All I Want for Christmas
For many, the holiday season includes the traditional viewing of movie classics. There’s “Holiday Inn,” with Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas,” “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” “A Christmas Story,” and “It’s a Wonderful Life.”
This year’s Holiday Pops performance includes two pieces from movies: the music of John Williams from “Home Alone” and Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas from “Love, Actually.”
John Williams, who was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Score for “Home Alone” studied at The Juilliard School with the hopes of becoming a concert pianist. He then became interested in jazz and composing. After moving to Los Angeles, he became a studio musician in Los Angeles, playing piano on a number of movie scores including “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “Some Like it Hot.” He is now known for writing the scores for such classics as “Jaws,” “Star Wars,” and “Schindler’s List.”
“Love, Actually,” which premiered in 2003, takes place in London during the holiday season and features an all-star cast that includes Liam Neeson, Hugh Grant, Keira Knightley, and Emma Thompson. The movie’s closing musical number is All I Want For Christmas, a song written by pop star Mariah Carey and Walter Afanasieff. The song was part of Carey’s first holiday album, “Merry Christmas” and was sung in the movie by then 11-year-old Olivia Olson.