Wednesday, August 15, 2018
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Florida Orchestra adds ‘Home Alone’ movie to Christmas concert lineup

The Home Alone series of movies recalls hits such as Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas and Jingle Bell Rock, but Oscar-winning composer John Williams’ charming score has the lilting nostalgic tone that makes it a Christmas classic. And now the Florida Orchestra plans to make it an event.

With its new season approaching, the Florida Orchestra on Tuesday announced it has added Home Alone to its concert lineup, expanding its movie concerts to four blockbusters this season. The orchestra is already committed to bringing Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Oct. 13-14), Star Wars: A New Hope (Dec. 1) and Empire Strikes Back (Jan. 26) as concert events.

Now little Kevin McCallister’s tale of being left behind from the family’s holiday vacation will play on the big screen while the orchestra plays the score at Ruth Eckerd Hall on Dec. 21, just in time for Christmas. Home Alone will be conducted by new assistant conductor Daniel Black, whose hiring the orchestra announced last week.

Orchestras across the country, including San Francisco and Cincinnati, have picked up on the ticket-selling trend of playing live to popular movies, and the Florida Orchestra has also had great results, selling out recent Harry Potter shows.

Tickets for the special Home Alone in concert are $29-$75 and they go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday along with single tickets to the Florida Orchestra’s entire 2018-19 season, which range from $18 to $65. Tickets will be available at floridaorchestra.org, at (727) 892-3337 or 1-800-662-7286, and at the Florida Orchestra Ticket Center. Season ticket subscribers have VIP priority and can buy tickets now.

Contact Sharon Kennedy Wynne at [email protected] Follow @SharonKWn.

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