THE PASSION OF CHRIST IN CONCERT World Premiere at Auditorium Theatre
CineConcerts, in partnership with Icon Productions, announces a unique and unparalleled concert event: The Passion of the Christ in Concert, which will bring the incredible faith-based Oscar®-nominated film to concert halls worldwide. It will feature a live symphony orchestra and choir performing John Debney’s (Elf, Iron Man 2, The Jungle Book, Hocus Pocus) iconic Oscar® nominated score while the entire film is projected on a 40-foot HD screen. Written, directed, and produced by Oscar® and Golden Globe® winner Mel Gibson, the film focuses on the last twelve hours of Jesus of Nazareth’s life. It received three Oscar® nominations, is the highest-grossing Christian film of all time, and will be first faith-based film ever presented in this format. Conducted by Oscar® nominated composer John Debney, the world premiere will be on April 11th, 2:00PM at Auditorium Theatre. Tickets available on February 21 at https://www.auditoriumtheatre.
John Debney, composer and conductor explains, “I’m so thrilled to bring The Passion of the Christ in Concert to audiences around the world! Writing the music for this iconic film has been one of the highlights of my career. The Passion music speaks to the heart and is meant for people everywhere. It is an inclusive and spiritual experience for people of all faiths and backgrounds.”
In The Passion of the Christ in Concert, experience one of the most unforgettable films in history with John Debney’s unforgettable, powerful and poignant score. Starring Jim Caviezel as Jesus of Nazareth, Maia Morgenstern as the Virgin Mary, and Monica Bellucci as Mary Magdalene, the film opens in the Garden of Olives (Gethsemane) and ends with a brief depiction of Jesus’ resurrection.
Justin Freer, CineConcerts’ cofounder & President states, “We are proud to bring one of the most celebrated films in history to concert stages and audiences around the world. We hope that through music and film we are celebrating this gem and its message for many years to come.”
The world premiere will be conducted by composer John Debney on April 11, 2020, 2:00PM Tickets available on February 21 at auditoriumtheatre.
CineConcerts is one of the leading producers of live music experiences performed with visual media, and is continuously redefining live entertainment. Founded by Producer/Conductor Justin Freer and Producer/Writer Brady Beaubien, CineConcerts has engaged over 2.5 million people worldwide in concert presentations in over 1500 performances in 48 countries. Recent and current live concert experiences include Rudy in Concert, The Harry Potter Film Concert Series, The Da Vinci Code in Concert, Gladiator Live, The Godfather Live, It’s a Wonderful Life in Concert, DreamWorks Animation In Concert, Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage 50th Anniversary Concert Tour, Breakfast at Tiffany’s in Concert, and A Christmas Dream Live.
About Icon Productions
Icon Productions, LLC is an independent motion picture production company founded in August 1989 by Mel Gibson and Bruce Davey.
Over a 29 year period Icon Productions has produced an impressive slate of films including: Hamlet, Forever Young, The Man Without a Face, Airborne, Maverick, Immortal Beloved, 5 time Academy Award®-winner Braveheart, Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina, 187, FairyTale: A True Story, Payback, An Ideal Husband, Felicia’s Journey, What Women Want, We Were Soldiers, The Singing Detective, Paparazzi, Seraphim Falls, Apocalypto, and Get the Gringo.
About John Debney
John Debney is the ultimate film music character actor. In equal demand for family films such as Elf, as he is for adventure films like Iron Man 2, the Oscar-nominated composer also scored the powerful and poignant The Passion of the Christ. Debney is an agile jack-of-all-genres, composing for comedies (Bruce Almighty), sci-fi action (Predators), horror (Dream House) and romance (Valentine’s Day) with the same confidence and panache. Debney is also known for his work in such films as Princess Diaries, Sin City, Liar Liar, Spy Kids, No Strings Attached, The Emperor’s New Groove, I Know What You Did Last Summer and Hocus Pocus. Debney’s work also includes Disney’s The Jungle Book directed by Jon Favreau, Fox’s Ice Age: Collision Course directed by Mike Thurmeier, and Twentieth Century Fox’s award-winning musical The Greatest Showman starring Hugh Jackman and Zac Efron. Debney’s most recent films include The Beach Bum starring Matthew McConaughey and directed by Harmony Korine, the Warner Bros. comedy feature Isn’t It Romantic starring Rebel Wilson, Paramount Pictures’ family adventure feature Dora and the Lost City of Gold, and Bleecker Street’s biopic Brian Banks. Upcoming for Debney is Come Away directed by Brenda Chapman and starring Angelina Jolie.
Born in Glendale, California, Debney’s professional life began after he studied composition at the California Institute of the Arts, when he went to work writing music and orchestrating for Disney Studios and various television series. He won his first Emmy in 1990 for the main theme for The Young Riders, and his career soon hit a gallop. Since then he has won three more Emmys (Sea Quest DSV), and been nominated for a total of six (most recently in 2012 for his work on the Kevin Costner western miniseries Hatfields & McCoys). His foray into videogame scoring—2007’s Lair—resulted in a BAFTA nomination and a Best Videogame Score award from The International Film Music Critics Association.
Debney has collaborated with acclaimed directors as diverse as Robert Rodriguez, Garry Marshall, Mel Gibson, the Farrelly Brothers, Jon Favreau, Jim Sheridan, Ivan Reitman, Peter Chelsom, Rob Cohen, Brian Robbins, Tom Shadyac, Sam Raimi, Adam Shankman, Howie Deutch, Renny Harlin, Peter Hyams and Kenny Ortega. He was nominated by the Academy for his Passion of the Christ score. Inspired by that score, he then created The Passion Oratorio, performed in 2015 in the historic Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba, Spain in front of 6,000 people during Holy Week. In 2005, Debney was the youngest recipient of ASCAP’s Henry Mancini Career Achievement Award.
“If I’m doing my job well,” says Debney, “I need to feel it. I really try to make sure that whatever I’m doing— even if it’s a comedy—that I’m feeling it and feeling either humor or the pathos or the dramatic impact of what I’m seeing. That’s the way I approach it.”