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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