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Program Run Time: 90 minutes
The Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh presents the world premiere of a new, commissioned work by former rock drummer and founder of The Police, Stewart Copeland, who has been responsible for some of the film world’s most innovative scores. Written for chorus and rock orchestra, Satan’s Fall delves into the title character’s darkness, insurrection, and eventual fall from grace as conceived by John Milton in Books V and VI of Paradise Lost.
A jam-packed and brisk 90 minutes, the full program includes both the classical and the contemporary. It has something for everyone!
“In the vast 17th century epic of John Milton’s Paradise Lost, there lives a story within the story,” says Copeland. “It concerns the essential prequel to the sacred tale: Why did Satan do it? How and why does Almighty God have an adversary? We get an answer when we learn of Satan’s journey to the dark side and of the mighty battle that cast him out of heaven. Such a story must be told with a heavenly choir!”
Sympathy for the Devil/Friend of the Devil – Mick Jagger, Keith Richards/Jerry Garcia, John Dawson, Robert Hunter, arr. Josh Bauder
O quam gloriosum – Tomás Luis de Victoria
Media vita – Notker Balbus, arr. Michael McGlynn
Introduction of Stewart Copeland and discussion of Satan’s Fall
O fortuna from Carmina Burana – Carl Orff
Satan’s Fall – Stewart Copeland, text by John Milton
Stewart Copeland has spent more than three decades at the forefront of contemporary music as rock star and acclaimed film composer, as well as in the disparate worlds of opera, ballet, and world and chamber music.
Recruiting Sting and Andy Summers in 1977, Copeland is renowned as the founder of The Police, a band that became a defining force in rock music from the ‘80s through to the present day. His career includes the sale of more than 60 million records worldwide, and numerous awards, including five Grammy awards. Read more about Stewart.
Roxian Theatre is a stylish, newly renovated live music venue located on the corners of Chartiers Avenue and McDonald Way in McKees Rocks. The auditorium offers several different seating options to suit any taste. Consider a “Skybox” ticket that includes premium seating near a private cash bar and a VIP Package that includes early entry and photo opportunity with Stewart Copeland! Read more about the devilishly great VIP experience!
Parking: There is a lot behind Roxian Theatre, as well as ample street parking along Chartiers Avenue.
Accessibility: Please email the Roxian Box Office at firstname.lastname@example.org with the event name, and details of the accommodations you require. For questions about accessibility of specific venues or performances, please contact Maggie Richardson at email@example.com or call 412-926-2488.
NOTE ON SECURITY: Attendees will be waved with a security wand upon entrance. Please do not bring large bags or laptops. Small, wallet-sized purses are fine, larger bags (i.e. backpacks) are not allowed.
Learn more about the Roxian experience: http://www.roxianlive.com/2019/05/23/venue-guide-roxian-theatre/
Make a night of it with dinner before the show! Visit 1905 Eatery, right in the heart of McKees Rocks before you head to the Roxian. If you’re coming from farther away, check out Sarafino’s Restaurant in Crafton (only 4 miles away!) OR head to Station Square on Carson Street, where there’s a variety of restaurants that are less than 4 miles from the theater!
iHeartRadio Pittsburgh is the official media partner for Satan’s Fall and MCP’s 2019-‘20 Composer in Residence program with Stewart Copeland.
Kimpton Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh is proud to be a partner for Satan’s Fall and the hotel of choice for the Mendelssohn Choir!
Satan’s Fall is also made possible by the following sponsors:
Fallen Angel Sponsors
Ken and Sandy Fisher, RBC Wealth Management
Patty and Trent Gause
Chuck and Rita Kelly
Guy and M. Denice Leonard
Cynthia L. Roth
Guardian Angel Sponsors
- Choir rocked the Rox – The Beaver County Times, 17 February 2020
- Staffer Summons Satan for Starring Role – PittWire, 14 February 2020
- The Devil’s Music: Former Police Drummer Premieres “Satan’s Fall” with the Mendelssohn Choir – 90.5 WESA, 7 February 2020
- Whip talks to Stewart Copeland – iHeartRadio Podcast, 6 February 2020
- Rising up to ‘Satan’s Fall’: Famed rock drummer Stewart Copeland offers poignant insight on his ‘metal opera,’ composing and Milton’s epic ‘Paradise Lost’ – The Beaver County Times, 6 February 2020
- Stewart Copeland’s ‘Satan’s Fall’ to premiere at Roxian Theatre – PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW, 6 February 2020
- How Police drummer Stewart Copeland picked Pittsburgh for world premiere of ‘Satan’s Fall’ – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 4 February 2020
- Best Pittsburgh concerts this week: – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 4 February 2020
- Entertainment planner: Jan. 30-Feb. 12 – PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW, 30 January 2020
- Winter Guide: Music | Winter Guide 2020 – Pittsburgh City Paper, 29 January 2020
- The best concerts in Pittsburgh in February and March – NEXTPittsburgh, 28 January 2020
- Devil is in the details as Pittsburgh choir readies world premiere – The Beaver County Times, 26 January 2020
- Sing a Song of Satan – Pittsburgh Magazine, 15 January 2020
- Mendelssohn Choir Premieres Rock and Roll Hall of Famer’s “Satan’s Fall” – The Almanac, 24 December 2019
- SATAN’S FALL Will Premiere At The Roxian Theatre With the Mendelssohn Choir in February – Broadway World, 5 December 2019
- Stewart Copeland discusses The Police, working with Pittsburgh’s Mendelssohn Choir – PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW, 23 October 2019
- Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh will premiere Police drummer’s oratorio – PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW, 15 October 2019
- Stewart Copeland of the Police talks devilish collaboration with Pittsburgh choir – The Beaver County Times, 15 September 2019
- The Police drummer to premiere work with Mendelssohn Choir – The Beaver County Times, 5 September 2019