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.

Picture Perfect: August 11 - Summer Abroad

Aug 10, 2017

Join Ross Amico for a summer vacation overseas, with music from “A Summer Story” (Georges Delerue), “Smiles of a Summer Night” (Erik Nordgren), “My Father’s Glory” & “My Mother’s Castle” (Vladimir Cosma), and “Cinema Paradiso” (Ennio Morricone).  Pack your toothbrush, and remember your passport, this Friday at 6 pm.

Picture Perfect: August 4 - Lost Worlds

Aug 4, 2017

Ross Amico invites you to get lost this week in music from movies about lost worlds and forgotten civilizations, including “King Solomon’s Mines” (by Mischa Spolianksy), “She” (James Bernard), “The Man Who Would Be King” (Maurice Jarre), and “Lost Horizon” (Dimitri Tiomkin). Strike out into unknown territory, this Friday at 6 pm.

Start off your weekend with an anthropological expedition to Latin America.  Ross Amico will be your guide to music from “Green Mansions” (two separate film scores, by Heitor Villa-Lobos and Bronislau Kaper), “Kings of the Sun” (Elmer Bernstein), and “The Night of the Mayas” (Silvestre Revueltas).  Pith helmets and mosquito nets will be distributed, this Friday at 6 pm.


Taste the lash, and prepare to be keelhauled!  This week on “Picture Perfect,” Ross Amico stands tall against tyrannical sea captains, with music from “The Sea Wolf” (Erich Wolfgang Korngold), “Moby Dick” (Philip Sainton), “The Caine Mutiny” (Max Steiner), and “Mutiny on the Bounty” (Bronislau Kaper).  Strawberries will be pilfered and arms distributed among the crew, Friday at 6 pm.

Picture Perfect: July 14

Jul 14, 2017

Music from films about the Napoleonic era.

Picture Perfect: July 7 - Rejected Scores

Jul 7, 2017

Rejection! Any film composer of reasonable experience has, at one time or another, had his or her music replaced.  It’s an occupational hazard.  Poor test screenings, creative differences, interpersonal difficulties and producer panic have all contributed to the rejection of original film scores.

If your three wishes would encompass a complete recording, in up-to-date sound, of one of the most enchanting film scores by Miklós Rózsa, you needn’t hold out for the discovery of a magic lamp.  Join Ross Amico for a recent release of a two-CD set, on the Prometheus label, of music from the classic 1940 fantasy-adventure “The Thief of Bagdad.”  The City of Prague Philharmonic and Nic Raine have recorded the score, note-complete, with ample bonus material.  Tune in to be transported.  Take the magic carpet ride, this Friday at 6 pm.

Picture Perfect: June 16 - Superheroes

Jun 16, 2017

To the Batmobile!  With the death of Adam West – star of television’s “Batman” – on June 9, and “Wonder Woman” burning up the box office, Ross Amico will revisit the superhero genre, presenting music from both,  alongside selections from John Williams’ classic score for “Superman.”  In addition, West will introduce a medley of classic television superhero themes with the Cincinnati Pops.  Look, up in the sky!  It’s “Picture Perfect,” this Friday at 6 pm.

Picture Perfect: June 9 - Mythological Mash-Up

Jun 9, 2017

Release the Kraken!  Join Ross Amico for music from movies steeped in myth, including “Helen of Troy” (Max Steiner), “Clash of the Titans” (Laurence Rosenthal)  “Hercules” (Pino Donaggio), and “Jason and the Argonauts” (Bernard Herrmann).  It will be all the sandals you can handle, this Friday at 6 pm.

Picture Perfect: June 2 - The Age of Chivalry

Jun 2, 2017

Ladies, lords, and gentlepersons all... Hearken ye to Ross Amico for sweet airs from movies set in the Age of Chivalry.  Peradventure ye will encounter sounds and delights from “The Warlord” (Jerome Moross), “El Cid” (Miklós Rózsa), “Lionheart” (Jerry Goldsmith), and “The Adventures of Robin Hood” (Erich Wolfgang Korngold).  Verily, chivalry is not dead, Friday at 6 pm.