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Andrew Patner on Arts and Culture

Critical Thinking

Mondays at 10:00 pm
WFMT’s Critic-at-Large Andrew Patner presents an hour-long weekly program of conversation about the arts each Monday night at 10:00 pm.

Esa-Pekka Salonen (rebroadcast)

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In a program that first aired February 25, 2013, Andrew Patner talks with conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen, who was in town to conduct the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.  The Salonen-curated French Reveries & Passions Festival features the CSO and runs through May 24.  

Andrew Patner: A Celebration

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This past March 18th family, friends, and colleagues gathered in Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center to celebrate the life of critic, author, and radio presenter, Andrew Patner. Listen to a podcast* of the Celebration which includes remarks, sound collages, performances, and more. PROGRAM Rabbi Andy Bachman Andrew in China (Part I) Josh Patner Kenny Blum Live more…

Robert Falls – Part 2 of 2 (rebroadcast)

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In a program that first aired April 30, 2007, Andrew Patner’s guest is Robert Falls, marking his then-20th anniversary as artistic director of Chicago’s Goodman Theatre, in the second of a lively two-part conversation.

Robert Falls – Part 1 of 2 (rebroadcast)

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In a program that first aired April 30, 2007, Andrew Patner’s guest is Robert Falls, marking his then-20th anniversary as artistic director of Chicago’s Goodman Theatre, in the first of a lively two-part conversation.

A Conversation with Alex Ross (Rebroadcast from 2010)

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In a program first aired November 15, 2010, Andrew’s guest is New Yorker music critic, award-winning and best-selling author of The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century, MacArthur Fellow, and music weblog pioneer with therestisnoise.com, Mr. Alex Ross, discussing his then-new book of essays and profiles, Listen To This. From bass lines to Björk, Marian more…

The Interrupters (Rebroadcast)

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Ameena Matthews in a scene from The Interrupters (Steve James and Alex Kotlowitz, 2011) First aired August 8, 2011, Andrew Patner talks with Steve James (Hoop Dreams, Kartemquin Films), Alex Kotlowitz (There Are No Children Here), and Cobe Williams (the CeaseFire project) about their acclaimed documentary, The Interrupters. Made in Chicago, the film looks at the efforts of more…

Black Sabbath (no, not that Black Sabbath) – Part 2 of 2 (rebroadcast)

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In a part two of a two-part program that first aired on WFMT January 27, 2014, Andrew Patner presents Black Sabbath: The Secret Musical History of Black-Jewish Relations,  a remarkable collection of Black American recording artists performing Yiddish and other Jewish songs.  In this program we’ll hear Aretha Franklin, Nina Simone, The Temptations, and Johnny Mathis.

Black Sabbath (no, not that Black Sabbath) – Part 1 of 2 (rebroadcast)

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In a part one of a two-part program that first aired on WFMT December 30, 2013, Andrew Patner presents Black Sabbath: The Secret Musical History of Black-Jewish Relations,  a remarkable collection of Black American recording artists performing Yiddish and other Jewish songs.

Sheldon Harnick – Part 2 of 2 (rebroadcast)

The second of Andrew Patner’s two-part conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning lyricist Sheldon Harnick, who was in town for an encore production of his “Fiorello!” at the TimeLine Theatre Company on Chicago’s north side.  The program first aired on April 7, 2008.

Maestro Riccardo Muti on Andrew Patner

Riccardo Muti and Andrew Patner at the Salzburg Festival.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra Music Director Riccardo Muti enjoyed a close friendship with WFMT’s late Critic-at-Large Andrew Patner. WFMT Program Director David Polk recorded a conversation with Maestro Muti about Andrew in anticipation of a public celebration of his life which takes place this Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 7:00 pm in Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center.