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.

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 ...

Revolutionary Movie Music!

February 20, 2021

This week on Soundtrack, Chicago Tribune film critic Michael Phillips takes us back to 1981, with a movie about the life and career of John Reed, the journalist who chronicled the Russian Revolution. Reds, director Warren Beatty’s epic historical drama, with music by Stephen Sondheim and Dave Grusin. Then we’re off to Paris, continuing our celebration of Black History Month, ...

Hollywood’s Jazziest Film Score Composer AND and an Early Valentine Treat, This Week on Soundtrack

February 13, 2021

Black History Month is the focus on Soundtrack this February. Today we feature the music of Duke Ellington including the 1965 Frank Sinatra film, Assault on A Queen, and one of Duke’s symphonic compositions honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Three Black Kings. And for an early Valentine treat , Chicago Tribune film critic Michael Phillips has a classic love ...

Soundtrack Celebrates Black History Month

February 6, 2021

Each Saturday in February, Soundtrack takes a look at ground-breaking composers who paved the way for a more diverse musical esthetic in movie music. This Saturday we’ll explore 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 real ...

A Trip to Paris AND Middle Earth, this week on Soundtrack!

January 30, 2021

Chicago Tribune film critic Michael Philips shares a cut from Sinatra, Live in Paris, a rare Sinatra recording created in 1962 but not released until 1994! Soundtrack producer and Gaming Maestro Greg Broderick shares one of his favourites from 2020, Dave Schwan revisits one of the most popular Soundtrack features from last spring, and Maggie reminds us that Not All ...

Classic Jazz, Unforgettable Stories and The Wild West!

January 23, 2021

This week on Soundtrack we continue to explore the archives, and dig deeper into the works of previously explored composers Alfred Newman and Ramin Djawadi.

More Treasures from the Soundtrack Archives!

January 16, 2021

As we continue the celebration of Soundtrack’s first year on the air, we revisit some favourites from the archives! Michael has a classic from Maurice Jarre, Greg turns back the clock to LA Noire, and Maggie takes a deep dive into the world of John Barry! Portions of the music heard on Soundtrack comes from the Fred Holmes Jr. Memorial ...

A New Regency hit, and old Soundtrack favourites!

January 9, 2021

This week on Soundtrack, Chicago Tribune film critic Michael Phillips indulges in the frothy new Netflix series, Bridgerton! Gaming guru Greg Broderick re visits a jazzy favourite, and Maggie takes a deep dive into previous Soundtrack featured composer, Elmer Bernstein.  

Happy Birthday, Soundtrack!

January 2, 2021

We have been sharing music created for the screen — screens large, medium, and small — for a whole year now and that is cause for celebration! Soundtrack turns one year this week, and for the month of January, we will share some archival selections and some lesser-known classics from the Soundtrack library. Chicago Tribune film critic Michael Phillips and ...

And That’s a Wrap…on Christmas Movie Music 2020!

December 26, 2020

Happy Boxing Day! We’ll be wrapping up our month-long celebration of “Christmas At The Movies” on this Saturday’s edition of Soundtrack! Two new guest contributors, Robbie Ellis and The Midnight Special‘s Marilyn Rea Beyer, will share some special holiday moments in movie music. And Soundtrack regulars, Michael Phillips, Greg Broderick and Maggie Clennon Reberg will tie a bow on this ...

Barely a Week Before Christmas, But We Just Couldn’t Wait!

December 19, 2020

Christmas is Coming, the Goose is Getting Fat, Christmas Movie Music for You this Sat(urday)!! In addition to festive favorite from Chicago Tribune film critic Michael Phillips, WFMT producer and gaming-guru Greg Broderick, and Soundtrack host Maggie, we are pleased to welcome back guest contributor Anna Goldbeck and introduce a new member of the Soundtrack Family, Senior Vice President and ...

More Gifts Arriving from your WFMT Family!

December 12, 2020

Movies are such a nostalgic part of many holiday traditions and we can’t wait to share our favourites with you! This week on Soundtrack, in addition to festive choices from Chicago Tribune film critic Michael Phillips and Soundtrack producer and Gaming-Elf Greg Broderick, Maggie introduces some new contributors and welcomes back a familiar voice or two! Welcome to Kathy Keilar, ...

An Early Gift for You

December 5, 2020

Festive film favorites from WFMT friends and family!

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 ...