Des Moines Symphony Announces Home Alone in Concert

March 19, 2019


Concert Features Composer John Williams’ Complete Score from Home Alone Performed Live to Picture by The Des Moines Symphony, Conducted by John Beal, November 30 & December 1, 2019

MARCH 19, 2019 — The Des Moines Symphony will kick off the holiday season with Thanksgiving weekend screenings of Home Alone, the classic family comedy. The Orchestra will play John Williams’ Academy Award® -nominated score live as the complete film is shown in HD on a giant screen.

A true holiday favorite, this beloved comedy classic features renowned composer John Williams’ charming and delightful score performed live to picture by the Des Moines Symphony. Macaulay Culkin stars as Kevin McCallister, an 8-year-old boy who’s accidentally left behind when his family leaves for Christmas vacation, and who must defend his home against two bungling thieves.  Hilarious and heart-warming, Home Alone is holiday fun for the entire family!

Home Alone in Concert will be performed on Saturday, November 30, at 7:30PM and Sunday, December 1, at 1:30PM with tickets priced from $20 to $75.


Saturday, November 30, 2019, 7:30 p.m. / Civic Center
Sunday, December 1, 2019, 1:30 p.m. / Civic Center

Des Moines Symphony
John Beal, conductor
Tickets: $20-$75


Tickets will be available for pre-sale beginning on March 26, 2019. At that time, tickets to Home Alone in Concert will be available exclusively as an add-on to any Symphony subscription package during the Symphony’s 2019-2020 renewal and subscription period. Individual and group tickets will go on sale to the general public at a later date. 

Subscription packages can be purchased online beginning March 26, 2019 at, or by calling 515.246.2300. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Civic Center Ticket Office, 221 Walnut Street, Des Moines (open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and beginning two hours before all performances).

The Symphony’s 2019-2020 Season Announcement will take place at 9AM on Tuesday, March 26.

The Film
Distributed by 20th Century Fox, Home Alone was written and produced by John Hughes and directed by Chris Columbus. It was released in 1990 and was the highest-grossing live action comedy film for more than two decades. The score, composed by John Williams, was nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Original Score. In addition, the film also received a nomination for Best Original Song, “Somewhere in My Memory,” with music composed by Williams and lyrics written by Leslie Bricusse. The cast of Home Alone includes Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern, John Heard and Catherine O’Hara.

John Williams, composer
In a career spanning more than five decades, John Williams has become one of America’s most accomplished and successful composers for film and for the concert stage, and he remains one of our nation’s most distinguished and contributive musical voices.  He has composed the music for more than one hundred films, including all eight Star Wars films, the first three Harry Potter films, Superman, Memoirs of a Geisha, Home Alone and The Book Thief.  His 45-year artistic partnership with director Steven Spielberg has resulted in many of Hollywood’s most acclaimed and successful films, including Schindler’s List, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Jaws, Jurassic Park, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, the Indiana Jones films, Saving Private Ryan, Lincoln, The BFG and The Post. Mr. Williams has composed themes for four Olympic Games.  He served as music director of the Boston Pops Orchestra for fourteen seasons and remains their Laureate Conductor.   He has composed numerous works for the concert stage including two symphonies, and concertos commissioned by many of America’s most prominent orchestras.  Mr. Williams has received five Academy Awards and 51 Oscar nominations (making him the second-most nominated person in the history of the Oscars), seven British Academy Awards, twenty-four Grammys, four Golden Globes, and five Emmys.  In 2003, he received the Olympic Order (the IOC’s highest honor) for his contributions to the Olympic movement.  In 2004, he received the Kennedy Center Honors, and in 2009 he received the National Medal of Arts, the highest award given to artists by the U.S. Government.  In 2016 he received the 44th Life Achievement Award from the American Film Institute – the first time a composer was honored with this award.

The Des Moines Symphony
The Des Moines Symphony is a not-for-profit, professional orchestra formed in 1937 to enrich, educate and inspire the community by performing great orchestral music. The Symphony Association, governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees and operating on an annual budget of more than $3.6 million, supports the Symphony Academy and its numerous music education programs including four youth orchestras, and supports the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra which performs seven pairs of Masterworks concerts, a Pops series including the traditional New Year’s Eve Pops, education, outreach and family concerts, and other special events in its home at the Des Moines Civic Center. The organization also produces and performs the Des Moines Symphony’s annual Yankee Doodle Pops concert in July on the grounds of the Iowa State Capitol, which attracts more than 100,000, the largest single day attendance of any concert event in the State.