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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.

Bernard Haitink (Rebroadcast)

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Andrew presents a 2014 conversation with Bernard Haitink discussing his 60th anniversary year as a conductor of leading international orchestras.

Nicholas Phillips: New Music for Solo Piano – Part 1 (Rebroadcast)

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Andrew shares some of the commissioned pieces from U.S. composers on “American Vernacular: new music for solo piano,” the latest recording from Midwest pianist Nicholas Phillips. (And an additional teaser, too, from Chicago composer Bernard Rands, who celebrated his 80th birthday in March)

James Alan McPherson: A Matter of Vocabulary (Rebroadcast)

In an encore presentation from 2011, Andrew reads a favorite short story by James Alan McPherson, “A Matter of Vocabulary” from his 1969 collection Hue and Cry. A longtime faculty member at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop at The University of Iowa, McPherson, born in Savannah, Georgia, in 1943, was in the first class of MacArthur Fellows more…

Jeremy Denk (Rebroadcast)

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Andrew’s guest is pianist and writer Jeremy Denk, who was in town for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Keys to the City Piano Festival.  Jeremy’s new album Ligeti/Beethoven is out now on the Nonesuch label.

Bob Riesman (Author) on Big Bill Broonzy – Part 3 (Rebroadcast)

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Andrew continues with the conclusion of his conversation with Bob Riesman, author of the recent book “I Feel So Good: The Life and Times of Big Bill Broonzy,” on the legendary Chicago blues and folk musician.  

Bob Riesman (Author) on Big Bill Broonzy – Part 2 (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 second of a series on the legendary Chicago blues and folk musician.    

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…