Michael Des Barres as Rance in Frank Zappa’s 200 Motels
On Wednesday, October 23, 2013, at 8 PM, the LA Phil marks the 10th anniversary date of the opening of Walt Disney Concert Hall by presenting the world premiere of 200 Motels by L.A.’s groundbreaking iconoclast composer Frank Zappa.
In 1970, Frank Zappa collaborated with Zubin Mehta and the LA Philharmonic 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 is truly a once-in-a-lifetime concert.
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.
Michael Des Barres stars in the production as “Rance,” aka the devil. Says Des Barres, “Working with Esa-Pekka Salonen and his 110 piece orchestra at Disney Hall is an extraordinary experience. I began this blessed journey of mine wanting to be Chuck Berry and Rudolph Valentino. Somehow, that’s how I feel standing center stage with this most distinguished institution, the creme de la creme of classical and avant garde music. In this case, exemplified by the legendary 200 Motels composed by Frank Zappa. It is an honor and a delight. A high point of my career, both legitimate and anarchic. In other words, my cup of tea.”
Subscriptions and single tickets for the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s 2013/14 season at Walt Disney Concert Hall are currently available. To purchase, please visit LAPhil.com, the Walt Disney Concert Hall Box Office or any Ticketmaster outlet. To order by phone with credit card, please call the Walt Disney Concert Hall Box Office at 323.850.2000, or Ticketmaster at 800.745.3000. For more information, please call 323.850.2000.
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