Monday MON 1 April 2024
Tuesday TUE 2 April 2024
Tuesday TUE 9 April 2024
Wednesday WED 1 March 2017
Friday FRI 3 March 2017
Sunday SUN 5 March 2017

Steward Copeland © Erik Holsvik

ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien / Copeland / Emery

»Niblo: Ben Hur«

Monday 6 March 2017
19:30 – ca. 21:30
Großer Saal



ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien

Stewart Copeland, Schlagzeug

Robert Emery, Dirigent


Film »Ben Hur« (Regie: Fred Niblo, USA 1925)

Stewart Copeland

Musik zu »Ben Hur« (Regie: Fred Niblo, USA 1925)


Gemeinsam veranstaltet mit RSO Wien
Medienpartner Der Standard

Subscription series Percussive Planet
Das STANDARD-Konzerthaus-Abo

Links https://rso.orf.at

Presented by Wiener Konzerthausgesellschaft

»Ben Hur«

Stewart Copeland, former drummer of the New Wave band, »The Police«, has composed an intoxicating live soundtrack for the silent film »Ben Hur«. Together with the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Robert Emery, Copeland uses both pictures and sound to tell the story: the legendary chariot race in Ben Hur is the focus, both musically and rhythmically of Copeland's score.
The epic »Ben Hur« from 1925 is one of the great classics of silent film. Director Fred Niblo links the life and adventures of the Jewish businessman Ben Hur with the life of Christ and the Roman occupation of Jerusalem. »Ben Hur« depicts the fall of Egypt, the ascent of Rome and the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem. All these events mark the start of recent history and their effects can still be felt today. The new setting and tonal expansion underline the topicality of the story. And the visualisation of the historic cinematic pictures and techniques is particularly interesting. Major themes such as friendship, love and betrayal, as well as the elaborate battle and crowd scenes made »Ben Hur« a box office hit and ensured its cult status today.
As the starting point for his score, the US drummer and composer Stewart Copeland chose the film's subtitle, »A Tale of the Christ«, which points to passionate and religious emotions. In typical Hollywood style, they highlight the basic musical atmosphere: big emotions, pathos, action-packed staccato, oriental exoticism and romantic sequences. As the soloist, Copeland fulfils all expectations: powerfully virtuosic, but at the same nuanced, he plays the drums as a master of the rock syncope. Copeland owes his unmistakable style to a childhood spent in Syria and Lebanon. The complex, polyrhythmic structures of his playing are audibly inspired by oriental music and that completes the circle to »Ben Hur«.


Wiener Konzerthaus
Lothringerstrasse 20
A-1030 Wien

Telephone +43 1 242 002
Fax: +43 1 24200-110

Opening and telephone hours
September to June

Monday to Friday 10.00 am to 6.00 pm
Saturday 10.00 am to 2.00 pm

July and August

Monday to Friday 10.00 am to 2.00 pm

September to June: Sundays and public holidays | 24th December | Good Friday
July and August: Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays
Please purchase your tickets on these days online.

Evening box office

1 hour prior to performances
Only ticket purchases and collections for the events of the respective day or evening can be made.

The Wiener Konzerthaus would like to thank all its sponsors and cooperation partners.