Orchestra 2001 is dedicated to performing and promoting the music of the 20th and 21st centuries. Nominated for a Grammy Award in 2015, the ensemble has performed at leading concert halls across the US and overseas, including prominent festivals in Salzburg, Moscow, Dubai, Havana, Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong. Orchestra 2001 has presented over 85 world premieres and over 100 Philadelphia premieres, and has been recognized by ASCAP and the League of American Orchestras with Awards for Adventurous Programming.
Orchestra 2001 will present the Philadelphia premiere of the genre-defying composition The Yellow Shark, by maverick American composer and rock guitarist Frank Zappa. The 17-movement, 75-minute piece will be performed at The Fillmore in 2018, on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the album’s release and of Zappa’s death. In the work’s lush sound world, relentless dance rhythms and surprising turns of orchestration are interlaced with original poetry by Zappa, and performed by an ensemble of 26 musicians on a vast array of percussion instruments, standard orchestral instruments, as well as banjo, cymbalom, lion’s roar, didgeridoo, and alphorn. Preceding the premiere, a concert program will pair selections of Zappa’s chamber music with works by composers who were influential to his artistic development, such as Anton Webern, Igor Stravinsky, Pierre Boulez, and Edgard Varèse. Pre-concert discussions will include one of the nation’s leading Zappa experts, Dr. Joseph Klein, composer and professor of music at the University of North Texas, who will explore the musician’s exceptionally wide range of compositional skills, and the musical and nonmusical influences that are on display in The Yellow Shark.
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