Andrew presents a 2014 conversation with Bernard Haitink discussing his 60th anniversary year as a conductor of leading international orchestras.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 by Matt DeStefano
Andrew returns to the airwaves following a seven week recovery from a fall. Andrew remembers Robin Williams and discusses matters of mental health in this week’s Critic’s Choice.
Monday, August 11, 2014 by Matt DeStefano
Andrew shares some of the commissioned pieces from U.S. composers on “American Vernacular: new music for solo piano,” the latest recording from Midwest pianist Nicholas Phillips. (And an additional teaser, too, from Chicago composer Bernard Rands, who celebrated his 80th birthday in March)
Monday, August 4, 2014 by Matt DeStefano
In an encore presentation from 2011, Andrew reads a favorite short story by James Alan McPherson, “A Matter of Vocabulary” from his 1969 collection Hue and Cry. A longtime faculty member at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop at The University of Iowa, McPherson, born in Savannah, Georgia, in 1943, was in the first class of MacArthur Fellows more…
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 by Matt DeStefano
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.
Monday, July 28, 2014 by Matt DeStefano
Andrew’s guest is pianist and writer Jeremy Denk, who was in town for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Keys to the City Piano Festival. Jeremy’s new album Ligeti/Beethoven is out now on the Nonesuch label.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 by Matt DeStefano
Andrew shares an article written by Gerald Stein from last year regarding greatness and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Monday, July 21, 2014 by Matt DeStefano
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.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 by Matt DeStefano
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.
Monday, July 14, 2014 by Matt DeStefano
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.