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.

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 ...

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, ...