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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 LaRob K. Rafael, 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.

Guilty Pleasures Without The Guilt!

September 18, 2021

James Horner, Randy Newman, John Williams and many other Soundtrack Team favorite composers have created music for all the films we watch over and over again!! Maggie, Greg and Michael have assembled a deliciously indulgent playlist for your non-guilty listening pleasure! Bon Appetit!

Mikis Theodorakis July 29, 1925-September 2, 2021

September 11, 2021

Mikis Theodorakis passed away at the age of 96 on Thursday September 2, 2021 He composed music for the films , Zorba The Greek starring Anthony Quinn (1964), and Serpico (1973) for which he is most well-known in the US, but his musical legacy is much more than soundtracks. Educated at the Paris Conservatory under Olivier Messiaen, Theodorakis created song ...

Classics, favorites and Brand New Discoveries!

September 4, 2021

Something for everyone on this first Saturday in September! Chicago Tribune film critic Michael Phillips treats us to music as familiar as an old friend, Aaron Copland’s Our Town. Gaming maven Greg Broderick reminds us why we love the gentle guardian spirit, Ori. Maggie makes us endure a Hawaiian Hitchcock thriller, and then eases the anxiety with classics by Leonard ...

Go West!

August 28, 2021

Special Guest Host Robbie Ellis is back this week with epic adventures from the Golden West, and more! Chicago Tribune film critic Michael Phillips features a Soundtrack Listener Favorite, Jerome Moross’s The Big Country (1958) Rootin’-Tootin’ gamer Greg Broderick shares Woody Jackson’s score from Red Dead Redemption II. John Williams’ one and only Western, The Cowboys (1972) in a recording ...

It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s……..Shirley Walker!

August 21, 2021

Today’s Superhero Episode features American composer Shirley Walker’s 1993 score for the animated DC comics film, Batman: Mask of The Phantasm. Mild-mannered Chicago Tribune film critic Michael Phillips offers up an iconic superhero classic by John Williams, Superman. Caped Crusader Greg Broderick revisits Christopher Larkin’s Hollow Knight. Special Guest Host Robbie Ellis wraps things up with music by Chen Yi ...

Oooh La LA! August in Paris!

August 14, 2021

Soundtrack takes a summer holiday to The City of Light with music by Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Charlie Parker and more!

There Are Other Worlds Than These…

August 7, 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.

That Green and Pleasant Land

July 31, 2021

This week’s episode of Soundtrack is all over the map….and that includes England! Michael has two chivalrous choices hearkening back to the Camelot legend, and Maggie explores all things Anglo with picks by  John Barry,  Ralph Vaughan Williams, and of course a classic by Lerner&Loewe!

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!

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