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Andrew Patner on Arts and Culture

Critic's Choice: Special Report: CSO Strike

UPDATE: The CSO strike reached its end Monday night, 9/24/2012.

As heard on WFMT this morning, Andrew Patner joined Carl Grapentine to discuss the ongoing strike at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

We are posting this report after having received overwhelming listener response like this email from Lori D. of Chicago:

I am writing to request that you make available (as a podcast or transcribed article) Andrew Patner’s commentary on the CSO musicians strike from this morning’s 9 a.m. newscast. His analysis was extremely thorough and even-handed. I think making it available for all to read or hear would go a long way toward helping all WFMT listeners understand the issues involved in the strike. It would also provide a counterbalance to the inflammatory and strongly anti-musician coverage that the strike is receiving in the Chicago press. As our premier source for information on the arts and classical music, listeners count on WFMT to help provide a more balanced perspective.  Please make this very fine commentary by Mr. Patner more widely available! Thank you.

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3 Responses to “Special Report: CSO Strike”

  1. Martha Mattes says:

    Bravo to Andrew Patner for his objective report on the Chicago Symphony musicians’ strike. It was literally a breath of fresh air to hear the musicians’ side of the dispute, and to hear Mr. Patner calmly discuss the issues involved. THANK YOU!

  2. [...] interview with Chicago’s own one man cultural institution, Andrew Patner. His discussion with WFMT host Carl Grapentine about the initial hours following the strike is an excellent source [...]

  3. [...] (This is coming from a violinist who earns about one-seventh what they do.) I think the musicians, and Andrew Patner, are right to compare winning a job in the Chicago Symphony with getting drafted by the New York [...]

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