In Conversation With Stewart Copeland: Famed Drummer Composes New Soundtrack for 'Ben-Hur' (1925)

04.16.14
Stewart Copeland
The Huffington Post

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's 1925 silent epic, Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ, has been revitalized with a new score composed by famed drummer Stewart Copeland. Arranged as a specially-edited 90-minute concert presentation, the world premiere will take place on Saturday, April 19 at the Virginia Arts Festival in Norfolk, Virginia. ... »

Ex-Police drummer to perform "Ben Hur" score

04.15.14
Stewart Copeland
The Virginian-Pilot

Copeland pulled on a wealth of musical experience and found a deeper appreciation for the power of music as he worked on his latest project: the score for the 1925 silent film "Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ."

Performing with the 60-member Virginia Arts Festival Orchestra conducted by Richard Kaufman, Copeland will debut the score Saturday evening at Chrysler Hall in Norfolk, as part of this year's festival. ... »

Diving Into the Strange, Retrieving Its Beauty

04.13.14
Jeremy Denk
The New York Times

After intermission, Mr. Denk teased out the quirks in the Byrd voluntary, which seemed here a curious cross between a fantasy and a set of ornate variations. And talk about the fantastical: Mr. Denk ended with a rhapsodic and poetic performance of the Schumann work, a 40-minute suite of 18 pieces, less an actual dance suite than a metamorphosis of the dance. Some pieces are dreamy and suffused with inner pain; others are wild eyed, almost unhinged. ... »