Friday, February 16, 8 p.m. and Saturday, February 17, 8 p.m. - Red {an orchestra} presents The Importance of Being Zappa at the Masonic Auditorium, 3615 Euclid Avenue. Red {an orchestra}'s mission is to develop diverse musical audiences through innovative programs, which connect music with other artistic disciplines to produce engaging and entertaining performances. Join Red in celebrating the classical side Frank Zappa. Ticket prices are $15, $35 and $65. To reserve your seat, visit or call 216.361.1733.


from the AFFZ newsgroup

2007 02

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 Var賥 and Anton Webern. Tickets are $15-$65. To reserve seats, visit or call 216-361-1733.



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