Roxian Theatre, McKees Rocks
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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.
“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!”
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!
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/
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
Read about it in the press:
- 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