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July 19, 2016

Stewart Copeland Joins Colorado Symphony to Perform Original Composition “Tyrant’s Crush” in New Show Added to 2016/17 Season



Media Contact: 
Rachel Trignano, Manager of Public and Community Relations 
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July 18, 2016 – Denver, CO – The Colorado Symphony announces the addition of a one-of-a-kind performance to their 2016/17 season with “Tyrant’s Crush,” an original concerto by composer Stewart Copeland, who is also the former drummer of rock band The Police. A single performance will be held on Saturday, February 25, 2017, at 7:30pm in Boettcher Concert Hall in Downtown Denver. 


“Tyrant’s Crush” tells the story of the rise and fall of young revolutionaries who become undone by their own power and prestige. It’s an unusual storyline paired with a rare musical arrangement: the work emphasizes percussion and timpani, and Copeland will play his trapset drums onstage alongside the orchestra.  


The concert takes place around the one-year anniversary of its debut with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, who originally commissioned the work. Copeland is excited to continue his national tour in Denver: At the premiere of ‘Tyrant‘s Crush’ in Pittsburgh and again in Ventura County earlier this year, I found that a supposedly ‘classical’ orchestra can indeed burn the house down as well as any rock band. I hope the folks in Denver get that same excitement when we fire up the percussions in February with the Colorado Symphony.”  


Copeland is also joined onstage by the Colorado Symphony’s Australian-native Associate Conductor Christopher Dragon, who is known for his energetic performance and presence  


Tickets go on sale for the general public on MondayAugust 1, 2016, at 10:00am at or by phone at 303.623.7876.  






For more information or to request interviews of the Colorado Symphony, please contact: 

Rachel Trignano, Manager of Public and Community Relations – 303.308.2477  


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For more information or to request interviews of Stewart Copeland, please contact: 

Caroline Heaney 

Tour Publicity Manager, Bucklesweet Media – Office: 202.636.3503 


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The 2016/17 Colorado Symphony Season is presented by Arrow Electronics. Support also provided by: The Scientific & Cultural Facilities District (SCFD), 9News, and United Airlines. 




Tickets are available online at, by phone at 303.623.7876, and in person at the Boettcher Concert Hall Box Office, Denver Performing Arts Complex, 1000 14th Street. The Box Office is open Monday – Friday, 10 am – 6 pm; Saturday, noon – 6 pm; and two hours prior to each performance. 





Stewart Copeland has spent three decades in the forefront of contemporary music as a rock star, acclaimed film score writer, and composer in the disparate worlds of opera, ballet, world music and chamber music. In 1977, Stewart formed The Police, a band that became a defining force in rock music. He spent twenty years as a successful film and TV composer, working for the likes of Francis Ford Coppola on Rumblefish and Oliver Stone on Wall Street. Stewart went on to form Animal Logic with Stanley Clarke and Oysterhead with Trey Anastasio and Les Claypool, meanwhile finding time to win the Archie David Cup with his polo team. His first opera, “Holy Blood and the Crescent Moon” was commissioned for the Cleveland Opera in 1989. Awards include the keys to the city of Milan, The Chevalier of the Order of Arts & Letters (France), five GRAMMYand induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  




One of the leading orchestras in the United States, the Colorado Symphony performs more than 150 concerts annually at Boettcher Concert Hall in downtown Denver and across Colorado. Led by Music Director Designate Brett Mitchell, the Colorado Symphony is home to eighty full-time musicians, representing more than a dozen nations, and regularly welcomes the most celebrated artists from the world of symphonic music and beyond. Every season, the Colorado Symphony serves more than 250,000 people from all walks of life, performing a range of musical styles, from traditional to contemporary. Recognized as an incubator of innovation, creativity, and excellence, the Colorado Symphony continually expands its reach through education, outreach, and programming. The Colorado Symphony partners with the state’s leading musical artists, cultural organizations, corporations, foundations, sports teams, and individuals to expose diverse audiences to the transformative power of music. To learn more, visit