 2005 hit Civilization IV got “Baba Yetu,” as its rousing, anthemic theme song, courtesy of composer Christopher Tin. Tin originally wrote the orchestral track for the game and included it on his 2009 release Calling All Dawns. That CD won two Grammy Awards, including one for “Baba Yetu,” making it the first theme composed for video games ever to win the recording industry’s highest honor.
The words to this song are The Lords' Prayer sung in Swahili.
After winning his Grammy, Tin taught a master class at our South Bay Music Symposium.



William Tell Overture
Popularized as the theme from the The Lone Ranger
Daffy and Porky appear on stage together at the music hall to perform Rossini's "The William Tell Overture". Much like Show Biz Bugs, Porky gets all the attention, and Daffy is ignored by the audience. But here, both characters are upstaged by someone with a bit more attachment to the William Tell Overture.
Disney also produced a cartoon based upon this piece of music. In their Mickey cartoon, the music played primarily is the William Tell Overture. Most importantly, the William Tell Overture carries the theme as presented by Mickey Mouse and Friends. In this cartoon, Mickey is the band leader, able to lead the band concert in an outdoor performance of this classical music which is heavily interrupted by Donald Duck’s play of the "Turkey in the Straw".