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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.

Jay Tunney (rebroadcast)


Gene Tunney and Bernard Shaw vacationing together on the island of Brioni in 1929 — Associated Press In a program from November of 2011, Andrew Patner’s guest is author Jay R. Tunney, discussing his book The Prizefighter and the Playwright: Gene Tunney and Bernard Shaw (Firefly Books, Buffalo and Richmond Hill, Ontario) about the long and more…

The Interrupters (rebroadcast)


Ameena Matthews in a scene from The Interrupters (Steve James and Alex Kotlowitz, 2011)   In a program from August of 2011, Andrew 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 more…

Cristian Macelaru (Rebroadcast)


In a program from February, 2014, Andrew Patner talks with young Romanian-born American conductor Cristian Macelaru.  

American Music (rebroadcast)


In a program from July of 2011, Andrew Patner presents a program of music by American composers and performers — local performers and a number of local composers  — featuring recordings from the Chicago Clarinet Trio (including composers Max Raimi and Larry Combs [!]), soprano Christine Brewer in recital with pianist Roger Vignoles, and jazz vocalist Carole March more…

Jean-Yves Thibaudet (rebroadcast)


In a program from November of 2009, Andrew Patner’s guest is French-born pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet.

Grant Park Music Festival (rebroadcast)


In a program from May of 2011, Andrew Patner’s guests are Grant Park Music Festival principal conductor and artistic director Carlos Kalmar, and Festival general manager Leigh Levine.

Nico Muhly (rebroadcast)


In a program from August of 2008, Andrew Patner is joined by composer/arranger/conductor/ musician Nico Muhly for conversation with music, in an interview recorded in an eerie, concrete room in Chicago’s Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center.

Riccardo Muti, Oct. 2009 (rebroadcast)


In a program from October of 2009, Andrew Patner talks with then-Chicago Symphony Orchestra music director designate Riccardo Muti. Maestro Muti discussed his views on Bruckner, Verdi, and Brahms as he prepared for four performances of Brahms’s German Requiem.

Donald Nally, conductor (rebroadcast)


In a program from 2009, Andrew Patner is joined by then-chorus master of the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Donald Nally, discussing and playing recordings of Nally’s Philadelphia-based contemporary choral group, The Crossing.

David Robertson, conductor (rebroadcast)


In a program from July of 2012, Andrew Patner speaks with St. Louis Symphony Orchestra music director and Sydney Symphony Orchestra chief conductor, David Robertson.