Soundtrack

Saturdays at 9:00 am

Listen in for film, television, and video game soundtracks.

Soundtrack is WFMT’s new weekly family-friendly (all ages!) classical music show highlighting selected film, television, and video game soundtracks and scores. Hosted by Maggie Clennon Reberg, each episode will include a new film score pick, classic film scores, classical music in film, great PBS scores, a weekly video game score pick, current television scores (including streamed programs), classic television scores and themes, and more. Special contributors will include Chicago Tribune film critic Michael Phillips, who will weigh in on movie soundtracks; and WFMT production assistant Greg Broderick, an aficionado of video game scores.

Portions of the music heard on Soundtrack comes from the Fred Holmes Jr. Memorial Film Score Library.

Music for a Hot Summer Day!

July 24, 2021

If the temperatures are too much for you this week-end, stay in and keep cool with Soundtrack! Michael and Maggie explore the music of American composer David Amram, Greg Broderick heads off to the wild, wild West, and we journey together to the Red River Valley and the mighty Mississippi!

Criminals, Creatures, and Kings! Oh My!

July 17, 2021

Screens Large, Medium, and Small all get their turn this week! Chicago Tribune film critic Michael Phillips investigates an HBO Max crime thriller by Steven Soderbergh, game-master Greg Broderick brings some mystery and music by British Sea Power, and Maggie throws back to some big screen classic adventures, with a little animated mythology in between. Intrigued? Good!

Fantasia Unplugged!

July 10, 2021

In this week’s episode of Soundtrack we take an alternative look at the music behind the magic of Walt Disney’s third animated feature, Fantasia (1940). These classic works have been interpreted many times before and since Leopold Stokowski’s legendary recordings with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Deems Taylor’s elegant narration setting all the scenes. Gabriela Montero, Pascal & Ami Roge, the ...

Ka-BOOM! Independence Day At The Movies!

July 3, 2021

Celebrate the holiday week-end with 4th of July movie classics! Chicago Tribune film critic Michael Phillips begins the festivities with Max Steiner’s brilliant score from Sergeant York (1941).  We’ll explore the world of gaming with Greg Broderick as our time-traveling guide with a trip to late 18th century America via Assassion’s Creed 3-Welcome to Boston. And Maggie serves up an ...

The Legacy of Hollywood Giant Johnny Green

June 26, 2021

Composer/Conductor/Arranger  and Academy Award-winner Johnny Green was behind nearly every major movie musical produced by MGM in the 1940’s and 50’s.  Chicago Tribune film critic Michael Phillips shares tracks from Royal Wedding and Brigadoon, and Maggie continues the tribute with music from West Side Story and An American in Paris. Greg Broderick shares Gareth Coker’s dreamy score for the videogame ...

Celebrate Juneteenth With Q!

June 19, 2021

Today we honor our newest federal holiday, Juneteenth National Independence Day by revisiting a ground-breaking composer who paved the way for a more diverse musical esthetic in movie music. A giant in  the world of popular music, Chicago’s own Quincy Jones, and his award-nominated score for Steven Spielberg’s The Color Purple (1985) Chicago Tribune film critic Michael Phillips has uncovered a ...

Bold Adventures

June 12, 2021

Chicago Tribune film critic Michael Phillips ventures into the film making partnership of director Barry Jenkins and composer Nicholas Britell, and their epic 10-part Amazon series, The Underground Railroad. Maggie sallies out with the music of Soundtrack favourites Jerome Moross and Franz Waxman. And gaming adventurer Greg Broderick explores some fresh territory!

A Look Back: Ennio Morricone (1928-2020)

June 5, 2021

It has been nearly one year since the passing of the great film composer known simply as The Maestro. In anticipation of the documentary on the legendary composer being released on July 6 2021, Chicago Tribune film critic Michael Phillips shares a pick from a movie showing this week at Chicago’s Music Box Theatre, Greg shares a theme by Morricone ...

A Memorial Day Salute: Military Movie Music

May 29, 2021

Soundtrack honors Memorial Day this week-end with music from Terence Blanchard, Richard Rodgers, John Williams, and Hans Zimmer.

“Best of Soundtrack” Celebrates Biodiversity!

May 22, 2021

This week on Best of Soundtrack, we’re showing some love for our planet, and beyond, by celebrating International Day for Biological Diversity on May 22! This is a day dedicated to making sure that Earth remains a place where all creatures—no matter what environment they depend on—can not only survive, but also thrive. Our contribution to the cause is sharing ...

There Are Other Worlds Than These, this week on Best of Soundtrack

May 15, 2021

From an imagined neo-classical Wild Wild West, to Middle Earth, to a planet all too similar to our own (!), Soundtrack journeys to some recently visited musical realms created by composers, Michael Giacchino, Howard Shore and Jerry Goldsmith.

Best of Soundtrack: It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s….Cecile Chaminade!!

May 8, 2021

In this Best of Soundtrack: Superhero Edition, we revisit a John Williams classic theme, and in honor of Mothers’ Day weekend, we’ve created our own “League of Extraordinary Gentlewomen”: Shirley Walker, Kathryn Bostic, Lena Raine, Mel Bonis, Cecile Chaminade, and Dana Suesse!

Best of Soundtrack: Hollywood Edition

May 1, 2021

This week includes an encore of award-winning film music, a favorite videogame pick, and a focus on composers who have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame! We welcome the month of May with a Lerner&Loewe classic, revisit the oscar-winning score for Soul, and focus on past Soundtrack favourites, Ennio Morricine, Alfred Newman, Leonard Bernstein, and explore the concert music ...

Soulful Adventures This Week on Soundtrack

April 23, 2021

Chicago Tribune film critic Michael Phillips introduces the final Oscar-hopeful before this Sunday’s 93rd Academy Awards, music from the animated film Soul, composed by Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross and John Batiste. Greg Broderick takes us on a mythological journey to Hades via the music of Darren Korb. And we set sail with Maggie and her musical shipmates Erich Korngold, Bronislav ...

Adventurous American Heroes in Literature and Music

April 3, 2021

This week on Soundtrack, a very special preview of the new Ken Burns/Lynn Novick film, Hemingway, featuring a piece from the film score and commentary by Burns/Novick collaborator and award-winning producer, composer, and violinist, Johnny Gandelsman.  Also a look back at a classic score by Bernard Herrmann based on an iconic Hemingway novel. For even more music inspired by the ...

More Oscar-Worthy Music of the Past and (Very Near) Future, This Week on Soundtrack!

March 27, 2021

Chicago Tribune film critic Michael Phillips explores Terence Blanchard’s hard-hitting score for one of this year’s nominees, Da 5 Bloods. Soundtrack producer Greg Broderick shares lush pianism from Final Fantasy IX. And Maggie revisits the 2016 biopic Jackie, with Oscar-nominated score by Mica Levi, a nod to the music that took the award instead, and a look back at John ...

Award Winners, Past and Probable, This Week on Soundtrack!

March 20, 2021

Our Celebration of Women’s History Month continues with female film score and video game score composers you should know, including Kathryn Bostic’s Emmy nominated score for a Toni Morrison documentary from 2019 and Maggie and Michael explore two fascinating projects related to the classic Citizen Kane.

It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s….Fanny Mendelssohn!!!

March 13, 2021

The Super Heroes of Women’s History Month save the day this week on Soundtrack! Mild-mannered Chicago Tribune film critic Michael Phillips introduces a classic Superman theme from John Williams, Maggie shares the Caped Crusader’s animated side with a score by one of Hollywood’s top female composers, and Greg Broderick shares more heroic videogame scores. Maggie also discusses a recent documentary ...

Women’s History, All Month on Soundtrack!

March 6, 2021

The month of March is Women’s History Month, and each Saturday we will focus on film scores and soundtracks by female composers. Chicago film critic Michael Phillips makes the first introduction by featuring Mrs. Dalloway, a 1997 movie with a score by Ilona Sekacz. Maggie has a pair of queens in her hand this week! The England of Elizabeth is ...

And That’s a Wrap! Black History Month Concludes with The Great Miles Davis!

February 27, 2021

American trumpeter, bandleader and composer Miles Davis created music for the screen, as well as partnering with arranger Gil Evans to craft classically infused orchestral jazz recordings. Today, as we conclude our month-long celebration of Black film composers, we’ll explore his first film, Ascension to The Gallows, as well as arrangements of George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. Chicago Tribune film ...