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Andrew Patner on Arts and Culture

Archive for February, 2009

Boulez is back — Stravinsky, Carter, and oh that Varèse with the CSO

Here is my Friday, February 27 suntimes.com review of the Thursday, February 26, 2009, Chicago Symphony Orchestra concert with Pierre Boulez. Pierre Boulez leads CSO in beautiful music — and vibrant noise BY ANDREW PATNER HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Repeated 8 p.m. Saturday and 7:30 p.m. Tuesday March 3 Sometimes you just have to pinch yourself these more…

Picking and Choosing

Critic’s Choice is a weekly feature in which WFMT’s Critic-at-Large Andrew Patner shares his observations on arts and culture, from performances at Orchestra Hall to happenings in overlooked Chicago neighborhoods to festivals around the world.

CSO’s 2009-2010 season — three kings, plus

Photo: Le regard de James Here is my Friday, February 20 Chicago Sun-Times and suntimes.com "Weekend" story on last week's announcement of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's 2009-2010 season. CSO season boasts Muti, Haitink, and Boulez BY ANDREW PATNER The Chicago Symphony Orchestra has been riding a crest lately — a triumphant Asian tour, Grammy Awards more…

“When Lilacs Last . . . . ” — the CSO and James Earl Jones do Lincoln

Here's my Tuesday, February 24 Chicago Sun-Times and suntimes.com review of the Saturday, February 21, 2009 Chicago Symphony Orchestra concert with special guest, James Earl Jones. Lincoln's words pack mighty wallop in CSO tribute BY ANDREW PATNER RECOMMENDED Repeated Tuesday, February 24 at 7:30 p.m. The bicentennial year of Abraham Lincoln's birth kicked off this more…

Critical Thinking: Press In The Egg – CSO Coverage

A full-length program of even more happenings from our trip with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra on their 2009 Far East Asia Tour. This week we bring you content from Shanghai and Beijing, China, including a press conference in Beijing’s “Egg” with Maestro Bernard Haitink and CSO President Deborah Rutter, part II of the Shanghai Cocktail more…

The view from . . . Beijing — my WFMT reflections on “Chinese Freedoms”

My "Critic's Choice" essay "Chinese Freedoms" [that's the link] on 98.7WFMT Radio Chicago and wfmt.com this week as I try to put together my competing impressions of my trip to China with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra last week — my first to Mainland China since 1985. ———– Above: Chicago Symphony Orchestra press conference in Beijing, more…

Chinese Freedoms

Critic’s Choice is a weekly feature in which WFMT’s Critic-at-Large Andrew Patner shares his observations on arts and culture, from performances at Orchestra Hall to happenings in overlooked Chicago neighborhoods to festivals around the world.

Back Home from Far East Asia

Andrew and Matt are back from their Critical Thinking: On The Road tour with the CSO through Far East Asia, including stops in Yokohama and Tokyo Japan, Hong Kong, as well as Shanghai and Beijing, China.

The view from . . . all over the Asia tour — Matt’s “WFMT OffMic”weblog

Here are just a few of the photographs that my WFMT colleague and associate producer Matt DeStefano has posted on the new WFMT OffMic weblog from the CSO Asia tour. You'll also find video and audio clips and "postcards" as well as Matt's wry comments on his first big trip outside of the ol' US more…

The view from . . . Beijing — my Sun-Times CSO Far East Asia tour round-up

My Monday February 16 Chicago Sun-Times story. CSO's Great Wall of sound First China tour thrills audiences and stirs musicians BY ANDREW PATNER BEIJING — Some 35 years after the first major American orchestra visited the People's Republic of China, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra became the final top ensemble to make its debut here as more…