About this project
“Lamb of God” is a sacred musical work by Rob Gardner. It tells the story of the final days of the life of Jesus Christ, His passion, the atonement, His crucifixion and His resurrection. The events and emotions of those days are mostly told through the eyes of those who knew Him and loved Him: His apostles, Peter, John and Thomas, and the women: Mary Magdalene, Mary His mother and Mary and Martha of Bethany.
See more about the work "Lamb of God" in this video:
"Lamb of God" was recorded by the Spire Chorus and London Symphony Orchestra in June 2010 (check out the album here). It then had its concert premiere in September 2010 at ASU Gammage Auditorium in Tempe AZ with a choir of over 200 voices, a large orchestra and our cast of remarkable soloists.
"Lamb of God" at ASU Gammage Auditorium in Tempe AZ:
It's our desire at Spire Music to share this work with the world. But, it is logistically and financially impossible to take "Lamb of God" live to every city and every person with the size of choir and orchestra the piece demands.
So, it’s our intention to produce a concert film of the sacred work “Lamb of God”, a film intended to be shown in movie theaters across the country, and even the world. Ultimately, it will also be able to be seen on the internet, on DVD, and aired on television, at any time, anywhere on any day of the year, every year.
The anticipated line-up includes:
- The Hollywood Symphony Orchestra, a group of the world’s best musicians who record the soundtracks of almost every film ever released.
- The Spire Chorus, who also recorded the original album of "Lamb of God".
- To-be-announced cast of remarkable soloists and narrators
- Conductor (and the composer) Rob Gardner
- All together on one stage at Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles.
Imagine yourself in a movie theater next Easter, along with friends, family and neighbors and with thousands of others around the world, watching a performance of “Lamb of God” come to life on the big screen, the orchestra and choir in amazing surround sound. That is our intention.
We need your help to accomplish this. Because Spire Music is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, your contribution is tax-deductible. And for your pledge of support, we have several great gifts to offer, from an mp3 of a never-before heard song written and recorded by Rob Gardner, to an invitation to the premiere of the film, special screenings in your town, and even an invite to attend the filming in Los Angeles.
To date, we have already raised over 1/2 of the total budget. The money we've already raised will go to hiring the orchestra, getting all of the performers to Los Angeles, and the major task of marketing and distributing the film to theaters.
Now we need your help raising the remaining $100,000 for the "backbone" production services.
Where your money will go:
Where NO ONE's money will go:
- To Rob. As always, Rob is volunteering his time, talent, resources and even royalties to the project. Not that he doesn't deserve to be paid. He just thinks your money can go to better things. Even so, he promises to wear shoes on this shoot (see video of choir recording).
- To "administrative expenses". Our board and staff are almost all volunteers as well, making our overhead very low. Our administrative costs have always been,and will continue to be, funded by CD and sheet music sales alone.
- And just FYI, our choir and soloists typically volunteer their time and talent as well. We all believe in the power of what we do, and we do it because we love doing it and know it makes a difference.
Any funds raised in excess of our $100,000 goal will be used to market the film to more cities and theaters for Easter 2014. The more funds we raise, the more people we can bring this message in this unique and powerful way.
Thank you as always for your support of our mission!
Risks and challenges
There are two major challenges to this project.
The first is getting everyone together in one place at one time and capturing that performance adequately on film. By working with the most celebrated musicians, technicians, engineers and venues, we have a much greater chance at success.
The second is, after the film is finished, getting it shown in as many theaters as possible around the country. The format and subject matter of the film are unique. But, we believe that such an offering during the Easter season will be an attractive proposition to the theater owners (witness the success of 2004's "The Passion of the Christ"). The key will be creating a powerful visual experience to compliment the magnificent musical one.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Being chiefly a concert film, the visuals of the film will principally be the performance itself. With over 200 performers on stage, in a beautiful venue, with dramatic lighting, there will be plenty to watch. However, we also recognize that in a medium like film, adding visuals depicting the stories and events being portrayed by the music can bring a powerful other level to the experience. To that end, we hope to be able to include artwork and other visuals to augment the performance footage. How we do that and what we're able to use will depend on what kind of funds we can raise.
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