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Andrew Patner on Arts and Culture

Critical Thinking, Critical Thinking on Tour: Ft. Lauderdale

I’ve had to change my flight from Chicago to Ft. Lauderdale three times today due to a backlog of work including getting my Sun-Times review of Lyric Opera’s “Cosi fan tutte” into proper shape. (The Sunday editor is coming in later than usual today due to Grammy Awards coverage.)

My review of “Cosi fan tutte”

The trip to Midway is smooth on a Sunday as is the flight which takes off and lands on time with only a small amount of turbulence. My seat neighbor is reading Sanford Weill’s recent memoir of his high-flying business and philanthropic career and towards the end of the flight we chat a bit about his take on Weill from a business perspective. We both agree that he has reason to take pride in all that he did and persuaded others to do for Carnegie Hall whatever else might be said about his business exploits or his personality.

Tom headed down to Florida yesterday and we are staying with old friends of his in Dania Beach, just south and west of Ft. Lauderdale where the orchestra is staying in the new Hilton Beach Resort Hotel. Don Cannarozzi was Tom’s roommate at the Cleveland Institute of Music and Case Western Reserve University and while he ultimately became a public defender for Broward County he has also kept up his music career as a pianist, organist, and music director in area churches. Don’s partner, Sergio Puig, is one of South Florida’s top repetiteurs, accompanists, and coaches and their home is filled with autographed photos of such artists as Leontyne Price, Samuel Ramey, Deborah Voigt and many up and coming artists. Right now Sergio is in Naples preparing a production of MADAMA BUTTERFLY directed by longtime Chicago figure Carl Ratner, now on the music faculty at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. Don picks me up in a swanky two-seater — people in South Florida love their cars! — and we’re soon home in the light and refreshing rain.