CHRISTMAS AT THE MOVIES
Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with a program of XMAS-related movie-soundtracks and songs. Timeless music from THE POLAR EXPRESS, THE HOLIDAY, HOME ALONE and ELF, romantic tunes from BRIDGET JONES and LOVE ACTUALLY, combined with the most popular Christmas-songs arranged for full orchestra… White Christmas, All I Want For Christmas Is You, Let It Snow and many others.
Christmas movies stand out not only for their heartwarming stories but also for their captivating soundtracks that help transport viewers into the magical world of the holidays.
LOVE ACTUALLY, directed by Richard Curtis and released in 2003, is a romantic comedy that weaves together multiple love stories set against the backdrop of Christmas in London. The film’s soundtrack, composed by Craig Armstrong, plays a pivotal role in conveying the emotions and romantic themes of the movie. Tracks like “Portuguese Love Theme” and “Glasgow Love Theme” beautifully capture the essence of love and longing, while the use of orchestral arrangements adds depth to the emotional moments throughout the film. The soundtrack also features iconic holiday songs like “All I Want for Christmas Is You” by Mariah Carey, which have become synonymous with the holiday season.
In THE HOLIDAY, a 2006 romantic comedy directed by Nancy Meyers, Hans Zimmer’s soundtrack complements the film’s heartwarming and comedic narrative. The soundtrack employs a mix of orchestral arrangements, piano melodies, and light-hearted tunes that mirror the characters’ journeys of self-discovery and love. Tracks like “Maestro” and “Gumption” showcase Zimmer’s ability to create music that enhances both the emotional depth and the comedic timing of the film. With its cheerful and melodic compositions, the soundtrack adds an extra layer of enchantment to the picturesque winter settings and joyful moments of the story.
THE POLAR EXPRESS, released in 2004 and directed by Robert Zemeckis, is an animated adventure film that captures the magic of Christmas through the eyes of a young boy who embarks on a journey to the North Pole aboard a magical train. Alan Silvestri’s orchestral score is a cornerstone of the film’s enchanting atmosphere, combining orchestral arrangements with choral elements to evoke a sense of wonder and excitement. The score’s standout song “Believe” captures the film’s central message about the power of belief and the spirit of Christmas. Silvestri’s music not only supports the film’s narrative but also helps create a memorable and immersive experience, making viewers feel like they are on their own magical journey alongside the characters.
In the heart of the holiday season, one film stands as a timeless emblem of joy, laughter, and the spirit of Christmas: HOME ALONE. Released in 1990 and directed by Chris Columbus, this family comedy has etched its place in cinematic history, charming generations with its endearing story and hilarious escapades. But beyond the ingenious pranks and Kevin McCallister’s resourcefulness, there’s another aspect that weaves an enchanting spell around the movie – the iconic music composed by the legendary John Williams.
The film’s main theme, “Somewhere in My Memory,” sets the tone for the entire movie. Its gentle, nostalgic quality evokes the warmth of family gatherings during the holiday season, instantly transporting the audience into the festive atmosphere of the McCallister household. This theme acts as a thread that runs through the film, reminding us of the importance of home, family, and the connections that matter most.
A remarkable evening of music and merriment, where the rich tapestry of movie soundtracks and timeless Christmas classics blend seamlessly to create an unforgettable experience.