Cue Holiday Nostalgia: SF Symphony Performs Live Score of 'Home Alone'

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The San Francisco Symphony performs a live score of 'Home Alone' Dec. 19-21 at Davies Symphony Hall.  (20th Century Fox/SF Symphony)

Home Alone, about an eight-year-old boy who defends his house from burglars when his family forgets to take him on vacation, is the highest-grossing holiday movie of all time for a reason. With its slapstick humor and adorable performance by Macaulay Culkin, it celebrates the ingenuity and creativity of children amid a dreary adult world, reminding us that a kid-like curiosity and humor can help us navigate life's challenges.

Since its 1990 release, Home Alone became a timeless classic with inter-generational appeal, and sources with children tell me that elementary school kids are still into it these days. Which is why the San Francisco Symphony's Home Alone screening, with a live performance of the Academy Award-winning soundtrack, makes for perfect family-friendly holiday entertainment.

For the live score, the world-class orchestra collaborates with the Young Women's Choral Projects of San Francisco, Ragazzi Boys Chorus and San Francisco Symphony Chorus, with Randall Craig Fleischer as conductor. Screenings take place at Davies Symphony Hall on Dec. 19–21. Details here.