“Home Alone” at Verizon Hall

Posted: December 29, 2016 in Articles

Over our Christmas break, we did all of our normal Christmas-y activities, which includes watching Christmas movies. One of the movies we usually watch is Home Alone. If you don’t know it, it is, shockingly enough, about a person who’s home alone. This year, however, we didn’t watch it at home as usual. We went up to Philadelphia to see it in Verizon Hall, where the Philadelphia Orchestra plays most of their concerts.

You may be surprised and possibly skeptical to hear that the Philadelphia played the soundtrack to Home Alone while it was projected onto a sizable screen – I certainly was when I heard about it. But we ended up going, and it was quite an interesting experience.

Having watched the movie several times before, I know that the musicians played all the music right on time and, if you were focusing on the movie, it was very easy to forget that the soundtrack was being played live by an orchestra. I was personally very curious as to how the conductor knew exactly when to bring the orchestra in; I eventually figured out that he had a little screen playing the movie on his podium. When the orchestra was supposed to come in, there would be a green bar going across the conductor’s screen. His screen also had a counter that indicated the tempo.

Also, one could argue that the best part of the experience was the opening to the movie, which, yes, the orchestra played. It was awesome!

Overall, it was an enjoyable experience. We got to hear a very good orchestra as well as a very good choir. On a side note, we found glass wall with names on it. One of the names was Patrick Starr. We found that rather amusing. If you know anything about Sponge Bob Squarepants, then you know why 🙂

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