SYMPHONY ROCKS: Legendary drummer Stewart Copeland brings 'Tyrant's Crush' to San Antonio

October 27, 2016 - 3:15pm

A night at the orchestra is a time-honored tradition that goes back to nearly the beginning of time. But composers like Mozart and Beethoven didn’t have the luxury of composing for one of the best rock drummers of our generation, as he is banging out a rhythm that could shake the very foundation of the great concert halls in Vienna and Berlin and the rest of Europe. Stewart Copeland, founding member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band The Police, has gone beyond his work with the legendary 3-piece band and is set to hit the stage with a 60-piece orchestra when he joins the San Antonio Symphony for a performance of his new concerto for percussion and a drum kit titled “The Tyrant’s Crush.” What makes this piece so unusual is it’s composed for a trap-set drummer, with the tympani making an occasional appearance, and the dynamic of blending the drum set with a full-scale orchestra. Copeland acknowledges that “this is a first” in the orchestral world.

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