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Frank Zappa's '200 Motels' checking in at Disney Hall
Frank Zappa's '200 Motels' checking in at Disney Hall

At Wednesday's 10th birthday party for Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Los Angeles Philharmonic will perform the world premiere of Frank Zappa's "200 Motels." It's made up of 13 orchestral suites by the late L.A. rock star and composer, only parts of which surfaced in his 1971 "200 Motels" feature film and double-LP soundtrack album. Zappa, who died 20 years ago of cancer just short of 53, devoted much of his creative energy to humorous scoffing at most aspects of the human condition. He luxuriated in scatology and didn't hesitate to dwell cartoonishly on what Monty Python called "the nasty bits." "200 Motels" is no exception. ...

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