Film composer John Debney brings his Passion of the Christ Symphony based on his Oscar-nominated score for the film to North Little Rock\'s Alltell Arena on Sat., May 6, 7 p.m.. Debney will conduct over 200 musicians performing his inspiring work, which made its worldwide premiere last July at Rome\'s Saint Cecilia Arena and ended with a 15 minute standing ovation. Tickets are available now at $41.75, $51.75, or for premium seats at $76.75. With purchase of a premium seat, audience members will be invited to a \"Meet & Greet\" with John Debney and vocal soloists and will also receive a copy of The Passion of the Christ Symphony. Group tickets are available for $25 on orders of 15 tickets or more and also receive a pair of complimentary tickets. Tickets are available by phone or online by calling 501-975-7575 or logging onto www.ticketmaster.com.
Under Debney\'s direction, the performance will feature a full orchestra, ethnic and ancient instruments such as duduk, bamboo flute, and Japanese taiko drums. A visual arts presentation will accompany the show featuring images of artwork and photography highlighting key moments in the music. According to Debney, \"The Passion of the Christ Symphony is something I have wanted to do ever since I composed the musical score to Mel Gibson\'s film.\"
Referring to the music, director/producer Mel Gibson commented, \"This score, with its mix of ethnic authenticity and symphonic sweetness, propels the images to a higher, almost lyrical plane. It had to be an extraordinary piece of work, something that helped the images. It had to tell a lot. John made my film 10 times better.\"
The RIAA Gold Certified \"The Passion of the Christ\" original soundtrack recording on Sony Music/Integrity topped Billboard\'s Soundtrack Chart its first full week of sales and remained number one for weeks. The film has grossed over half a billion dollars at the box office worldwide.
John Debney is one of the most successful composers in Hollywood. Last year, he became the youngest recipient of ASCAP\'s Henry Mancini lifetime achievement award. Debney\'s diverse list of film credits includes Sin City, Elf, Chicken Little, The Scorpion King, Bruce Almighty and Spy Kids. Debney utilizes his classical training along with a strong knowledge of contemporary sounds in order to adapt to his assignments.