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THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING ZAPPA | 2.16.07 | 2.17.07


THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING ZAPPA

2.16.07 2.17.07




Frank Zappa was one of the most prolific and inventive American composers.
Although famous as a rock'n'roll guitarist and bandleader, he considered himself first and foremost a composer of orchestral music.
Completely self-taught, he learned to write for orchestra by listening to recordings of his favorite composers.
Red will play music by some of Zappa's inspirations, including Varese, Stravinsky, and Webern. In the second half of the concert you will hear four of Zappa's most inventive orchestral works. Joining Red for this extraordinary concert will be several young musicians from the Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony, and Cleveland's Spencer Myer, performing as soloist in Stravinsky's Concerto for Piano and Wind Instruments.
Friday February 16, 20078:00 pm
Saturday February 17, 20078:00 pm

Masonic Auditorium
3615 Euclid Ave.,
Cleveland, OH 44115

Edgard Varese
Integrales

Igor Stravinsky
Concerto for Piano and Wind Instruments
Spencer Myer, piano
Anton Webern
Five Pieces for Orchestra, Op. 10

Frank Zappa
Dog Breath Variations/Uncle Meat
Be-Bop Tango
Naval Aviation in Art?
G-Spot Tornado

Rock Hall, Red orchestra honor Zappa
Friday, January 26, 2007
John Soeder
Plain Dealer Pop Music Critic Iconoclastic musician Frank Zappa will be saluted next month by Red (an orchestra) and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.
At home with rock 'n' roll, jazz, classical and a dizzying range of musical styles, Zappa recorded dozens of albums, on his own and with his band, the Mothers of Invention. He had a Top 40 hit in 1982 -- fer sure, fer sure -- with the quirky "Valley Girl."
Zappa died of prostate cancer in 1993, at age 52.
Two years later, he was inducted into the Rock Hall.
The local festivities in his honor culminate Friday, Feb. 16, and Saturday, Feb. 17, with a pair of "The Importance of Being Zappa" concerts by Red at the Masonic Auditorium, 3615 Euclid Ave., Cleveland. Both shows begin at 8 p.m. and feature the same program, including the Zappa compositions "Dog Breath Variations/Uncle Meat," "Be-Bop Tango," "Naval Aviation in Art?" and "G-Spot Tornado," as well as works by Igor Stravinsky, Edgard Varece and Anton Webern.
Tickets are $15-$65. To reserve seats, visit www.redanorchestra.org or call 216-361-1733.
Also on the agenda are the following events at the Rock Hall, 1 Key Plaza, Cleveland. They're free with reservations, which you can make by e-mailing
edu@rockhall.org or calling 216-515-8426:
7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13:
Paul Zollo, senior editor of American Songwriter magazine, and cellist Tomas Ulrich discuss Zappa's career.
7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14:
Singer-guitarist Ike Willis, an ex-Zappa sideman, reminisces about his years with Zappa and performs with the Project/Object band.
7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15:
Another former Zappa sideman, singer-guitarist Adrian Belew, gives a talk and performance.
To reach this Plain Dealer reporter:
jsoeder@plaind.com, 216-999-4562