Reel Music

Reel Music

From the earliest days of so-called silent cinema, to contemporary times with blockbusters like Star Wars, the orchestra has been crucial to the development of film. Host Matt Rogers takes you to the movies for the greatest film scores of all time, Saturdays at 6PM MST on Classical KBACH!

Upcoming Episodes

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month
Saturday, September 25, 2021
This time on Reel Music, we’re celebrating the contributions of Hispanic and Latin American film composers who have left their mark on Hollywood: Lalo Schifrin (Mission Impossible, The Amityville Horror, and Caveman), Gustavo Santaolalla (Brokeback Mountain and Babel), Javier Navarrete (Pan’s Labyrinth), Alberto Iglesias (The Kite Runner and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), and Carlos José Alvarez (Exposed).

A Tribute to James Horner
Saturday, October 2, 2021
Oscar winner James Horner rose from the depths of B-movies to score some of the biggest films of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Hear themes from Battle Beyond the Stars, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Willow, The Rocketeer, Titanic, and more.

Back and Forth through Time
Saturday, October 9, 2021
Strap yourself in! We’re taking a dizzying trip through time with scores from cinema’s best time-traveling flicks, including Back to the Future, Time After Time, Interstellar, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, and, of course, The Time Machine.

Anti-Heroes of the Big Screen
Saturday, October 16, 2021
They’re not quite villains, but they’re certainly not heroes. They’re our favorite morally challenged protagonists of the movies. We’ll enjoy music from The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly, The Godfather, Pirates of the Caribbean, Gone with the Wind, and many more.

The Best of Danny Elfman
Saturday, October 23, 2021

Batman, Edward Scissorhands, Good Will Hunting, Men In Black, Big Fish—just a few of the many scores will sample from Grammy-winning film composer Danny Elfman. We’ll explore his decades-long career and frequent collaborations with directors Tim Burton, Sam Raimi, and Gus Van Sant.

Legendary Monsters of the Big Screen
Saturday, October 30, 2021
Look out! The monsters are loose! Get your fright on with music written for Frankenstein, The Wolf Man, Dracula, The Mummy, and more.

Reel Spooks
Sunday, October 31, 2021 (7PM)
A special Halloween edition of Reel Music, with themes from Hollywood’s best horror and suspense films, including Psycho, The Bride of Frankenstein, Cape Fear, The Omen, The Exorcist, and, of course, Halloween. Turn out the lights and listen in the dark, if you dare!

A Tribute to Alfred Newman
Saturday, November 6, 2021
With nine Oscar wins, Alfred Newman remains the most decorated composer in Academy history. He received 45 nominations, including nods for Wuthering Heights, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, How the West Was Won, and The Greatest Story Ever Told. Hear why Alfred Newman is considered one of the godfathers of film music.

Space Battles
Saturday, November 13, 2021
We’re blasting off and battling space baddies on this edition of Reel Music. Enjoy energetic themes from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Return of the Jedi, The Last Starfighter, and Battle Beyond the Stars.

Great Scores from Documentaries
Saturday, November 20, 2021
Some of cinema’s most captivating stories come, not from inventing other worlds, but from observing the world that is, so it’s no surprise that successful composers like Danny Elfman and Mark Isham have wanted to score these movies. Soundtracks from great documentaries on this edition of Reel Music.

Americana in Film
Saturday, November 27, 2021
Grab some leftover turkey and dressing, and settle in for an hour of themes from movies that capture the essence of small town America: The Grapes of Wrath, East of Eden, Meet Me in St. Louis, Our Town, A River Runs Through It, A Christmas Story, and To Kill a Mockingbird.

John Williams, the B-Sides
Saturday, December 4, 2021
John Williams has dozens of Oscar nominations, but a lot of the attention tends to be on just four or five of his most popular scores. That leaves a lot of great music on the shelf, so we’re dusting off some of the other John Williams scores—the B-sides. Hear selections from Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Empire of the Sun, Memoirs of a Geisha, and more.

Food in Film
Saturday, December 11, 2021
You’re invited to a smorgasbord of scores from big screen buffets. Enjoy delicious themes from Chocolat, Like Water for Chocolate, Ratatouille, Julie & Julia, Babette’s Feast, The Hundred-Foot Journey, and Vatel.

Saturday, December 18, 2021
If a film succeeds, give Hollywood time, and they’ll remake it. True Grit, Cape Fear, The Magnificent Seven, King Kong, War of the Worlds—just a few of the films made and remade. We’ll same scores from the best of them.

Christmas at the Movies
Saturday, December 25, 2021
The holidays wouldn’t be the same without those cherished Christmas classics—A Christmas Carol (1951), Miracle on 34th Street (1947), It’s a Wonderful Life, White Christmas. Pour a mug of egg nog, and enjoy Christmas at the movies.

New Beginnings
Saturday, January 1, 2022
As we embark on a new year, we’ll celebrate new beginnings with music for characters who made a fresh start. Hear themes from The Truman Show, My Fair Lady, Groundhog Day, Under the Tuscan Sun, and Fried Green Tomatoes.