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Andrew Patner on Arts and Culture

Author Archive

Where Does Greatness Come From? (Rebroadcast)

Andrew shares an article written by Gerald Stein from last year regarding greatness and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Bob Riesman (Author) on Big Bill Broonzy – Part 3 (Rebroadcast)

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Andrew continues with the conclusion of his conversation with Bob Riesman, author of the recent book “I Feel So Good: The Life and Times of Big Bill Broonzy,” on the legendary Chicago blues and folk musician.  

Remembering Roger Ebert (Rebroadcast)

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With the acclaimed Steve James documentary on the late Roger Ebert, Life Itself, now in theaters, Andrew rebroadcasts his commentary from Roger’s death in April of last year.

Bob Riesman (Author) on Big Bill Broonzy – Part 2 (Rebroadcast)

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Andrew talks with Bob Riesman, author of the recent book “I Feel So Good: The Life and Times of Big Bill Broonzy,” in the second of a series on the legendary Chicago blues and folk musician.    

Piano Music of Boris Papandopulo (Rebroadcast)

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Tonight on Critical Thinking with Andrew Patner, we feature music recently recorded by Wisconsin-based pianist Nicholas Phillips of Croatian composer Boris Papandopulo (1906-1991).

Deborah Rutter’s Exit Interview – Part 2 of 2

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Andrew shares the second hour of a two-part “exit interview with music” with Deborah F. Rutter.  Rutter leaves her longtime position as president of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association today to head the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. beginning in September.

Deborah Rutter’s Exit Interview – Part 1 of 2

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Andrew shares the first hour of a two-part “exit interview with music” with Deborah F. Rutter.  Deborah leaves her longtime position as president of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association at the end of this month to head the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. beginning in September. Catch part two more…

The Beethoven Festival Problem

This year’s Beethoven Festival, scheduled to take place in September, is in trouble.  Andrew outlines its problems, and points to solutions in this week’s Critic’s Choice.

Riccardo Muti

Riccardo Muti, shown leading the CSO last month, has won the Prince of Asturias Award. | Richard A. Chapman~Sun-Times

Andrew shares a new 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.   Riccardo Muti leads the final CSO programs of the season — the Schubert Fifth more…

Finian’s Rainbow (Rebroadcast)

Andrew revives the 1947 Broadway musical by E.Y. “Yip” Harburg and Burl Lane, “Finian’s Rainbow” via its original cast recording.