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"Home Alone": Movie and Music

Dec. 19

When you’re a dopey little kid, you just kind of assume anything that sounds serious or fancy or has a choir or bells in it has to be some kind of timeless Christmas music (I used to think Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Born To Run’ was a Christmas song) that’s been around for decades and decades. So, John Williams’ score to “Home Alone”—the movie in which a young boy played by Macaulay Culkin gets forgotten and as a result spends the holidays at his parents’ house all alone and systematically tortures two bumbling burglars who try to break in—always seemed like it must have been some timeless piece of classical music to our little kid brain, which is a compliment to the touching, hammy score. Encounter this slapstick-y modern Christmas classic’s music at the Meyerhoff by way of a live score set to the movie, conducted by Nicholas Hersh and featuring the Baltimore Choral Arts Society. It’s a slightly classier way to witness Daniel Stern get hit in the face with an iron or Joe Pesci taking a blowtorch to his head. 3 p.m, 7 p.m., the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St., (410) 783-8000, bsomusic.org, $19-$62. (Brandon Soderberg)

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