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.

What, you doubt the Baron’s veracity?  Then surely the music must speak for itself.  Tune in for selections from “The Adventures of Baron Munchausen” (Michael Kamen), “Münchhausen” (Georg Haentzschel), “The Saragossa Manuscript” (Krzysztof Penderecki), and “The Three Worlds of Gulliver” (Bernard Herrmann).  Tall tales rub shoulders with Lilliputians, this Friday at 6 pm.

 

 

 

Picture Perfect: December 1 - Disasters at Sea

Dec 1, 2017

With “Titanic” back in theaters for its 20th anniversary, we’ll hear selections from James Horner’s most famous score.  The “Titanic” soundtrack sold over 30 million copies, making it the highest-selling primarily orchestral soundtrack of all time.  We’ll round out the hour with more oceanic agony, with music from “Raise the Titanic” (John Barry), “The Perfect Storm” (James Horner), “A Night to Remember” (William Alwyn), and “The Poseidon Adventure” (John Williams).  “Titanic” is just the tip of the iceberg, this Friday at 6 pm. 

Picture Perfect: November 24 - Kings Row

Nov 24, 2017

With a new “Star Wars” right around the corner, we’ll hear an extensive suite from one of John Williams’ acknowledged influences, Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s “Kings Row.”  The setting couldn’t be more different – “Kings Row’s” struggle of decency against sinister impulses takes place in a small Midwestern town – but Korngold's opulently orchestrated score brims with romance and heroism.  Check out that rousing opening fanfare, this Friday at 6 pm.

Get ready for Thanksgiving, with music from “Plymouth Adventure” (Miklós Rózsa), “Friendly Persuasion” (Dimitri Tiomkin), “Our Town” (Aaron Copland), and the building-the-barn sequence from “Witness” (Maurice Jarre).  There’s not a turkey among them, this Friday at 6 pm.

The obsolescence of the gunfighter.  The free-ranging cowboy fenced off by barbed wire.  Horses replaced by automobiles.  The land of limitless possibility and moral certitude, subdivided and spoiled by industrialization.  Once-heroic figures ride slowly into the sunset, or are killed, their qualities unrecognized, perhaps even willfully rejected, by those who come after.  Autumn comes to the Old West, this Friday at 6 pm.

 

People of Earth! We come in peace!

In honor of the 40th anniversary of the release of “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” (November 16, 1977) and the 35th anniversary of “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial” (June 11, 1982), we’ll hear music by John Williams for friendly visitors from other worlds.  Also featured will be selections from “Cocoon” (James Horner) and “The Day the Earth Stood Still” (Bernard Herrmann), this Friday at 6 pm.

 

Picture Perfect: October 27 - To and From Mars

Oct 27, 2017

According to Orson Welles’ notorious radio dramatization, H.G. Wells’ Martians touched down in Grover’s Mill, NJ, not far from the studios of WWFM.  Join Ross Amico for music from film adaptations of Wells’ “The War of the Worlds” (by Leith Stevens and John Williams, respectively), alongside selections from “Robinson Crusoe on Mars” (Van Cleave) and “John Carter” (Michael Giacchino).  The interplanetary exchange program begins this Friday at 6 pm.

Join Ross Amico for music from “Hangover Square” (Bernard Herrmann), “The Beast with Five Fingers” (Max Steiner), “The Mephisto Waltz” (Jerry Goldsmith), and “The 5000 Fingers of Dr. T” (Frederick Hollander).  Practice makes psychotic, this Friday at 6 pm.

Wizards and sorcerers conjure good luck for Friday the 13th.  Join Ross Amico for music from “The Lord of the Rings:  The Fellowship of the Ring” (Howard Shore), “The Sword and the Sorcerer” (David Whitaker), “Dragonslayer” (Alex North), and “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” (John Williams), this Friday at 6 pm.

There is no disgrace in a composer earning a living, and some of England’s greatest musicians – including those in the employ of the Royal Family – have contributed finely-crafted works to its body of cinema.  Join Ross Amico for music from “The People’s Land” (Ralph Vaughan Williams), “The King’s Stamp” (Benjamin Britten), “The Green Girdle” (William Alwyn), and “The Royal Palaces of Britain” (Sir Arthur Bliss), this Friday at 6 pm.

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