Rock Stars Light Up VPAC for Copeland’s Ben-Hur

  • Rock stars with Stewart Copeland

    The stars came out for Stewart Copeland's performance of Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ. (From left) Taylor Hawkins (Drummer/Foo Fighters), The Edge (Lead Guitarist/ U2), Stewart Copeland (Composer and Drummer/ The Police ), Chad Smith (Drummer/ Red Hot Chili Peppers) and Danny Carey (Drummer/ Tool). Photo by Jeff Kravitz/

  • Serj Tankian and Thor Steingraber.

    Serj Tankian (System of a Down and CSUN alumnus) in the VPAC lobby with VPAC's Executive Director Thor Steingraber. Photo by Nicki Sun.

  • Copeland introduces the show.

    "My chariot awaits!" Stewart Copeland exclaims on the mic before getting seated at his drum kit. Photo by Luque Photography.

  • Ben-Hur at VPAC.

    MGM's 1925 silent classic "Ben Hur: A Tale of the Christ" on the big screen above as the Pacific Symphony and Stewart Copeland provide the live score. Photo by Luque Photography.

  • Copeland on the drums.

    Stewart Copeland at his drum set. Photo by Luque Photography.

  • Copeland on the other drums.

    Stewart Copeland on his other drum kit. Photo by Luque Photography.

  • Richard Kaufman conducts Pacific Symphony Orchestra.

    CSUN alumnus Richard Kaufman conducting the Pacific Symphony. Photo by Luque Photography.

  • Richard Kaufman, Thor Steingraber and Stewart Copeland.

    CSUN alumnus and Grammy Award-winning conductor Richard Kaufman, VPAC's Executive Director Thor Steingraber and Composer/Musician Extraordinaire Stewart Copeland at the after party. Photo by Luque Photography.

A constellation of stars filled the Valley Performing Arts Center’s sky for Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Stewart Copeland’s performance of his score for the 1925 silent film classic¬†Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ.¬†Copeland was accompaniedthe Pacific Symphony Orchestra, which was conducted by CSUN alumnus Richard Kaufman ’77 (Music). Among those in attendance for the concert were U2’s the Edge and System of a Down’s Serj Tankian, a CSUN alumnus. Here are photos from the memorable evening.

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