Toronto Symphony Orchestra Presents Tim Burton's 'The Nightmare Before Christmas' Live in Concert

Performances and film screenings take place October 28 and 29

BY Megan LaPierrePublished Oct 13, 2022

In the perfect merger of Halloween and Christmas, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) will be presenting two screenings of Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas, with Danny Elfman's score performed live by the ensemble, at Roy Thomson Hall on October 28 and 29.

Conducted by Sarah Hicks, the blended holiday hijinx will get its bones reanimated as the Orchestra captures the gothic animated film's mood, as set by legendary composer Elfman. Famously, he also composed the theme for The Simpsons and was the bandleader for Oingo Boingo, and last year released his first solo studio album in 37 yearsBig Mess.

It was 1993 — a long time ago, longer now than it seems, in a place that perhaps you've seen in your dreams — when storied American filmmaker Burton's festive cult classic, directed by Henry Selick, was first released. The Nightmare Before Christmas follows Jack Skellington, Pumpkin King of Halloween Town, amid the tricks and treats of his mission to take over the Christmas holiday. Ignoring the advice (and feelings) of rag doll Sally, Skellington carries out a plan to kidnap Santa Claus, enlisting fellow Halloween enthusiasts Lock, Shock and Barrel to help him.

Tickets to experience The Nightmare Before Christmas like never before are on sale now via the TSO's website. You know what to do: "This is Halloween — everybody make a scene!"

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