Frank Zappa, Meet CCM

Sunday, October 14 at 7 PM at the Patricia Corbett Theater at College- Conservatory of Music the Jazz Lab Band will devote the entire evening to the music of Frank Zappa. For part of the show, Apostrophe – possibly Zappa’s most famous album – will be played in its entirely by an octet, with arrangements by Dominic Marino. Other selections will include “Peaches en Regalia,” “Night School,” “King Kong” and more. Because Zappa used radically different instrumentation than CCM will employ for most of this material, it will be intriguing to hear how this music translates – and what fun it must be to re-arrange and perform such a bizarre batch of tunes. Tickets to “Mothers of Invention – The Music of Frank Zappa” are $12 for general admission, $6 for non-UC students and FREE for UC students with valid ID. Tickets can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone at 513-556-4183 or online at

It’s worth pointing out that Frank Zappa had some history and connections not only in Cincinnati but at UC, where this concert will take place. He played the University of Cincinnati repeatedly, and one of his first drummers, Art Tripp, was actually a CCM student who ended up working with avant-garde composer John Cage when he became composer composer in residence at CCM. Here’s some footage of Zappa & the Mothers of Invention w/Art Tripp on drums playing music like it’s meant to be played:

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