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Andrew Patner on Arts and Culture

Critical Thinking

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.

Leonard Slatkin

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Andrew’s guest is conductor Leonard Slatkin discussing his work with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and in Lyon and the music of William Schuman. Mr. Slatkin leads one more performance of Schuman, Barber, Bates, and Gershwin with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Tuesday evening and returns this summer after many years to the Grant Park Music Festival.  

A Quartet of Quartets

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Andrew shares a sampling from new American works on new releases from the Spektral, JACK, Lark, and Sō Percussion quartets.

Cristian Macelaru (Rebroadcast)

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Andrew talks with young Romanian-born American conductor Cristian Macelaru, associate conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra.  Macelaru was in town to lead Chicago Symphony Orchestra concerts: works of Stravinsky, Ravel, and Debussy curated by Pierre Boulez.

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

Andrew 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.  

A New Conversation with Maestro Riccardo Muti

Andrew presents a new conversation with Chicago Symphony Orchestra music director Riccardo Muti.

Nicholas Phillips: New Music for Solo Piano, Part 2

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Andrew shares a second helping of commissioned pieces from U.S. composers on “American Vernacular: new music for solo piano,” the latest recording from Midwest pianist Nicholas Phillips. (And another additional teaser, too, from Chicago composer Bernard Rands, who celebrated his 80th birthday last week.)  

Nicholas Phillips: New Music for Solo Piano

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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 yesterday.)

Lincoln Reconsidered Part 1 of 13 (Rebroadcast)

The first of our series of Lincoln Reconsidered programs with guest George Anastaplo (Lincoln scholar, philosopher, and professor of law, Loyola University of Chicago), who passed away earlier this month at the age of 88.

Cristian Macelaru

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Andrew talks with young Romanian-born American conductor Cristian Macelaru, associate conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra.  Macelaru leads this coming week’s Chicago Symphony Orchestra concerts: works of Stravinsky, Ravel, and Debussy curated by Pierre Boulez.

Riccardo Muti (February 2014 – Part 2 of 2)

Andrew speaks with Chicago Symphony Orchestra Music Director Riccardo Muti in the conclusion of a new, two-part conversation.