Orchestral concerts, conducted or organized by FZ

1963 - 1975

1963 05 19 - Mount St. Mary's College, Los Angeles, CA

50 min, FM, B

"The Experimental Music of Frank Zappa". A little excerpt of this performance can be heard on The Lost Episodes.

Piece Nr 2 Of Visual Music 1957 for Jazz Ensemble and 16 Mm Projector, Piano Pieces from Opus Nr 5, Collage Nr 1 for String Instruments, Two Fragments of The Prepared Tape to be used in Opus 5, Opus Nr 5 for Piano Taperecorder and Multiple Orchestras, question and answer session

1970 05 15 - Pauley Pavilion, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA

100 min, Aud, B

"Contempo '70" Festival: The Mothers Of Inventions with The L.A. Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Zubin Mehta.
See 1969-1970: Hot Rats / MOI reunion

1975 09 17 - Royce Hall, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA

95 min, Aud, B

Frank Zappa and The Abnuceals Emuukha Electric Orchestra, conducted by Michael Zearott.

Bogus Pomp (world premiere), Revised Music For Low Budget Orchestra, Pedro's Dowry (world premiere), Rollo, Dog Meat, Naval Aviation In Art?, improvisations, Sink Trap, Duke Of Prunes, Strictly Genteel

1975 09 18 - Royce Hall, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA

120 min, Aud, B+

Frank Zappa and The Abnuceals Emuukha Electric Orchestra, conducted by Michael Zearott.

Bogus Pomp, Revised Music For Low Budget Symphony Orchestra, Pedro's Dowry, Rollo [parts on Q and OSD], Black Napkins, Dog Meat, Naval Aviation In Art?, Sink Trap [parts in Easy Meat, TTR, incl. Lumpy Gravy, Q and Hermitage, OSD], Duke Of Prunes, The Adventures Of Greggery Peccary, Strictly Genteel (q: Louie Louie)

1983 - 1984

1983 01 11 - Barbican Hall, London, UK

90 min, Aud, B+

London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Kent Nagano with David Ocker, Chad Wackerman and Ed Mann.

Envelopes, Moe 'N Herb's Vacation, Bob In Dacron, Sad Jane, Pedro's Dowry, Bogus Pomp, Strictly Genteel

1983 02 09 - The War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco, CA

70 min, Aud, B+

Varèse and Webern: One Hundredth Anniversary Celebration - The San Francisco Contemporary Music Players.
Conducted by Jean-Louis Leroux, * conducted by Frank Zappa

Ionisation* (Varese), Six Lieder after poems of George Trakl opus 14 (Webern), Variations For Piano Opus 27 (Webern), Offrandes (Varese), Poeme Electronique (from tape), Three Lieder after poems of Hildegard Jone Opus 25 (Webern), Fuga (Ricercata) a 6 voci, No. 2 from the "Musical Offering" (Bach, arr. Webern), Integrales* (Varese)

1984 01 09 - Thèâtre de la Ville, Paris, France

25 min, FM, A-

Ensemble InterContemporain conducted by Pierre Boulez. The complete program included also performances of works by Charles Ives, Carl Ruggles and Elliott Carter.
A 45 min, Aud, A- rehearsals with the same pieces is also circulating.

Dupree's Paradise, Naval Aviation In Art, The Perfect Stranger

1984 06 15 - Zellerbach Auditorium, University of California, Berkeley, CA

105 min, Aud, A-

"A Zappa Affair" - Berkeley Symphony Orchestra conducted by Kent Nagano.

Bob In Dacron/Sad Jane, Mo 'n Herb's Vacation, Sinister Footwear, Improvisation, Pedro's Dowry

1984 06 16 - Zellerbach Auditorium, University of California, Berkeley, CA

110 min, FM, A

"A Zappa Affair" - Berkeley Symphony Orchestra conducted by Kent Nagano. There are many versions of this recording. Most of them include extended commentary and interviews.

Bob In Dacron/Sad Jane, Mo 'n Herb's Vacation, Sinister Footwear, Spontaneous Minimalist Composition, Pedro's Dowry

1992: The Yellow Shark
Ensemble Modern conducted by Peter Rundel

1992 09 16 - Alte Oper, Frankfurt, Germany - Rehearsals

35 min, SBD, A+

Available as video.

Food Gathering In Post-Industrial America 1992, G-Spot Tornado, Welcome To The United States, A Pound For A Brown

1992 09 17 - Alte Oper, Frankfurt, Germany

95 min, FM, A
95 min, Aud, B+

The show was telecast live on the German pay-TV channel Premiere. Around the same time, "AAANFRAA", a film documentary with footage from the LA 1991 and Frankfurt 1992 FZ/Ensemble Modern rehearsals, was shown.
FZ hosted this show.

Overture (Dio Fa), Dog Meat, Outrage At Valdez, Times Beach II, III Revised, The Girl In The Magnesium Dress, Be-Bop Tango, Food Gathering In Post-Industrial America 1992, Ruth Is Sleeping, Amnerika, None Of The Above, Pentagon Afternoon, Questi Cazzi Di Piccione, Times Beach III, Welcome To The United States, A Pound For A Brown, Exercise #4, Get Whitey, G-Spot Tornado, G-Spot Tornado

1992 09 18 - Alte Oper, Frankfurt, Germany

135 min, FM, A
110 min, Aud, A-

FM version has commentary and interviews during intermission.

Overture (Dio Fa), Dog Meat, Outrage At Valdez, Times Beach II, III Revised, The Girl In The Magnesium Dress, Be-Bop Tango, Chairs & Brooms, Beat The Reaper, Waffenspiel, Ruth Is Sleeping, Amnerika, None Of The Above, Pentagon Afternoon, Questi Cazzi Di Piccione, Times Beach III,Welcome To The United States, A Pound For A Brown, Exercise #4, Get Whitey, G-Spot Tornado, G-Spot Tornado

1992 09 19 - Alte Oper, Frankfurt, Germany

110 min, Aud, A-/B+

FZ hosted this show. Possibly his last public appearance.

Overture (Dio Fa), intro by FZ [parts on TYS], Dog Meat [TYS], Outrage At Valdez, Times Beach II, III Revised, The Girl In The Magnesium Dress, Be-Bop Tango, Chairs & Brooms, Beat The Reaper, Waffenspiel, Ruth Is Sleeping, Amnerika, None Of The Above, Pentagon Afternoon, Questi Cazzi Di Piccione, Times Beach III, Welcome To The United States [TYS], A Pound For A Brown, Exercise #4, Get Whitey, G-Spot Tornado, G-Spot Tornado

1992 09 22 - Philharmonie, Berlin, Germany

105 min, Aud, A-
105 min, FM, A

The FM recording is missing Chairs & Brooms and Martin.

Overture (Dio Fa), Dog Meat, Outrage At Valdez, Times Beach II, III Revised, The Girl In The Magnesium Dress, Be-Bop Tango, Chairs & Brooms, Beat The Reaper, Ruth Is Sleeping, Amnerika, None Of The Above, Pentagon Afternoon, Questi Cazzi Di Piccione, Times Beach III, Welcome To The United States, A Pound For A Brown, Exercise #4, Get Whitey, G-Spot Tornado, G-Spot Tornado, Martin (Put A Motor In Yourself)

1992 09 23 - Philharmonie, Berlin, Germany

110 min, Aud, A-

Overture (Dio Fa), Dog Meat, Outrage At Valdez, Times Beach II, III Revised, The Girl In The Magnesium Dress, Be-Bop Tango, Chairs & Brooms, Beat The Reaper, Ruth Is Sleeping, Amnerika, None Of The Above, Pentagon Afternoon, Questi Cazzi Di Piccione, Times Beach III, Welcome To The United States, A Pound For A Brown, Exercise #4, Get Whitey, G-Spot Tornado, G-Spot Tornado, Martin (Put A Motor In Yourself)

1992 09 26 - Wiener Konzerthaus, Wien, Austria

95 min, Aud, A-/B+

Overture (Dio Fa), Dog Meat, Outrage At Valdez, Times Beach II, III Revised, The Girl In The Magnesium Dress, Be-Bop Tango, Chairs & Brooms, Beat The Reaper, Ruth Is Sleeping, Amnerika, None Of The Above, Pentagon Afternoon, Questi Cazzi Di Piccione, Times Beach III, Welcome To The United States, A Pound For A Brown, Exercise #4, Get Whitey, G-Spot Tornado

1992 09 27 - Wiener Konzerthaus, Wien, Austria

105 min, Aud, A/A-

Overture (Dio Fa), Dog Meat, Outrage At Valdez, Times Beach II, III Revised, The Girl In The Magnesium Dress, Be-Bop Tango, Chairs & Brooms, Beat The Reaper, Waffenspiel, Ruth Is Sleeping, Amnerika, None Of The Above, Pentagon Afternoon, Questi Cazzi Di Piccione, Times Beach III, Welcome To The United States, A Pound For A Brown, Exercise #4, Get Whitey, G-Spot Tornado, G-Spot Tornado

1992 09 28 - Wiener Konzerthaus, Wien, Austria

120 min, Aud, B+/B

Overture (Dio Fa), Dog/Meat, Outrage At Valdez, Times Beach II, III Revised, The Girl In The Magnesium Dress, Be-Bop Tango, Food Gathering In Post-Industrial America 1992, phone call to FZ, N-Lite, Ruth Is Sleeping, Amnerika, None Of The Above, Pentagon Afternoon, Questi Cazzi Di Piccione, Times Beach III, Welcome To The United States, Pound For A Brown, Exercise #4, Get Whitey, G-Spot Tornado, Dog/Meat, G-Spot Tornado

Appendix

A few other classical Zappa events without direct FZ involvement

1984 05 18 - Herbst Theater, San Francisco, CA

The Chamber Symphony of San Francisco plays Dupree's Paradise, Jean-Louis LeRoux conductor. U.S. premiere. FZ was on stage and the piece was played twice.

20 min, Aud, A-

Dupree's Paradise

Recording exists also of the 1984 05 19 performance.

1985 04 12 - Herbst Theater, San Francisco, CA

Kronos Quartet plays None Of The Above. World premiere.
David Harrington: violin; John Sherba: violin; Hank Dutt: viola; Joan Jeanrenaud: cello.

20 min, Aud, A-

None Of The Above

Kronos Quartet rendition of None Of The Above is also know from an (incomplete) recording of a few days later performance (Schoenberg Hall, UCLA, L.A.).
A 3 min rehearsal was broadcast on KPFA FM (San Francisco, April 8, 1985) along with the FZ synclavier demo of the piece.

1985 05 08 - Alice Tully Hall, New York City, NY

Aspen Wind Quartet plays Times Beach. World premiere.
Barli Nugent: flute; Claudia Coonce: oboe; David Krakauer: clarinet; Timothy Ward: bassoon; Kaitilin Mahony: french horn

20 min, Aud, B

Times Beach

Aspen Wind Quartet rendition of Times Beach is also know from an (incomplete) 15 min. FM recording of a few days later performance (Coolidge Auditorium, Washington, DC).

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