L.A. Philharmonic Announces Cast For World Premiere of “200 Motels,” Frank Zappa

On Wednesday, October 23, 2013, at 8 PM, 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

For full artist biographies and program details, please visit:  http://www.laphil.com/

Los Angeles Philharmonic                   

Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor                  

James Darrah, director                  

Los Angeles Master Chorale                  

Grant Gershon, Music Director

Wednesday, October 23, 2013, at 8 pm

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, 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.