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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.

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…

Jeff Garlin (rebroadcast from 2012)

Andrew’s guest is Chicago-native comedian Jeff Garlin, co-star and an executive producer of HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm” starring Larry David.  The release of the documentary film “Finding Vivian Maier,” now showing at the Landmark Theatres in Chicago and Highland Park, produced by Jeff Garlin, prompted Andrew to rebroadcast this 2012 conversation.    

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.