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Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts will be rededicated as Marian Anderson Hall, home of The Philadelphia Orchestra


Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts

Inventive Mothers

A Tribute to Frank Zappa

Jun 02, 2018
Jun 03, 2018

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Best seats are available for the June 3rd performance.



Traveling to us from Austria, Studio Dan was founded by Daniel Riegler in 2005 for the JazzWerkstatt Wien’s first festival. The ensemble started as big band, but has since morphed into a flexible new musical ensemble to perform in various permutations, depending on the project. The group operates on the borders between diverse subgenres of contemporary music: improvisation, new music, jazz, and (art) rock, to name only a few. Studio Dan is the only Austrian large ensemble belonging neither to the jazz big band mainstream nor to the strictly interpretive contemporary chamber music culture. Instead, the ensemble organically combines composition and improvisation, exploring beyond the bounds of simplistic categories. Riegler, who arranged the Zappa pieces especially for this performance does not want to appear as a cover band, but rather wants to follow his vision of "a great orchestral layer with a very special sound" with the different musical personality of the illustrious ensemble."
One of the instruments they play is a Bicycle!

The band’s name is a play on Frank Zappa’s 1978 album, Studio Tan, released 40 years ago this year.

Artist Lineup

Sophia Goidinger-Koch – Violin
Magdalena Zenz – Viola
Maiken Beer – Cello
Bernd Satzinger – Double bass, electric bass
Thomas Frey – Flutes
Clemens Salesny – Saxophones, Clarinets
Christof Dienz – Bassoon
Dominik Fuss – Trumpet
Phil Yaeger – Trombone
Michael Tiefenbacher – Piano, Electronics
Raphael Meinhart – Percussion
Hubert Bründlmayer – Drums
Werner Angerer – Sound
Daniel Riegler – Conductor


This is a designated BYO performance. Acceptable forms of BYO are 6-pack of beer and/or 750ml bottles of wine only; no liquor or open containers are permitted. Limit of one (1) 750ml bottle of wine OR one (1) six-pack of beer per two guests. Corkscrews and rolling coolers are not permitted. Ice, cups and corking service available at venue at no cost. All BYO Night guests are subject to lawful ID checks and bag checks at the manager’s discretion.

“Information is not knowledge. Knowledge is not wisdom. Wisdom is not truth. Truth is not beauty. Beauty is not love. Love is not music. Music is THE BEST.”
- Frank Zappa

Run Time: 90 Minutes
Intermission: No Intermission

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