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Enjoy ‘Home Alone’ With the Philly Orchestra

See the now-classic movie with sumptuous sound.

Back in the 1910s and 1920s, in the days before movies had sound, orchestras would often perform live to provide musical accompaniment to the films. This tradition has been revived in recent years, often in conjunction with revival screenings of old movies.


This week, for the holidays, the Philadelphia Orchestra will be accompanying something that’s classic, although much younger: The 1990 film Home Alone. It’s hilarious, if somewhat violent and peppered with bawdy humor. If your kids have never seen it, why not start a holiday tradition this year?


Beginning Tuesday night at Verizon Hall, the orchestra will perform the entirety of the film’s score, which was composed by the legendary John Williams, also known for the music to the Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and Superman films. Constantine Kitsopoulos will conduct, with The Choirs at the College of New Jersey also participating.


Home Alone plays Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights, all at 7 p.m.


Directed by Chris Columbus and produced by John Hughes, Home Alone stars a then-10-year-old Macaulay Culkin as Kevin McCallister, who is left alone at home at Christmastime when his entire large family takes off for a European vacation. Kevin then spends the entire second half of the movie booby-trapping his house to fight off a pair of bumbling burglars (Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern.)


Tickets are available at the Philadelphia Orchestra website for all three shows.


Photograph by Jessica Griffin, courtesy of the Philadelphia Orchestra. 



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