For most of us, our first concert involved a rock band or maybe a hip-hop act. But the initial gig witnessed by my son, Nick, was more unusual: Bugs Bunny on Broadway, which returns to town tonight. And it could hardly have been a better experience.
During the early '90s, circa the production's first tour, Nick was a preschooler with a typically short attention span but the show provided plenty to fill his senses. The entire Colorado Symphony Orchestra was on hand, performing great material by Carl Stalling, whose witty adaptations of works by Wagner, Liszt and more still constitute the lion's share of my classical-music education. In the meantime, original Looney Tunes shorts flickered on a giant overhead screen. The result was kid stuff my child and I enjoyed equally.
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Bugs on Broadway begins at 7:30 p.m. at Boettcher Concert Hall in the Denver Performing Arts Complex, with two additional performances tomorrow. Tickets are $15 to $69.50; get details at 303-623-7876 or www.coloradosymphony.org.
Fri., Jan. 4, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., Jan. 5, 2:30 & 7:30 p.m., 2008