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

Honoring Stanley Kubrick
Saturday, August 20, 2022
Stanley Kubrick is regarded as one of history’s best film directors, known for his stunning visuals and his focus on the music in his movies. We’ll sample the soundtracks from The Killing, Lolita, Dr. Strangelove, 2001: A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange, Barry Lyndon, The Shining, Full Metal Jacket, and Eyes Wide Shut.

Fantastic Journeys
Saturday, August 27, 2022
If you need to get away from it all, this episode is for you. We’re taking you on fantastic journeys with themes from Everest, The Time Machine, The Last Starfighter, and Fantastic Voyage.

The Hollywood Western
Saturday, September 3, 2022
Saddle up, partner! It’s a tribute to that most American of genres, the Hollywood western, both classic and contemporary. Hear music from The Searchers, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, The Magnificent Seven, Dances with Wolves, and more.

North of Hollywood
Saturday, September 10, 2022
Alex North earned 15 Oscar nominations during a long career that included scoring Spartacus, Cleopatra, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, and A Streetcar Named Desire. You’ll hear some of his best work.

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month
Saturday, September 17, 2022

This time on Reel Music, we’re celebrating the contributions of Hispanic and Latinx 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).

Themes from Harry Potter
Saturday, September 24, 2022
We’re off to Hogwarts on this edition of Reel Music. We’ll sample the Potter film scores by John Williams, Patrick Doyle, Nicholas Hooper, and Alexandre Desplat.

Philip Glass in Film
Saturday, October 1, 2022
Philip Glass is one of today’s most influential composers. You can hear his works in the opera house, the concert hall, and the movie theater. He’s written music for The Truman Show, Candyman, The Hours, The Fog of War, and Dracula. Tune in for the best of Philip Glass.

The Golden Gate on the Silver Screen
Saturday, October 8, 2022
From an early movie, simply called San Francisco, to recent films, Beautiful Boy and The Last Black Man in San Francisco, the city by the Bay has been a frequent setting at the cinema. We’ll sample scores from The House on Telegraph Hill, The Birdman of Alcatraz, The Maltese Falcon, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, and Vertigo.


Cinematic Voices

Saturday, October 15, 2022
Sometimes, the orchestra alone just isn’t enough to convey the drama that the director and composer are reaching for. That’s when the chorus steps in. Hear cinema’s best choral works from movies such as The Passion of the Christ, Empire of the Sun, 1492: Conquest of Paradise, and How The West Was Won.

Disney When They’re Not Singing
Saturday, October 22, 2022
Disney films are often famous for their songs, but it’s all of that other music in between that holds the film together. Enjoy incidental music from Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Lady and the Tramp, and Peter Pan.

Legendary Monsters of the Big Screen
Saturday, October 29, 2022
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
Monday, October 31, 2022
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 5, 2022
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.

World War II Films
Saturday, November 12, 2022
World War II has been the focus of hundreds of movies. On this edition of Reel Music, you’ll hear themes from the best of them: Midway, Pearl Harbor, Dunkirk, Tora! Tora! Tora!, Schindler’s List, Saving Private Ryan, Victory at Sea, Flags of Our Fathers, and Patton.

Themes from the Final Frontier
Saturday, November 19, 2022
We’ll boldly go to the movies for themes from Star Trek films. Enjoy scores by Jerry Goldsmith, James Horner, Leonard Rosenman, Cliff Eidelman, and Michael Giacchino.

Americana in Film
Saturday, November 26, 2022
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.

Scores from Alfred Hitchcock Films
Saturday, December 3, 2022
Alfred Hitchcock is one of the most acclaimed directors in cinematic history. The “Master of Suspense” is responsible for Psycho, Vertigo, Rear Window, Rebecca, and North By Northwest. We’ll enjoy the best scores from his movies.

Period Pieces
Saturday, December 10, 2022

Movies allow us to visit, not just other places, but other times, as well. We’ll sample scores from great period piece films: Downton Abbey, Little Women, Howard’s End, A Room with a View, Elizabeth, and Legends of the Fall.

Back to Middle Earth
Saturday, December 17, 2022
The saga of Middle Earth includes, not just the Peter Jackson Lord of the Rings epics, but also animated features, television series, and video games. Tune in for music by Brad Spear, Leonard Rosenman, Inon Zur, and, of course, Howard Shore.

Christmas at the Movies
Saturday, December 24, 2022

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 on the next Reel Music.

New Beginnings
Saturday, December 31, 2022
As we anticipate 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.