Don't Box Me In

An Intimate Evening with Rockstar Stewart Copeland

The co-founder and drummer of THE POLICE, face to face

Join LBO for this once in a lifetime opportunity to meet, engage, and listen to the musical inspirations of Stewart Copeland, one of the most iconic stars of the rock world – who now rocks the opera world. Be there when Copeland and Andreas Mitisek talk about Stewart's experiences with Sting and The Police, tracing his journey from rock legend to acclaimed film and opera composer. The event will feature "unplugged" performances by Stewart, Nathan Granner and Jamie Chamberlin with music ranging from rock to opera. Hear Copeland as you've never heard before!

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VIP EXPERIENCE: 6pm: Be one of the 50 lucky people to meet Stewart face to face at an exclusive reception in the Green room of the Terrace Theater. Chat with him over free drinks and appetizers, have your photo taken with the ultimate rockstar and have your memorabilia signed. At 7pm join other patrons in the Terrace Theater lobby for a conversation, Music Performance, and Q&A with Stewart. Ticket price: $200 (includes free drinks and food at VIP reception).

GENERAL ADMISSION EXPERIENCE: 6pm: Start the evening off with delicious treats from the food trucks on the Terrace Theater Plaza, stroll into the Terrace Theater lobby to mix to mingle, and watch "Everyone Stares: The Police Inside Out." At 7pm join other patrons in the Terrace Theater lobby for a conversation, music Performance, and Q&A with Stewart. Ticket price: $100 (includes 2 drink vouchers for beer or wine).

Stewart is a recipient of the Hollywood Film Festival’s first Outstanding Music in Film Visionary Award, and a 2003 inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. His career includes the sale of more than 60 million records worldwide, and has won him five Grammy Awards.

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet and engage with one of the most iconic stars in rock music. 

Beyond The Police

After The Police stopped touring in 1984, Stewart began his move beyond the rock arena. He created the memorable score to Francis Ford Coppola’s Rumblefish, a strikingly original mixture of traditional percussion, electronically sampled car horns and ticking clocks that would earn him a 1984 Golden Globe nomination.

A Composer Emerges

Copeland then went on to release a solo album, The Rhythmatist, featuring drums, percussion, other musical instruments, and occasional lead vocals added by Copeland. The album was the official soundtrack to the movie of the same name, which was co-written by Stewart. He also starred in the film, which is "A musical odyssey through the heart of Africa in search of the roots of rock & roll." (Copeland is seen playing the drums in a cage with lions surrounding him.) Soon afterward, Oliver Stone called on him to write the scores for Wall Street and Talk Radio.

The decade following the 80s was the most prolific period in Stewart Copeland's career. With scores and soundtracks as his main occupation, the famous drummer now became better known as a famous composer. Stewart had already been a productive songwriter before The Police had emerged, having released a few singles in 1978 and a follow-up album in 1980 under the pseudonym of Klark Kent.

But while The Police needed that particular touch brought to its music by Sting, Stewart's varied musical culture and knowledge allowed him to work on a variety of projects, from classical to jazz. All of these different influences surfaced in his many releases during the 1990s. But Stewart's compositions were not limited to film scores alone: in addition to composing a number of ballets, Stewart was commissioned by the Cleveland Opera to compose an opera, which he called Holy Blood And Crescent Moon. As a result of his unique sound, ear, and experience, Stewart's name soon became recognized as one of the most important composers in Hollywood.

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Supported in part by a grant from the Arts Council for Long Beach and the City of Long Beach.
Long Beach Opera events are supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission