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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.

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.

Sheldon Harnick – Part 1 of 2 (rebroadcast)

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The first 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 March 31st, 2008.

Andrew Patner Memorial Celebration – March 18 at Orchestra Hall

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The life of Andrew Patner, WFMT critic-at-large and Sun-Times contributing classical music critic, will be celebrated March 18 at 7:00pm in Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center, 220 South Michigan Avenue.  The event is free and open to the public. Musical tributes during the celebration will be provided by members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Lyric more…

Music of Terry Callier (Rebroadcast)

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First aired on 10/29/2012, Andrew Patner presents recordings of Chicago-born singer/songwriter Terry Callier, who died in 2012 at the age of 67. (Includes a forward from WFMT program director David Polk)

The Passenger

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The radio premiere of an Andrew Patner interview with Lyric Opera of Chicago General Director Anthony Freud on the topic of Mieczysław Weinberg’s opera The Passenger, which makes its Lyric Opera debut tomorrow night, February 24th, a live broadcast you’ll hear on WFMT and wfmt.com at 7:15pm (CST).  The Passenger runs through March 15th at the Civic more…