Review: The Toronto Symphony Orchestra: ‘Home Alone In Concert’ (December 7, 2018)



What a tremendous night to start off the holiday season with the musical score of ‘Home Alone In Concert’, conducted by the incomparable Constantine Kitsopoulos, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the Resonance Youth Choir. If you were channelling Scrooge when you entered Roy Thomson Hall – that feeling soon left your body.

We might not have a snowy scene outside in the City of Toronto, but the audience was gifted with a well needed laugh amplified with the help of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the undercurrent of holiday music. The fun piece about ‘Home Alone’s’ holiday music is that it is such an ode to holiday classics that never fade and instantly make you feel good.

The audience was a wonderful mix of children, young couples and adults. The Toronto Symphony hosted such a warm and wonderful afternoon with a huge scene to watch ‘Home Alone’ on, yummy snacks for all and drinks to keep your cheeks rosy.

The Toronto Symphony Orchestra never fails in providing the emotion when marrying their work into these very successful film events. One can not help but dwell on their arrangement in between emotional scenes for example when Kevin is on his own and partying it up at home or when his mother is on transit back to him from Paris.  A truly joyous experience as we head into a busy holiday time when it comes to reflection.

With the addition of the Resonance Youth Choir, the youth provided an added lovely texture to the film. During the pivotal scene where Kevin speaks to Mr. Green in the church and their mutual loneliness, the audience was able to really feel the infusion of the holidays into our hearts.  Comfort and good tidings shone through the screen and the audience felt it in our pores as the youngsters sang their piece with so much glory with The Toronto Symphony Orchestra carrying the audience to the end of the film.

The Toronto Symphony Orchestra has some more amazing HOLIDAY programming in the weeks ahead. Be sure to gab tickets and get fully immersed in the holiday season.  I encourage you to check out their Messiah performances in the later part of December.

Happy Holidays!

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