“This is my house. I have to defend it.” – Kevin McCallister, Home Alone
Home Alone is not your grandma’s Christmas movie, full of snowflakes, mistletoe, and family gathered around the fire. Kevin McCallister, played by Macaulay Culkin, is left home alone when his family takes off for a Paris vacation and forgets all about him. At first he loves his newfound freedom. Then he has to defend his house from two very bungling burglars. My kids loved this movie. It is time to introduce my grandkids to Kevin McCallister. Home Alone is this grandma’s Christmas movie.
The Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Governor’s School for the Arts, and Virginia Arts Festival are joining forces to perform the John Williams soundtrack of Home Alone live while the movie is playing on the big screen at Chrysler Hall on Saturday, November 26.
What a brilliant idea. Not only can we all watch this hilarious movie, written by the great John Hughes and directed by Chris Columbus, we can watch it in beautiful Chrysler Hall with the combined Virginia Symphony Orchestra and the Governor’s School for the Arts Orchestras performing the score live on stage. This is a one time only performance. The Saturday after Thanksgiving. A perfect way to start the holiday season with your family.
The person behind this brilliant idea is Jeff Phelps, Music Director of the Governor’s School for the Arts Orchestra, and a graduate of GSA. There will be about 100 extremely talented young musicians on the stage, including members of the chorus, performing with the VSO. Jeff was looking for a Christmas movie with a great score.
You can’t argue with a John Williams score, perfect for a full orchestra. He was looking for something “edgy and funny.” He says his students “love it.”
Last year, they presented some of John Williams’ music from Star Wars, but this will be the first time they are “taking the next step to perform an entire film score with the film.”
“It is an exciting opportunity, especially as part of this remarkable collaboration with community arts organizations committed to bringing people together,” he said.
“It is in our DNA to collaborate with all the arts organizations,” said Rob Cross, Artistic Director of the Virginia Arts Festival.
That is an amazing amount of collaboration and cooperation. Benjamin Rous will be conducting all these talented musicians. It will take an amazing amount of synchronization to keep the orchestra and chorus in perfect time with dialogue and action taking place on the big screen. There is a lot of action in Home Alone. Benjamin Rous will have two screens in front of him. He will be watching the screens and directing the musicians. It’s going to be like juggling ten plates with two hands.
Home Alone on the big screen with a full orchestra and chorus performing the soundtrack is a great way to share some of the “cultural treasures of Hampton Roads.” It’s going to be a show everyone in your family will enjoy.
For more information on how to purchase tickets, go here.