Zappa Concerts

Orchestra 2001 presented two epic concerts in April 2018 at World Cafe Live and The Fillmore Philadelphia:
Zappa's Radical Classical Roots & Celebrating Frank Zappa's The Yellow Shark.

The concerts celebrated Frank Zappa's genre-defying classical compositions from The Yellow Shark and works by his greatest influences: Edgard Varèse, Anton Webern, Igor Stravinsky, and Pierre Boulez. Major Support for this project was provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage

View a list of the Zappa performers and crew

Jayce Ogren conducting Orchestra 2001 at The Fillmore Philadelphia, 4/28/2018, Photo: David Cimetta


Explore Zappa's relationship to Edgard Varèse:

Read Edgard Varése: The Idol of My Youth (1971), an article written by Frank Zappa for Stereo Review, June 1971. 

Read 16-year old Frank Zappa’s letter to Edgard Varèse (1957)



Photo: Michael Putland, Used by Permission

Zappa's Radical Classical Roots

World Cafe Live
Sunday, April 22, 2018, at 7:00 pm
$35 Adult / $25 Senior  / $15 Student

Celebrating Frank Zappa's The Yellow Shark

The Fillmore Philadelphia
Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 7:00 pm
29 E Allen St, Philadelphia, PA 19123
(find directions and parking HERE)

pre-concert panel discussion at 6:30 pm
$35 + Fees Seated / $25 + Fees General Admission Standing
(Tickets for The Fillmore concert are sold by Live Nation/Ticketmaster)

Orchestra 2001 presents the Philadelphia premiere of the genre-defying compositions from The Yellow Shark, in the 25th anniversary year of the album’s release and of Zappa’s death. The 16 pieces that comprise this program were described by Zappa as the best representation of his orchestral works. In a program at World Cafe Live the week before, Orchestra 2001 pairs Zappa’s chamber music with contemporary classical composers who were most influential to his development: Edgard Vare╠Çse, Anton Webern, Igor Stravinsky, and Pierre Boulez.

Major support has been provided by
The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.

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