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Controversial Frank Zappa Score to be Performed at the Southbank Centre

Date Posted: 04/02/13

Controversial Frank Zappa Score to be Performed at the Southbank Centre

A comprehensive programme of classical music performances awaits those who visit London this year thanks to a new festival at the Southbank Centre.

Called The Rest is Noise, the year-long festival celebrates 20th Century classical music, having opened with a performance of Richard Strauss's 1905 opera Salome earlier this month and due to close in December with John Adams's nativity oratorio from the year 2000.

One of the highlights is expected to be the UK premiere of a controversial orchestral film score by music legend Frank Zappa, the BBC reports.

Zappa's 200 Motels - the score for the 1971 musical surrealist film of the same name co-written and directed by Zappa and Tony Palmer - will be performed by the BBC Concert Orchestra and members of Southbank Sinfonia with conductor Jurjen Hempel on October 29th.

A planned performance of the work at the Albert Hall in 1971 was pulled on the grounds of obscenity.

Meanwhile, throughout the year The Rest is Noise festival will examine how social and political changes of the last century helped shape classical music.

As well as concerts there will be film screenings, talks, debates and exhibitions, meaning there is plenty for those on weekend breaks in London to enjoy.

Posted by Louise Millard

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