Picture Perfect with Ross Amico

Friday at 6 pm

A weekly survey of film music, from the Golden Age of movies and current-day movies.

Picture Perfect is made possible in part by the support Joseph Rice and Rice Insurance Agency.

“The Gilded Age” was a term coined by Mark Twain to describe the era extending roughly from the end of Reconstruction to the turn of the 20th century. We’ll hear music from “The Heiress” (Aaron Copland), inspired by Henry James’ “Washington Square;” “The Age of Innocence” (Elmer Bernstein), after Edith Wharton; “The Magnificent Ambersons” (Bernard Herrmann), adapted from the novel by Booth Tarkington; and “Mr. Skeffington” (Franz Waxman), after Elizabeth von Arnim.  All that glitters is not gold.  We peel back the veneer of prosperity, this Friday at 6 pm.

Picture Perfect: February 9 - Olympic Fever

Feb 9, 2018

Nevermind the flu – we’ve got ourselves a case of Olympic Fever!  In honor of the Winter Games in Pyeongchang, we’ll hear ceremonial music, heard during opening ceremonies and television broadcasts, by film composers Leo Arnaud, Angelo Badalamenti, Basil Poledouris, and John Williams, and a suite from a score written for a documentary on the games by Lee Holdridge.  We’ve got a fever, and the only prescription is Olympic music, this Friday at 6 pm. 

We defer to the natural wisdom of the wild kingdom on Groundhog Day, with music from “Born Free” (John Barry), “National Geographic’s ‘Grizzly!’” (Jerome Moross), “Hatari!” (Henry Mancini), and “The Jungle Book” (Miklos Rozsa).  Prepare to go wild, this Friday at 6 pm. 

Errol Flynn writes a ballet? Charles Boyer composes a tone poem? Claude Rains writes a cello concerto?  We’ll have three examples of movies about fictional composers. These, of course, required music written by the characters, in actuality provided by two-time Academy Award-winner Erich Wolfgang Korngold.  Tune in for selections from “Escape Me Never” (1947), “The Constant Nymph” (1943), and “Deception” (1946), as well as Korngold’s arrangements of music by Richard Wagner for “Magic Fire” (1955).  EWK spins corn into gold, this Friday at 6pm.

Picture Perfect - January 19: Latin Swords

Jan 19, 2018

Frigid temperatures got you down? Put some swagger back into your step with an hour of music from Latin swashbucklers, including “Captain from Castile” (Alfred Newman), “The Mask of Zorro” (James Horner), “Puss in Boots” (Henry Jackman), and “The Adventures of Don Juan” (Max Steiner).  That's Castilians, cats, and the Curse of Capistrano, this Friday at 6 pm.


Take flight with music from movies about airports and airplanes, including “The V.I.P.s” (Miklos Rozsa), “The Terminal” (John Williams), “Airport” (Alfred Newman), and “North by Northwest” (Bernard Herrmann).  Join us for departure this Friday at 6 pm.

Picture Perfect: January 5 - Soviet Cinema

Jan 5, 2018

In this season of frigid temperatures and raging snowstorms, we turn our attention to classics of Soviet cinema, including selections from “Agony” (Alfred Schnittke), “Time, Forward!” (Georgy Sviridov), “The Gadfly” (Dmitri Shostakovich), and “Alexander Nevsky” (Sergei Prokofiev).  If you think we’ve got it bad, try facing down a patriotic Nevsky on a frozen lake, this Friday at 6 pm. 

Greet the new year with music from movies about renewal, starting over, new beginnings, and second chances, including “The Natural” (Randy Newman), “The Best Years of Our Lives” (Hugo Friedhofer), “The Accidental Tourist” (John Williams), and “It’s a Wonderful Life” (Dimitri Tiomkin).  Look to the future with hope and fortitude, this Friday at 6 pm. 

Take a break from the holiday hurly-burly to enjoy music from “The Gift of the Magi,” from the anthology film “O. Henry’s Full House” (Alfred Newman), “Little Women” (Thomas Newman), “Ben-Hur” (Miklós Rózsa), and “A Christmas Carol” (Richard Addinsell).  Settle in to a library of Christmas classics, Friday at 6 pm. 

Any new score by John Williams is worth hearing, and any new “Star Wars” music is an event.  Return to a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, with a spoiler-free presentation of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”  The Force is with us, this Friday at 6 pm.