Ross Amico

Program Host

Ross Amico is program host, and host of Picture Perfect which airs Fridays at 6 pm and The Lost Chord which airs Sundays at 10 pm.

Ross has been involved in radio broadcasting since 1986.  He spent nearly ten years in community radio, after phoning in to a request show and being told he knew more about classical music than the program director.  During that time, his shows originated from WMUH Allentown (the radio station of Muhlenberg College) and nearby WXLV Schnecksville (at Lehigh-Carbon Community College).  He made his WWFM debut in September of 1995, while in the process of opening an antiquarian book business, Famulus Books, in Philadelphia.  His broadcasts have also been heard on WRTI Philadelphia and WPRB Princeton.

What he finds most enjoyable about his work in radio is putting together interesting programs and sharing music perhaps unfamiliar to his audiences.  It is his philosophy that a skillful juxtaposition of the familiar and the new can set off both to advantage.  His pre-produced shows, Picture Perfect and The Lost Chord, allow him to explore the world of film music and seldom-heard composers and recordings.  His music articles, which appear every Friday in the Times of Trenton, celebrate the local and regional arts scene.

Interview subjects have included Leon Bates, Stephanie Blythe, Cameron Carpenter, Barry Douglas, JoAnn Falletta, Leon Fleisher, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Christopher Lyndon-Gee, Kirill Gerstein, Philippe Graffin, Marc-André Hamelin, Sharon Isbin, Leila Josefowicz, Awadagin Pratt, Lara St. John, Peter Schickele, Orli Shaham, Caroline Shaw, Chris Thile, Dawn Upshaw, Pinchas Zukerman, and Christopher Walken.

Always passionate about classical music, Ross began record collecting at the age of 10.  He has also had a lifelong interest in classic film.  He credits his fascination with film with having led him to the symphony orchestra.  Follow his activities and enthusiasms on his Facebook page, Classic Ross Amico.

Ways to Connect

Shakespearean Comedies

The Lives of the Saints.

Settings of the Song of Songs.

Just in time for Passover, Picture Perfect host Ross Amico explores a 6-CD set, on the Intrada label, of music from Cecil B. DeMille's The Ten Commandments.  This exhaustive collection includes the complete score, as heard in the film, alternate takes, trailer music, three commercial soundtrack releases, and rare demos prepared for Mr. DeMille by the composer, Elmer Bernstein, who plays some of his themes at the piano.

Musical evocations of Odysseus’ homeward journey.

The Tudors.

Music by French composer of Irish descent Augusta Holmès – her symphonic poem Andromède – and a symphony by the only female musician on the faculty of the Paris Conservatory during the whole of the 19th century, Louise Farrenc.

Four Faces of the Western Hero.

St. Patrick's Day

Super Size Me (Monster Movies)

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