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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.

Piano Music of Boris Papandopulo (Rebroadcast)

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Tonight on Critical Thinking with Andrew Patner, we feature music recently recorded by Wisconsin-based pianist Nicholas Phillips of Croatian composer Boris Papandopulo (1906-1991).

Deborah Rutter’s Exit Interview – Part 2 of 2

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Andrew shares the second hour of a two-part “exit interview with music” with Deborah F. Rutter.  Rutter leaves her longtime position as president of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association today to head the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. beginning in September.

Deborah Rutter’s Exit Interview – Part 1 of 2

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Andrew shares the first hour of a two-part “exit interview with music” with Deborah F. Rutter.  Deborah leaves her longtime position as president of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association at the end of this month to head the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. beginning in September. Catch part two more…

Riccardo Muti

Riccardo Muti, shown leading the CSO last month, has won the Prince of Asturias Award. | Richard A. Chapman~Sun-Times

Andrew shares a new conversation with Riccardo Muti.  The Chicago Symphony Orchestra music director talks about Verdi he has not conducted, Richard Strauss works he plans to add to his repertoire, and the role of principal players in an ensemble.   Riccardo Muti leads the final CSO programs of the season — the Schubert Fifth more…

Finian’s Rainbow (Rebroadcast)

Andrew revives the 1947 Broadway musical by E.Y. “Yip” Harburg and Burl Lane, “Finian’s Rainbow” via its original cast recording.  

Jack Zimmerman (Rebroadcast from 2011)

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A conversation with Chicago-native Jack Zimmerman, whose CD of autobiographical stories and original music entitled The Gift is gaining national popularity.

Bob Riesman (Author) on Big Bill Broonzy – Part 1 (Rebroadcast)

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Andrew talks with Bob Riesman, author of the recent book “I Feel So Good: The Life and Times of Big Bill Broonzy,” in the first of a series on the legendary Chicago blues and folk musician.

Music of Terry Callier (Rebroadcast)

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Andrew presents recordings of Chicago-born singer/songwriter Terry Callier, who died in 2012 at the age of 67.

Walter Massey (Part 2 of 2)

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In the conclusion of a new two-part conversation with music, Andrew talks with physicist and educator Walter E. Massey, president of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  Walter Massey has led many and varied major institutions, including Argonne National Laboratory, the National Science Foundation, and his alma mater, Morehouse College in his nearly more…

Walter Massey (Part 1 of 2)

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In the first of a new two-part conversation with music, Andrew talks with physicist and educator Walter E. Massey, president of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  Walter Massey has led many and varied major institutions, including Argonne National Laboratory, the National Science Foundation, and his alma mater, Morehouse College in his nearly more…