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.

It’s a Double-Birthday, this week on Soundtrack!

November 28, 2020

Two American composers, each with their own iconic style, are celebrated this week on Soundtrack. Chicago Tribune film critic and Soundtrack “leading man”, Michael Phillips brings a lesser-known score by Alex North, born on December 4, 1910. We’ll hear cuts from North’s 1951 film score, A Streetcar Named Desire. And did you know jazz great Dave Brubeck’s music made an ...

Heroes Against All Odds, This Week on Soundtrack

November 21, 2020

Chicago Tribune film critic Michael Phillips takes us through music composed for the 2020 Neo-Western drama, Let Him Go. Soundtrack producer and heroic gamer Greg Broderick explores music from Hollow Knight. And Maggie cheers for underdogs William Wallace, Davy Crockett and Robin Hood through the film scores of James Horner, Dmitri Tiomkin and Erich Korngold!

Big Movies require Big Music!

November 14, 2020

On this week’s Soundtrack, Maggie and Chicago Tribune film critic Michael Phillips explore the film and chamber music of Jerome Moross. Soundtrack producer Greg Broderick shares a piano work feature in Final Fantasy X. And a hometown treat from our own Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus! Excerpts from the 2012 movie, Lincoln, with a score by John Williams.  

The Golden Age of Hollywood from a Surprising Musical Source!

November 7, 2020

Michael Phillips introducing us to David Fincher’s latest, Mank, a new take on Classic Hollywood, with a score by Nine Inch Nails members Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. And New Hollywood meets Old Hollywood, with Max Steiner’s The Three Musketeers, from director Rowland V. Lee’s epic 1935 motion picture. And Soundtrack is delighted to welcome our newest contributor, Stacy Gerard ...

“IT’S ALIVE!” A Modern Composer Breathes New Life into a Horror Classic

October 31, 2020

Soundtrack celebrates Halloween with a plastic-pumpkin-full playlist of scary favorites: classic, contemporary, and a little bit of both! Michael Shapiro’s Frankenstein: The Movie Score was created to be performed simultaneously with the classic 1931 talkie starring Colin Clive and Boris Karloff and directed by James Whale.  Although the original movie has sound, Frankenstein had no film score since the technology did ...

Remembering Leonard Bernstein, this week on SoundTrack

October 10, 2020

This Wednesday, October 14 2020, marks thirty years since the passing of Leonard Bernstein (August 25, 1918-October 14, 1990) Maestro Bernstein was one of the most significant and influential musical and cultural figures in the 20th century, and his contributions to the world of theatre and cinema are benchmarks for greatness. Although he composed only three works for the screen, ...

A Spooky Start to October this Saturday on Soundtrack!

October 3, 2020

This Week on Soundtrack: Michael Phillips shares a pick from the new psychological thriller, The Nest. The score is composed by Grammy-Award winner and indie rocker, Richard Reed Parry, core member of Arcade Fire. Greg Broderick adds to the spooky fun with the latest from the classic Mario Brothers game franchise, Luigi’s Mansion 3! Plus, Oliver and Maggie share some ...

The Best of Old and New, this week on Soundtrack

September 26, 2020

Michael Phillips features a new work by Chicago’s own Seth Boustead, Greg Broderick’s pick is a video game selection inspired by Pachelbel’s famous canon, and Maggie shares a classic by John Barry.

This Week on Soundtrack!

September 19, 2020

Michael Phillips and Greg Broderick treat us to some classics!