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Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor
Jeff Taylor, Larry the Dwarf
Michael Des Barres, Rance
Matt Marks, Mark
Zach Villa, Howard
Rich Fulcher, Cowboy Burt
Hila Plitmann, Soprano Solo
Morris Robinson, Bass Solo
Joel David Moore, Frank
Joe Fria, Jeff
Ann Cusack, Donovan/Good Conscience
Alan Ruck, Ginger/Bad Conscience
Diva Zappa, Janet
Sheila Vand, Lucy
Los Angeles Master Chorale, Grant Gershon, music director
James Darrah, director
Emily Anne MacDonald, scenic and properties designer
Cameron Jaye Mock, scenic and lighting designer
Chrisi Karvonides-Dushenko, costume designer
Adeline Newmann, video designer
Vanessa Dionne, wig designer
John Garofalo, associate lighting designer
Alexis Pletcher, assistant scenic designer
Rebecca Guzzi, assistant costume designer
Margery Simkin, casting
Ian Underwood, keyboard 1/electric alto sax
Randy Kerber, keyboard 2/Hammond organ
Joe Travers, drum set
Scott Carter Thunes, electric bass
Jamie Kime, electric guitar
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Zappa: 200 Motels (world premiere)
About This Performance
In May 1970 at UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion, Zubin Mehta led the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention in the world premiere of Zappa’s Concerto for Mothers and Orchestra. Zappa incorporated some of that music into the score for his surrealistic band-on-the-road film 200 Motels, released the following year, as was a soundtrack double album featuring the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and narrator Theodore Bikel, as well as the Mothers. Zappa was often frustrated with orchestras, but his music was gradually embraced by the classical world, particularly as championed by Pierre Boulez. (Boulez also conducted the LA Phil in a concert that was also part of the same Contempo ’70 mini-festival that featured Zappa’s Concerto.)
A once-in-a-lifetime concert event celebrating the spirit of creative freedom that Walt Disney Concert Hall epitomizes.
Note: This performance contains mature content and language as well as strobe-like lighting effects.
Programs, artists, dates, prices and availability subject to change.
Upbeat Live: pre-concert talks
- Wednesday, October 23, 2013 - 7:00pm
LA Phil Vice President of Artistic Planning
Chad Smith introduces performers RICH FULCHER (Frank Zappa), MICHAEL DES BARRES (Mr. Ogden), JOE FRIA (Mr. Campbell), and SCOTT THUNES (Justice Mocatta) will read “Drool, Britannia” from Frank Zappa’s autobiography, The Real Frank Zappa Book. Immediately following Chad Smith was joined by GAIL ZAPPA.
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