10TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION: Green Umbrella: Zappa's 200 Motels

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  • Frank Zappa Frank Zappa

    Frank Zappa

  • Esa-Pekka Salonen Esa-Pekka Salonen

    Esa-Pekka Salonen

  • Los Angeles Master Chorale Los Angeles Master Chorale

    Los Angeles Master Chorale


Part of GU1 Green Umbrella


Los Angeles Philharmonic

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


Zappa: 200 Motels (world premiere)

About This Performance

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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.)

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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

Chad Smith

Chief Operating Officer

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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