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Andrew Patner on Arts and Culture

Critical Thinking on Tour

Follow along from home as Andrew Patner and Matt DeStefano report from the road as they travel with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra on their Far East Asia tour and convey the happenings as they occur.

Third (and final) phone-in Florida report

Listen to Andrew Patner’s third and final call-in report to the Sunday Morning Program about the 2007 CSO Florida Tour:

Second phone-in report from Florida

Listen to Andrew’s second call-in report from Florida on “The Morning Show” with Carl and Lisa. This morning’s show was a special membership drive edition with WFMT V.P. Steve Robinson monitoring the phone room. Andrew’s second phone-in CSO Florida tour report

My Thursday Sun-Times CSO Article

CSO sparkles in Miami’s sonic gem The Chicago Sun-Times February 15, 2007

Ft. Lauderdale & Miami

The sun is out, but the temperature is stil mild and pleasant. We head back down U.S. 1 by foot again and try out the Dominican diner for reakfast/lunch. The proprietess, Carmen, is a bundle of energy, warmthm and humor switching rapidly between English, Spanish, and New York Dominican dialects, as well as between cooking, more…

Ft. Lauderdale (Part 2)

We head into downtown Ft. Lauderdale for dinner and tonight’s concert. After decades of ignoring and undoing downtown areas and zones for pedestrian animation, cities throughout Florida are trying both planned and free-market redevelopment of their former city centers. Don tells us that some areas have been so successful in attracting restaurants and nightlife that more…

Ft. Lauderdale (Part 1)

It’s rainy today, but that’s just fine. I’ve never traveled for weather and I am sure that this is one of the reasons I find visiting Florida somewhat disorienting. We sleep in a bit and then head for a walk in the light rain along Federal Highway/U.S. 1 towards and through Hollywood (Florida, that is!). more…

Ft. Lauderdale

I’ve had to change my flight from Chicago to Ft. Lauderdale three times today due to a backlog of work including getting my Sun-Times review of Lyric Opera’s “Cosi fan tutte” into proper shape. (The Sunday editor is coming in later than usual today due to Grammy Awards coverage.) My review of “Cosi fan tutte” more…

First phone-in report from Florida

98.7WFMT Critic-at-Large Andrew Patner is currently in South Florida travelling with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Listen to Andrew’s first call-in report during the Morning Show with Carl and Lisa on Tuesday, February 13 at 8:30 am. The review of the Ft. Lauderdale and Miami concerts will be in Thursday’s Chicago Sun-Times. Andrew’s Florida tour preview more…

CSO Lucerne Tour 2005 – Day 4

In speaking with the French critic Yannick Millon the other evening he remarked to me that “I will always associate the Seventh Symphony of Mahler with September 11,” for he was here in Lucerne on that day in 2001 and this was the piece that the CSO and Barenboim played that night, once the orchetra more…

CSO Lucerne Tour 2005 – Day 3

With the search process underway for a new CSO music director there has been much discussion about the changing nature of and needs for this position in the current cultural environment. But changes are taking place from the perspective of conductors as well. In talking the other day with German acoustician Eckhard Kahle, we both more…