In a program from June of 2014, Andrew Patner shares a conversation with Riccardo Muti. The Chicago Symphony Orchestra music director talks about Verdi he has not conducted, Richard Strauss works he plans to add to his repertoire, and the role of principal players in an ensemble.
Monday, September 12, 2016 by Matt DeStefano
In a program from September of 2012, Andrew Patner shares a listen to selections from the late Marvin Hamlisch‘s score to the Pulitzer Prize- and multiple Tony-Award-winning 1975 show A Chorus Line. He also has some recordings of another artist with surprising parallels to Hamlisch.
Monday, September 5, 2016 by Matt DeStefano
Saturday, August 27, 2016 by Matt DeStefano
From September of 2014, the second of Andrew Patner’s two-part discussion about the role of economics and economists in American society with Randy Kroszner, Norman R. Bobins Professor of Economics at the Booth School of Business of The University of Chicago and a former Governor of the Federal Reserve System.
Monday, August 22, 2016 by Matt DeStefano
From August of 2014, the first of Andrew Patner’s two-part discussion about the role of economics and economists in American society with Randy Kroszner, Norman R. Bobins Professor of Economics at the Booth School of Business of The University of Chicago and a former Governor of the Federal Reserve System.
Monday, August 15, 2016 by Matt DeStefano
In a program from November of 2011, Andrew Patner’s guest is author Jay R. Tunney, discussing his book The Prizefighter and the Playwright: Gene Tunney and Bernard Shaw (Firefly Books, Buffalo and Richmond Hill, Ontario) about the long and deep friendship between his father, the American boxer and bibliophile, and the greatest English-language playwright of the 20th century.
Tunney (1897-1978) was the undefeated heavyweight champion of the world (who beat Jack Dempsey twice, in 1926 and 1927, the latter in Chicago’s Soldier Field) when he retired from boxing in 1928 at age 31. Shaw (1856-1950) had a lifelong fascination with boxing and had published an early novel, Cashel Byron’s Profession (1886), on an intellectual boxer who prefigured the bookish Tunney.
The two men met in the late 1920s and Tunney and his wife Polly Lauder Tunney spent a month of their honeymoon in 1929 together with Shaw and his wife Charlotte on the Adriatic island of Brioni. Among others they spent time with that month? The German composer Richard Strauss. Tunney and Shaw remained close until Shaw’s death at 94 in 1950.
It’s a beautifully written book on a fascinating and little-known subject.
Monday, August 8, 2016 by Matt DeStefano
Ameena Matthews in a scene from The Interrupters (Steve James and Alex Kotlowitz, 2011)
In a program from August of 2011, Andrew talks with Steve James (Hoop Dreams, Kartemquin Films), Alex Kotlowitz (There Are No Children Here), and Cobe Williams (the CeaseFire project) about their acclaimed documentary, The Interrupters.
Made in Chicago, the film looks at the efforts of a remarkable group of those formerly in trouble with the law to work to bring the cycle of violence in the inner city to a halt.
Monday, August 1, 2016 by Matt DeStefano
In a program from February, 2014, Andrew Patner talks with young Romanian-born American conductor Cristian Macelaru.
Monday, July 25, 2016 by Matt DeStefano
In a program from July of 2011, Andrew Patner presents a program of music by American composers and performers — local performers and a number of local composers — featuring recordings from the Chicago Clarinet Trio (including composers Max Raimi and Larry Combs [!]), soprano Christine Brewer in recital with pianist Roger Vignoles, and jazz vocalist Carole March and her late husband, pianist Joe Vito.