The VSO is giving this holiday film classic the live symphony treatment

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra performs ‘Home Alone’ score live at the Orpheum on December 14 and 15

In recent years, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra has ushered in a new live performance series that has quickly become an audience favorite: “Movie Nights with the VSO presented by Telus”.

Pairing popular films with the accompaniment of a live orchestra from the production’s soundtrack, this event is like music to the ears of film buffs and orchestra patrons alike, elevating the cinematic and live music experience to an whole new level of appreciation.

Performed at the Orpheum Theater in the heart of downtown, ‘Movie Nights with the VSO presented by Telus’ previous sold-out performances include the Harry Potter And Star Wars film franchises, as well as cinematic musical masterpieces such as The Wizard of Oz And Singing in the rain. This December, a Christmas comedy classic will return to get the full Movie Nights with the VSO treatment presented once again by Telus.

Back by popular demand this holiday season, ‘Home Alone in Concert’ returns to the Orpheum on 14th and 15th December.

Released in 1990, the hilarious and moving film, starring Macaulay Culkin, Catherine O’Hara and Joe Pesci, features a charming and delightful score by renowned composer John Williams.

During this special event, a screening of the beloved holiday film will include live musical accompaniment by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (conducted by Julian Pellicano), along with a special performance by the Vancouver Bach Children’s Choir. Tickets are available now at vancouversymphony.ca/home-alone-in-concert.

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Get your ‘Home Alone in Concert’ tickets. Photo via Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

Film concerts with a live orchestra are becoming increasingly popular in North American concert halls and theaters. These live shows are a throwback to the early days of Hollywood when movies were accompanied by a small orchestra or pianist inside movie theaters.

Whether you’re watching Home Alone fifteen times or seeing it for the first time, Home alone is guaranteed to provide vacation fun for the whole family or group of friends.

Here are some fun facts you may or may not know about this holiday favorite:

  • Not only was it Home alone the highest-grossing film of 1990, it also held the Guinness World Record for the highest total gross in a single territory ($285.7 million) for a live-action comedy film for 27 years.
  • After the huge commercial success of Home alonethe film’s director Chris Columbus has become one of Hollywood’s top family filmmakers, with a filmography that includes Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, Mrs. Doubtfireand the first two entries in the Harry Potter film series.
  • The scene where Kevin (Macaulay Culkin) reacts after putting on aftershave is one of the most iconic moments not only in Home Alone, but in cinematic history – and was ad-libbed by Culkin, who kept his hands on his cheeks in accidental opposition at the Colombo Directorate.
  • Macaulay Culkin’s younger brother Kieran Culkin made his acting debut as Kevin’s cousin Fuller. The actor has continued to build an impressive career in Hollywood, most recently for his work on HBO’s Succession.

Purchase your tickets for “Home Alone in Concert” at vancouversymphony.ca/home-alone-in-concert.

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