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Stewart Copeland: Police Deranged for Orchestra

Stewart Copeland’s Police Deranged for Orchestra is a high-energy orchestral celebration of legendary rock star and composer Stewart Copeland and his career as the founder of one rock’s most beloved bands, The Police. With more than 60 million records sold worldwide, six Grammy awards, and induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, The Police – founded when Copeland recruited Andy Sommers and Sting in 1977 – have been a defining force in rock music for over forty years.

Police Deranged for Orchestra is bursting with The Police’s biggest hits, including ​‘Roxanne’, ​‘Don’t Stand So Close To Me’ and ​‘Message in a Bottle’. With Copeland on drums, three singers, guitarist and the full symphony orchestra, these unique compositions – also arranged or “deranged” by Copeland – give new life to classic songs and select hits from the career of one of the generation’s greatest and most influential artists.

A post-concert meet and greet with Stewart Copeland is available for $50 per person (standard handling fees apply.) Limit 4 per transaction. Click here to purchase!

The BPO Rocks series is presented by Calspan.

In order to further protect the health, safety and enjoyment of all, we will be implementing a COVID-19 vaccination requirement and a masking policy for all staff, volunteers, performers and audiences at Kleinhans Music Hall. Proof of a recent negative COVID-19 test will no longer be accepted. Details at bpo.org/safety-protocols.


Edwin Outwater, conductor
Ashley Tamar, vocals
Carmel Helene, vocals
Amy Keys, vocals
Rusty Anderson, guitar
Armand Sabal-Lecco, bass

Demolition Man
King of Pain
Murder by Numbers
Tea in the Sahara
One World is Enough
Spirits in the Material World
Walking on the Moon
Every Breath You Take
Walking In Your Footsteps
Beds Too Big Without You
Don’t Stand So Close
Message in a Bottle
Can’t Stand Losing You / Regatta
Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic

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About Stewart Copeland

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.

Copeland moved beyond the rock arena in the mid-1980s when he returned to his classical roots with creative pursuits in concert and film music. His concert works include BEN-HUR, A Tale of the Christ, which features Copeland as soloist in a live orchestral score for the 1925 silent film; Tyrant’s Crush: Concerto for Trapset and Orchestracommissioned by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Poltroons in Paradise commissioned by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra; and Gamelan D’Drum, commissioned by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra for the world percussion group D’Drum.

In 2017, The Chicago Opera Theatre premiered Copeland’s surreal chamber opera The Invention of Morel, a co-commission with Long Beach Opera based on the novel by Adolfo Bioy Casares. Copeland has also written two operas based on stories by Edgar Allen Poe: The Cask of Amontillado and The Tell-Tale Heart. Copeland has continued writing for Opera and 2020 will see the premiere of Electric Saint, commissioned by Staaskapelle Weimar as well as his Oratorio, Satan’s Fall, based on John Milton’s Paradise Lost, which premiered in Pittsburgh in February 2020 and will be performed across the US and UK in 2021.

The 2018/19 season saw Stewart Copeland premiere concerts of his project Stewart Copeland Lights Up the Orchestra, a concert showcasing the life of Stewart and his compositions, from The Police to Spyro the Dragon and Tyrant’s Crush with performances taking place across Germany and the UK.

In 2021, Copeland debuts a new project, Stewart Copeland: The Police Deranged for Orchestra, which focuses on the epic rise of his career. The concert is an evening bursting with The Police’s biggest hits including ‘Roxanne,’ ​‘Don’t Stand So Close To Me,’ and ​‘Message in a Bottle’ arranged for full symphony orchestra as well as hand-picked highlights from Copeland’s compositions. The project will tour across Europe and US throughout 2021 and 2022.

Recipient of the Hollywood Film Festival’s first Outstanding Music in Film Visionary Award, a Grammy nominee for his 2005 CD Orchestralli, and a 2003 inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Copeland has been responsible for some of the film world’s most innovative and ground-breaking scores. His numerous film scores include Oliver Stone’s Wall Street, the seminal score for the Golden Globe-nominated soundtrack for Francis Ford Coppola’s Rumble Fish, the score for Bruno Barreto’s Oscar-nominated Four Days in September, and his Emmy nomination for the Showtime pilot and series Dead Like Me. His work in television includes contributions to The Equalizer, Babylon V, and Desperate Housewives, and he also scored the blockbuster hit video game ‘Spyro.

About Edwin Outwater

A truly visionary conductor, Edwin Outwater regularly works with orchestras and institutions throughout the world, producing, curating, and conducting unique concert experiences. He is equally adept at interpreting canonical works, and regularly premieres new commissions and connects audiences with repertoire beyond the mainstream. He is, in the words of Michael Tilson Thomas, “one of the most innovate conductors on the scene today.” 

Recent guest performance highlights for him include New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, New World Symphony, and the symphony orchestras of Baltimore, Chicago, Seattle, as well as Toronto, Victoria, and Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, where he currently holds the position of Music Director Laureate. In April 2020, Outwater was appointed Music Director of San Francisco Conservatory of Music and began his tenure in September 2020.International appearances include the Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra, Tokyo Symphony, the Brussels Philharmonic, BBCNOW, the New Zealand Symphony, Adelaide Symphony, Malmö Symphony, Mexico City Philharmonic, and Hong Kong Sinfonietta.

Outwater’s recent curations include “Sound Health,” a collaboration with soprano Renée Fleming, The Kennedy Center, and the National Institutes of Health, as well as a jazz version of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, with Wynton Marsalis, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, and the Chicago Symphony. He also appeared with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Carnegie Hall in a concert for families featuring a world premiere of composer Caroline Shaw, narrated by actor John Lithgow.

Outwater holds a long association with the San Francisco Symphony. 2019/2020 season began with a hugely successful collaboration between the orchestra, Outwater, and legendary metal band Metallica at the new Chase Center arena. He also regularly conducts and curates their SoundBox series and “Holiday Gaiety,” an LGBTQ holiday concert he created with drag performer Peaches Christ.

About Ashley Tamar

Ashley Támar, author and powerhouse contemporary vocalist versed in classical to jazz to musical theatre and beyond, is known as the muse & protégé of Prince, gaining notoriety for co-writing their Grammy-nominated duet “Beautiful, Loved, and Blessed” (“3121”/Universal Republic). With a recent achievement having landed as Music Supervisor for the highly anticipated “That Damn Michael Che” show on HBO Max, Ms. Davis proudly hails as a graduate of University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music. Ms. Támar currently co-stars as Chief Linda in the BET+ sitcom “BRUH” and has also authored an edutainment book and workbook for aspiring artists: “100 Things to Know as an Independent Music Artist.” In June 2021, Ms. Davis released her 4th independent album “My Name is Ashley” featuring Jason Moran, Mark Kelly, and Mononeon (just to name a few) as a follow-up to her previously independently released albums: “My Name is Támar” and “I Am the Storm” via her company Syren Music Group. With recent jaw-dropping performances on NBC’s “The Voice: Season X,” Ashley Támar was recently nominated for Best Featured Actress in a Musical (Aretha Franklin, Nina Simone) in the critically acclaimed Broadway film “A Night with Janis Joplin,” which can now be streamed worldwide on BroadwayHD.com. Ms. Támar is the lead actress of “A Topaz Troop,” a children’s television show circulating in numerous festivals including the Los Angeles International Film Festival. Through music as a conduit for reaching people through song, Ashley Támar has successfully initiated various community outreach projects: The Syren Arts Academy, the College, Career, and Empowerment Summit (co-Founded with her mother, Dr. Carolyn Davis), the Támar Talks Podcast, Next Level Houston, and DocFest. Támar has performed an eleven-city national tour “Támar featuring Prince” as well as on Good Morning America, Saturday Night Live, the NAACP Image Awards, the BRIT Awards as well as having been featured in numerous magazines such as Glamour, Billboard, PEOPLE, and VIBE. She has recently been named brand ambassador for Atlas Ocean Voyages and continues to develop innovative creative content with collaborators both nationally and internationally.

About Carmel Helene

Carmel is a diverse singer/songwriter and producer from San Francisco. From street performing solo with her guitar, to traveling to over 34 countries with featured performances for over 80,000 people, she has been a musical veteran for over 25 years.

Carmel’s talents run the gamut from writing and recording to producing and mixing her own compositions, across many genres, with placements in major music libraries. Her voice and songs have been featured in films, national commercials, and television, including National Lampoon’s Gold Diggers, McDonald’s, C.S.I., Jimmy Kimmel Live, Black Monday, The Good Wife, NBC Super Bowl, BET Jazz, Perrier, Iomega, Dr. Pepper, Friedman’s Jewelers, and ABC, ESPN.

She has toured with acts including Miley Cyrus, Billy Ray Cyrus, Michael Bolton, Luis Miguel, and French rock icon, Johnny Hallyday, also appearing as a backing vocalist on shows such as American Idol, The Voice, The Tonight Show, American Music Awards, American Academy of Country Music Awards, Country Music Hall of Fame, Good Morning America, The View, and Teen Choice Awards, to name a few. Carmel has recorded on major-selling albums, and has released her own artist albums as well.

As an original artist, Carmel wrote and produced her first pop rock EP. Her country EP has been featured on Sirius XM radio, KIX Hot Country, Music Connection Magazine, WUSA9, and Good Day DC.

She has played across the country, including opening for Lee Brice, Lady Antebellum, and Chris Janson in the Shipkicker Country Music Festival, Subaru Country Freedom Festival, Coastal Country Jam, Oktoberfest, Disneyland, and the St. Lucia Jazz Festival, and the Capital One Arena halftime and post-game shows. Endorsed by Taylor Guitars, and nominated for Best Female Vocalist in both the California Country Awards and L.A. Music Awards.

Being dually passionate, Carmel continues to help develop and put in place – much needed social betterment programs that work, while writing and producing for herself and other artists, and building her catalog to license music to shows.

About Amy Keys

Amy is a very versatile and accomplished vocalist, writer, producer, and actor. You’ve heard her voice on everything from the Emmy Award Winning NBC NASCAR Superbowl Commercial and the Stanley Cup Playoffs to Tarzan & Tarzan 2, and seen her singing for Coca-Cola.

Originally from Washington, DC; she started singing with groups in college, and her education continued with studies in voice at the Peabody Institute, and in acting with Howard Fine and Master Classes with the original “Virginia Woolf” on Broadway, Ms. Uta Hagen.

The title track of her solo album “Lover’s Intuition” appeared on the soundtrack of the movie “Tap” starring Gregory Hines.

Her first “major” tour was with Leonard Cohen and was quickly followed by a tour with the “LA All Stars”, whose members included Al McKay and Verdine White of Earth, Wind and Fire. Later that same year, she was offered the opportunity to perform with Phil Collins, performing background and lead vocals (including duets) and creating vocal arrangements for his show/albums. She also choreographed the Phil Collins “First Final Farewell Tour” show. Other touring credits include: Herbie Hancock, Barbra Streisand, Toto, Dave Stewart, kd lang, Joe Cocker, Tears for Fears, Kevin Spacey (“Beyond the Sea” Tour), Michael Bolton, Phillip Bailey, and many more. Amy has also sung backgrounds for numerous artists and is an accomplished writer with recording credits including performances with Phil Collins, Stevie Wonder, Ringo Starr, and many more.

Amy served as a representative of the music community on the Governor’s Board of the National Recording Academy (Grammys) and is a member of its Advocacy Board. She also performs as a member and soloist with the Los Robles Master Chorale.

About Rusty Anderson

Rusty Anderson is best known as lead guitarist for Sir Paul McCartney since 2001. Performance highlights include The Super Bowl, Desert Trip, The London Olympics, Roman Colosseum, The White House, Tokyo Dome, Red Square, and multiple studio and live albums. From playing with Animal Logic (Stewart Copeland & Stanley Clarke), performing the national anthem at Dodger Stadium on solo guitar (Dodgers vs. Cubs, August 2016), and joining a host of other artists in the studio to record multi-platinum hits, his credits are wide ranging.

The song “Effortless,” by his band “Rusty Anderson Afternoon,” reached number one on Sirius radio. They also charted on Triple A radio with “Where Would We Go?”  RAA have had multiple TV and film song placements, including for the CBS hit The Big Bang Theory.

Additionally, Rusty has played live and in the studio with many artists including Elton John, Lana Del Rey, Miley Cyrus, Cat Stevens, Willie Nelson, Michael Bublé, Tim McGraw, Carlos Santana, Regina Spektor, Fishbone, Little Richard, among many others. He also wrote and played the guitar solos on Ricky Martin’s mega-hit “Livin’ La Vida Loca.”

About Armand Sabal-Lecco

Born in Ebolowa, Cameroon, bassist and composer Armand Sabal-Lecco was first inspired musically by his siblings Roger (bass, guitar, multi-instrumentalist) and Felix (drums, multi-instrumentalist), reputed contributors to their native country’s rich musical history. As a teenager, Armand rose to prominence in the mid ‘80s in Paris among the pioneering new wave of African musicians who helped redefine the sound of the world music genre.

Since then, as a specialist in creating musical bridges between cultures, Armand’s artistic savoir faire has generated both praise and demand from artists including Sir George Martin, Peter Gabriel, Mercedes Sosa, Ringo Star, João Bosco, Ziggy Marley, Manu Dibango, among many others. He has composed for Carole King, Jeff Beck, Stewart Copeland, and Herbie Hancock. Featured on Stanley Clarke’s 2011 Grammy Jazz Album of the Year was Armand’s piece “Fulani.” He has also received NARAS recognition for his outstanding work on the Grammy Awarded albums “Out of the Loop” and “Return of…” by The Brecker Brothers, Paul Simon’s “Rhythm of the Saints,” and Alejandro Sanz’s “Unplugged.”

Armand recorded the vocals for the track Képéré, sung in Képéré, an eastern Cameroonian dialect, on the feature film Blood Diamonds, as well as advertising campaigns for international brands. Armand’s solo project Positive Army, released in 2012, is a bass-driven, African groove alchemy with jazz harmonies and features a cast of international guest artists.


Friday, October 29, 2021
7:30 pm
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Kleinhans Music Hall
3 Symphony Circle
Buffalo, NY 14201 United States
(716) 885-5000

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