The Film Score

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Explore some of the silver screen’s finest music.

The Film Score with Chicago Tribune film critic Michael Phillips celebrates music that was composed for and inspired by the movies. Every February leading up to the Academy Awards, Phillips shares daily segments that feature the five Oscar-nominated composers. Hour specials of The Film Score have also explored many genres, including movie musicals and holiday films. 

Women Composing for the Screen

March 4, 2019

In celebration of Women’s History Month, we explore the vast and diverse body of film scores composed by women, from Germaine Tailleferre, who started composing for the silent screen in the 1920s, to Jocelyn Pook, the composer of the critically-acclaimed 2018 movie The Wife with Glenn Close. Music by Mica Levi (Jackie) and Tamar-kali (Mudbound) is featured, as well as selections by ...

Music for Oscar Week 2019

February 25, 2019

Michael Phillips, film critic for the Chicago Tribune, hosts an hour special of The Film Score: Music for Oscar Week 2019, with a recap of the nominated composers.

Great Composer/Director Partnerships

February 18, 2019

Michael Phillips, film critic for the Chicago Tribune, hosts The Film Score: Composer/Director Relationships. Herrmann and Hitchcock; Rota and Fellini; Williams and Spielberg — the list goes on. This program explores the dynamic collaborations of composers and directors.

The Sound of Hollywood

February 11, 2019

Host Michael Phillips presents The Film Score: The Sound of Hollywood. The epicenter of the film industry has inspired countless filmmakers and composers — this program celebrates the many sounds of Tinseltown throughout the decades.

Music for Oscar Week 2018

February 26, 2018

Explore this year's Oscar-nominated film scores with Chicago Tribune film critic Michael Phillips.

Music for the Winter Holidays

December 18, 2017

Stream "The Film Score: Music for the Winter Holidays," hosted by Chicago Tribune film critic Michael Phillips, to hear music from holiday favorites and other wintry classics.

Music for Halloween

October 30, 2017

The Film Score: Music for Halloween, hosted by Chicago Tribune film critic Michael Phillips, presents music from movies that explore the supernatural, the science-fictional, and the demonic (with a few laughs along the way).  Stream The Film Score: Music for Halloween below to hear some of the spookiest sounds scored for the silver screen. The Film Score is made possible, ...

The Film Score: Music for Oscar Week 2017

February 15, 2017

Chicago Tribune film critic Michael Phillips returns to WFMT to present Music for Oscar Week 2017 following the success of our month-long film score series in 2016 and Veterans Day special. Each day throughout Oscar week, Phillips shares music from movie musicals that have received or been nominated for Academy Awards. Starting with The Broadway Melody, the first motion picture ...

Music for Veterans Day with Chicago Tribune film critic Michael Phillips

November 9, 2016

Last February, Chicago Tribune film critic Michael Phillips and WFMT producer Matt DeStefano introduced The Film Score, celebrating great music composed for the movies. Daily segments of The Film Score were tied to the Academy Awards, and the series generated enormous listener response, feedback, and appreciation. It’s encore time. The Film Score: Music for Veterans Day is an hour-long special, once ...