Christmas 2010 – Home For The Holidays

Celebrating some of the best musical moments from seasonal movies, including two different versions of A Christmas Carol, plus How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Polar Express, and A Christmas Story.

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Choral Contributions

Great soundtracks that include choral singing. From the wordless humming in classic spaghetti westerns to the terrifying use of liturgical music in horror films, we’ll focus on an often overlooked – and very effective – tool of the film composer’s trade. 

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Alex North

We celebrate the centenary of Alex North, the respected craftsman, known in Hollywood as “The Boss.” The man who was responsible for music to The Misfits, Cleopatra, Spartacus, and A Streetcar Names Desire would have turned 100 this week and we’ll sample his contribution to movies.

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Thanksgiving 2010 – Not Another Bite

We celebrate Thanksgiving from a different perspective with Not Another Bite – gastronomic overindulgence in movies. Join us for a rye look at movies celebrating cuisine, including Babette’s Feast, The Joy Luck Club, Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, and Julie and Julia.

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Ramin Djawadi

Ramin discusses his recent scores to Iron Man and Clash of the Titans, and working with Hans Zimmer on Pirates of the Caribbean.

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The Magic of Harry Potter

As the anticipated seventh film in the Harry Potter series opens we travel through each of the movies, sampling different scores from their four composers: John Williams, Patrick Doyle, Nicholas Hooper, and Alexandre Desplat.

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Veterans Day 2010: Lest We Forget

From the War of Independence to the Civil War, and conflicts through the 20th century we’ll share memorable music from war films, including The Patriot, Gone with the Wind, Cold Mountain, Schindler’s List, Saving Private Ryan, and The Hurt Locker. The music will be enhanced by speeches from Winston Churchill and Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

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Halloween 2010 – Horror For Halloween

Music for the scariest night of the year. Frankenstein and Dracula meet Norman Bates and Michael Myers. Whether you like tricks or treats you’ll love our time at the movies.

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William Alwyn

William Alwyn is a classical composer who enjoyed a second career writing for Britain’s Golden Age of Moviemaking. We’ll feature his scores to In Search of the Castaways and A Night to Remember (one of the early Titanic disaster films).

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Dance In Film

Hollywood offers fancy footwork on the big screen, including The Red Shoes and West Side Story. Moments from ballroom, ballet and even Busby Berkeley.

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Alfred Hitchcock

We’ll sample music from such thrillers as Spellbound, Vertigo and Psycho…and we may even hear from the Maestro of Mystery himself.

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To Be Continued…

Film music is sometimes better the second time around. We’ll explore music from famous sequels, from the Empire Strikes Back to Harry Potter and Lord of The Rings.

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Victor Young

A look at the composer of memorable film song hits including Stella by Starlight and Love Letters, and movie scores such as Gulliver’s Travels, Samson and Delilah and Around the World in Eighty Days.

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Classical Composers in Film

Music from films depicting the lives of great composers.  We’ll hear moments in music from Amadeus, Immortal Beloved, and more.

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Back to School

Put on your new clothes to start the school year. Hollywood enrolls us in a good education and demonstrates what we learn in high school and college, including music from Good Will Hunting and Mr. Holland’s Opus. 

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Labor Day 2010 – The Labor of Movies

Music from films about working men and women. We’ll hear selections from On The Waterfront, The Perfect Storm, and other stories about laborers, cops, teachers and soldiers.

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Laurence Rosenthal

The Emmy-winning, Oscar-nominated composer of Becket, A Raisin in the Sun, and The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles discusses his long career in Hollywood.

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From Rock to Reel

Former pop and rock musicians who have successfully embraced movie composing and scored big – think Hans Zimmer and Danny Elfman, just to name a few. 

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Shaken, Not Stirred

James Bond and the longest movie franchise ever. For almost fifty years and 22 movies we have thrilled to James Bond, not forgetting those amazing scores and theme songs. From Dr. No and Goldfinger to The Spy Who Loved Me and Casino Royale, 007 awaits. 

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Ladies First

A show honoring the ascendancy of women movie composers. It took 62 years for the Academy to give a woman a Best Score Oscar and since then women have never looked back. From Emma and The Cider House Rules to The Crying Game and Mrs. Dalloway, we salute women composers.

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A Second Chance

From Mozart in Elvira Madigan to Boccherini in The Lady Killers, films have dusted off old classics and breathed new life into them.

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Film Noir

It’s those dark American thrillers and crime dramas called Film Noir. Beginning in the early fifties and still being produced today we’ll sample some of the best, from The Maltese Falcon and Vertigo, to Taxi Driver and Mulholland Drive.

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