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Stewart Copeland

Stewart Copeland - Ben hur is back !

Mark your calendars: March 6th, 2017 at the Vienna Konzerthaus.
Stewart Copeland, the cutting-edge film, TV, symphonic (and yes, rock) music composer, is bringing his original orchestral score for the 1925 black and white silent film, “Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ,” to the hallowed Austrian venue, home to some of classical music’s most storied performances.

The epic 1925 MGM film, “Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ,” was the single most expensive and elaborate production of any made during the silent film era. Copeland and manager Derek Power spent three and a half years tracking down the original film, now owned by Warner Bros. After finally acquiring the rights for restoration, and then scanning and editing the film itself, Copeland began composing an original soundtrack to synchronize with the once-silent film.
Copeland, percussionist extraordinaire, performs his orchestral Ben-Hur with a live orchestra, while the newly edited black and white film is projected behind the musicians. The historic, images of the chariot race, the Pirate battle and the moving scenes between actors, led by cast lead Ramon Novarro (Ben Hur) are vividly brought to live through Copeland’s timely and dramatic usage of innovative and complex tonalities.
On March 6, 2017, Copeland is returning to the European stage, performing with the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra. In addition, the ORF will be offering a radio simulcast for Austrian audiences. The Vienna Konzerthaus first opened its doors in 1913 and has continuously supported both traditional, and innovative music styles and performances.

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