Listen: Aurora Orchestra Presents Frank Zappa and Philip Glass Premiere

The Fourth in Q2 Music's Eight-Part Series from the 2013 Proms in London

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Saturday, August 10, 2013

On Saturday, August 10, Q2 Music at the Proms featured a performance by the Aurora Orchestra led by conductor Nicholas Collon. The ensemble makes its BBC Proms debut with two works by American composer and performer Frank Zappa: The Adventures of Greggery Peccary, his self-described "twisted sort of musical fairy tale," and G-Spot Tornado, in a 70-piece orchestration by Ali N Askin.

Conlon Nancarrow's comically wild Study for Player Piano No. 7 and the UK premiere of Philip Glass's Symphony No. 10 rounded out the evening's high-flying, boisterous program.


Conlon Nancarrow (arr. Yvar Mikhashoff): Study for Player Piano No. 7
Frank Zappa (orch. Ali N. Askin): G-Spot Tornado
Philip Glass: Symphony No. 10
Frank Zappa (orch. Ali N. Askin): The Adventures of Greggery Peccary

Q2 Music at the Proms streams Saturdays at 7 pm from July 20 to September 9 on Q2 Music. On-demand audio will be available for 7 days after the initial webcast.



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Clemency Burton-Hill

Comments [2]

Q2 Music

Hi Robert, thanks for this input. It's valuable to us.

Unfortunately, we were only allowed to stream this audio for 7 days following the initial webcast.

We do, in fact, focus on the music of living composers; though we occasionally play some earlier and middle 20th Century music, the music is certainly heavier on the late 20th Century to the 21st Century.

That said, the success of coverage like this show has prompted us to include more music from outside the world of "classical music" - artists like Zappa. Listen more in the very near future.

Sep. 06 2013 09:34 AM
Robert from NYC

Alas, your email instructed "Listen: Aurora Orchestra Presents Zappa and Glass Premiere."
I was late to click on it and so apparently I am not allowed to listen. Why not? Why not make audio/video available longer?

Better yet, why not broadcast the music of Francisco Zappa? It is so nice that you can publicize that you are hip to his music in an email. Really, Frank would SO appreciate it. Almost as much as a burnt weenie sandwich.

So why can't you actually play his music over the air??? Because you are still stuck in the early 20th century model of presenting "classical" music. Yeah, we're well into the 2nd decade of the 21st century, but you still find it so difficult to broadcast music made in the 2nd half of the 20th century.

It almost breaks my heart. But as Maestro Zappa would say, "Broken hearts are for a--holes."

Please, catch up.

Aug. 26 2013 12:37 AM

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