(Garden Grove, CA) Oscar nominated for his score to The Passion of the Christ, composer John Debney brought his Passion of the Christ Symphony to the Crystal Cathedral on Sunday, September 11 to benefit the survivors of Hurricane Katrina.  $22,000 was raised, and a truckload of supplies was gathered for delivery.  “It is in the darkest of times that we realize we are one in the brotherhood of humanity,” says Debney. “In this time of utter tragedy and despair, it is important that we transcend the differences we may have and join together as one to help those in greatest need.” Those of all faiths and creeds were invited, and everyone involved donated their time and efforts. 100% of the proceeds went to the American Red Cross.

Written and conducted by Academy Award nominated composer John Debney, The Passion Symphony had its worldwide premiere performance on July 6th in Rome and was attended by several top members of the Vatican, including Archbishop John Foley, who later bestowed the Pope’s blessing.  Sunday’s performance will feature a large choir and orchestra, and will include special guest vocalist Lisbeth Scott. 

The symphony is a major new work based on and drawing from themes Debney composed for the film, the score for which won Debney an Academy Award nomination earlier this year.  The score also was honored with a Dove Award for “Instrumental Album of the Year” at Nashville’s 36th Annual Gospel Music Awards.

This year Debney became the youngest composer to ever receive ASCAP’s prestigious Henry Mancini Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his extraordinary range in scoring some of the most popular films of the last few years including The Princess Diaries (1 & 2), Elf, Sin City, Spy Kids, The Scorpion King, The Pacifier, Liar Liar and The Passion of the Christ. He recently completed scoring the Disney animated feature, Chicken Little; the sci-fi adventure, Zathura; and the family drama, Dreamer: Based on a True Story, featuring violin solos performed by Joshua Bell.