soundtracks

You know the X-Files theme. For nine years, that music had an almost Pavlovian effect on TV junkies addicted to the paranormal adventures of FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully. But in the beginning, it was just a job for composer Mark Snow.

Hear The Sound Of Hollywood

Jan 17, 2016

A great film soundtrack can stand alone as a beautiful piece of music, but when coupled with the movie memories it brings back, the experience of hearing them in concert can be quite a moving experience. On Saturday, February 6, Boerne Performing Arts presents “A Night at the Oscars” with The Hollywood Concert Orchestra, in concert at Boerne Champion Auditorium.

Join Texas Public Radio for a night of great movie music as the ensemble plays melodies from “Superman” to “E.T.,” from James Bond to “Schindler’s List.” 

Note: NPR's First Listen audio comes down after the album is released. However, you can still listen with the Spotify playlist at the bottom of the page.


How does a film conjure the unfathomable vastness of nature? How can it make moviegoers feel the harshness of a desolate place?

In the new movie Youth, an elderly, retired composer-conductor is called upon to conduct for the first time in years. He's an Englishman named Fred Ballinger — and the request is from Queen Elizabeth II. It seems Ballinger's composition Simple Songs, written when he was a much younger man, is the only thing the Queen's husband, Prince Phillip, will listen to.

The journey a film score takes, from the composer's brain to what comes out of the speakers at your local theater, is a long and complicated process. In the case of the new Pixar film The Good Dinosaur, the work began seven months ago. Audiences will hear it for the first time on Thanksgiving Day.

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