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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.

Miranda Cuckson plays Nono (rebroadcast)


In a program from 2012, Andrew Patner shares a recording by enterprising American violinist Miranda Cuckson of the penultimate work of 20th-century modernist Luigi Nono.

Music of Terry Callier (Rebroadcast)


In a program from 2012, Andrew Patner presents recordings of Chicago-born singer/songwriter Terry Callier.  

Susan Nussbaum (rebroadcast)


In a program from 2014, Andrew Patner talks with Chicago playwright and longtime disability rights activist Susan Nussbaum about her award-winning first novel Good Kings Bad Kings.

A Quartet of Quartets (rebroadcast)


In a program from 2014, Andrew Patner shares a sampling from American works on releases from the Spektral, JACK, Lark, and Sō Percussion quartets.

Finian’s Rainbow (Rebroadcast)


In a program from 2010, Andrew Patner revives the 1947 Broadway musical by E.Y. “Yip” Harburg and Burl Lane, “Finian’s Rainbow” via its original cast recording.

Piano Music of Boris Papandopulo (Rebroadcast)


In a program from November of 2011, Andrew Patner features music  recorded by Wisconsin-based pianist Nicholas Phillips of Croatian composer Boris Papandopulo (1906-1991).

Riccardo Muti (rebroadcast from June 2014)

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

In a program from June of 2014, Andrew Patner shares a 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.

Music of Marvin Hamlisch (rebroadcast)


In a program from September of 2012, Andrew Patner shares a listen to selections from the late Marvin Hamlisch‘s score to the Pulitzer Prize- and multiple Tony-Award-winning 1975 show A Chorus Line.  He also has some recordings of another artist with surprising parallels to Hamlisch.

Margaret Hawkins (rebroadcast)


In a program from September of 2014, Andrew Patner talks with Chicago author, art critic, and School of the Art Institute teacher Margaret Hawkins about her latest novel,  Lydia’s Party.

Randy Kroszner – Part 2 of 2 (rebroadcast)


From September of 2014, the second of Andrew Patner’s two-part discussion about the role of economics and economists in American society with Randy Kroszner, Norman R. Bobins Professor of Economics at the Booth School of Business of The University of Chicago and a former Governor of the Federal Reserve System.