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Andrew Patner on Arts and Culture

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Chicago Symphony Orchestra October 3, 2014 concert review: Riccardo Muti, Polish and Russian program, Christopher Martin, trumpet

  Chicago Sun-Times, Saturday October 4, 2014 Chicago Symphony Orchestra Riccardo Muti, conductor Christopher Martin, trumpet Repeats Saturday at 8:30 p.m. [note late start time] Orchestra Hall 220 South Michigan Avenue Tickets: $22-$240. (312) 294-3000, cso.org By Andrew Patner RECOMMENDED Riccardo Muti brings his fall residency with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra to a close — more…

When the Moon Shines Over Ravinia: Stephanie Blythe brings her Kate Smith tribute to the Martin Theatre Monday night

  Stephanie Blythe sings Kate Smith Opera star brings beloved Americana to Ravinia   with Craig Terry, piano Monday, July 2 at 8 p.m. Martin Theatre, Ravinia 200 Ravinia Park Road Highland Park, Ill. 847-266-5100; ravinia.org   Read my full story and interview with Stephanie Blythe here. And see you at Ravinia!  

James Thurber #2 (Rebroadcast)

Andrew reads more selections from James Thurber’s Fables for Our Times.

The Interrupters

Cobe Williams, Eddie Bocanegra, and Tio Hardiman of CeaseFire Illinois

Andrew previews the important new Chicago documentary film opening this week at the Gene Siskel Film Center.

The Interrupters

Ameena Matthews, violence interrupter

Andrew talks with Steve James (Hoop Dreams, Kartemquin Films), Alex Kotlowitz (There Are No Children Here), and Cobe Williams (the CeaseFire project) about their new and already acclaimed documentary, The Interrupters.

San Francisco’s “Ring”

Andrew discusses the experience of attending the last of the recently concluded cycles of Richard Wagner’s “Ring” at the San Francisco Opera.

Music for Independence Day

Andrew presents a new program of new music and recordings by American composers and performers — local performers and a number of local composers as it turned out! — for the holiday, featuring new CDs from the Chicago Clarinet Trio (including composers Max Raimi and Larry Combs [!]), soprano Christine Brewer in recital with pianist more…

The Poetry of Gwendolyn Brooks

Andrew features poetry of the late Gwendolyn Brooks.

Jack Zimmerman

Tonight on Critical Thinking with Andrew Patner–A conversation with Chicago-native Jack Zimmerman, whose new CD of autobiographical stories and original music entitled The Gift is gaining national popularity.

The Three-Legged Stool

Andrew discusses successes and failures of classical music management in the U.S.