Ben Hur: A Tale of the Christ , Stewart Copeland, composer


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Wed., March 16 - 8:00 PM

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Stewart Copeland, Composer
with Pacific Symphony
Richard Kaufman, Conductor

VPAC welcomes Stewart Copeland, who caught the world’s attention when he captured the raw energy of the London punk rock scene by forming The Police. Copeland has since spent three decades as an acclaimed film composer, filmmaker and creator of opera, ballet and chamber music. His current muse, the 1925 film Ben Hur: A Tale of The Christ remains the most expensive silent film ever made, with an enormous cast and breathtaking visuals. Nearly a century later, the film’s chariot race remains one of the most influential scenes in cinema history. The evening will feature composer Copeland on drum set and percussion, fronting a full symphony orchestra, as VPAC resounds with hoof beats and drumbeats.

downSTAGE with the Frame 

Before the performance this evening, join us for a "downstage" talk with Stewart Copeland. Moderated by John Horn from KPCC, Southern California Public Radio, this conversation will take place in front of the live audience and be recorded and distributed on The Frame, KPCC's new daily arts and culture program, which airs weekdays on 89.3 KPCC and is available as a podcast in iTunes.

downstage with the frame KPCC


KTLA Interview of Stewart Copeland

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Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ with Original Score by Stewart Copeland | The Sound 100.3 FM

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Alumnus Richard Kaufman teams with Stewart Copeland on “Ben-Hur” Production at VPAC | CSUN Today

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New Generation | Advocate

In Conversation With Stewart Copeland: Famed Drummer Composes New Soundtrack for Ben Hur (1925) | Sean Martinfield

Stewart Copeland takes his 'Ben-Hur' work to the Valley Performing Arts Center | Los Angeles Times

Classic Hollywood: Stewart Copeland scores and remixes 1925 'Ben-Hur' | Los Angeles Times



“The Chariot Race” Alexander von Wagner (c. 1882) © Manchester City Galleries, Manchester, England. This painting was the inspiration for the chariot sequences in both the 1925 and 1959 film of Ben Hur..



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