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December 24, 2008
What's Bugs Bunny have to do with Wagner?

Odds are if you watched cartoons as a child (and that's pretty much everyone, really), then it was probably your first intro to the world of Rossini, Beethoven and Wagner.

It's no secret that Warner Bros. cartoons, like Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd, mined classical music for its soundtracks. And On Jan. 10, the Crocker Art Museum, in partnership with the Sacramento Opera, will present a musical performance exploring how Warner Bros. cartoons introduced classical music to generations.

The performance will plumb how opera and classical music came to appear in the cartoons and how it was diffused into mainstream culture.

The cartoon masterpieces of "What's Opera, Doc?", "The Rabbit of Seville" and "Long-Haired Hare" will be shown. The program also features performances of three popular opera selections.

The free program will be given at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. at Curtis Hall in the Sierra 2 Center, located at 2791 24th Street, Sacramento. Appropriate for children ages 6-12, the program is offered in conjunction with The Art of Warner Bros. Cartoons, on view at the Crocker through Jan. 18.

For more information, contact the Crocker's Education Department at (916) 808-1963. Reservations not required.

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