LA Phil's World Premiere of Frank Zappa's 200 MOTELS Set for Tonight

LA Phil's World Premiere of Frank Zappa's 200 MOTELS Set for Tonight

The LA Phil marks the 10th anniversary date of the opening of Walt Disney Concert Hall with a speciAl Green Umbrella program presenting the world premiere of 200 Motels by L.A.'s groundbreaking iconoclast composer Frank Zappa. Conductor Laureate Esa-Pekka Salonen leads the LA Phil, and is joined by L.A.-based director James Darrah and the Los Angeles Master Chorale. Also joining Salonen and the LA Phil is a cast of renowned soloists and a band that includes Ian Underwood of Zappa's The Mothers of Invention, Scott Thunes, who also played with Frank Zappa, Zappa Family Trust "Vaultmeister" Joe Travers, and Jamie Kime of Zappa Plays Zappa.

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

Production team:

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

Rebecca Guzzi, assistant costume designer

Margery Simkin, casting

The Band:

Ian Underwood, keyboard 1/electric alto sax

Randy Kerber, keyboard 2/Hammond organ

Joe Travers, drum set

Scott Thunes, electric bass

Jamie Kime, electric guitar

In 1970, Frank Zappa collaborated with Zubin Mehta and the LA Phil for a revolutionary concert that formed the basis of his magnum opus. The performance will be the first complete realization of Zappa's musical vision that was inspired by his tours with The Mothers of Invention. This once-in-a-lifetime concert celebrates the spirit of freedom that Walt Disney Concert Hall has engendered and will be a uniquely Californian event.

An Upbeat Live pre-concert event takes place in Walt Disney Concert Hall's BP Hall one hour prior to the concert, and is free to all ticket holders. LA Phil Vice President of Artistic Planning Chad Smith hosts

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WHO: Los Angeles Philharmonic

Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor

James Darrah, director

Los Angeles Master Chorale

Grant Gershon, Music Director

The concert is set for tonight, October 23, 2013, at 8 pm at the Walt Disney CONCERT HALL, 151 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012. Tickets: Subscriptions and single tickets for the Los Angeles Philharmonic's 2013/14 season at Walt Disney Concert Hall are currently available. To purchase, visit, the Walt Disney Concert Hall Box Office or any Ticketmaster outlet. To order by phone with credit card, call the Walt Disney Concert Hall Box Office at 323.850.2000, or Ticketmaster at 800.745.3000. For more information, call 323.850.2000.