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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.

Maestro Riccardo Muti on Andrew Patner

Riccardo Muti and Andrew Patner at the Salzburg Festival.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra Music Director Riccardo Muti enjoyed a close friendship with WFMT’s late Critic-at-Large Andrew Patner. WFMT Program Director David Polk recorded a conversation with Maestro Muti about Andrew in anticipation of a public celebration of his life which takes place this Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 7:00 pm in Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center.

Sheldon Harnick – Part 1 of 2 (rebroadcast)


The first of Andrew Patner’s two-part conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning lyricist Sheldon Harnick, who was in town for an encore production of his “Fiorello!” at the TimeLine Theatre Company on Chicago’s north side.  The program first aired on March 31st, 2008.

Andrew Patner Memorial Celebration – March 18 at Orchestra Hall

patner for memorial

The life of Andrew Patner, WFMT critic-at-large and Sun-Times contributing classical music critic, will be celebrated March 18 at 7:00pm in Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center, 220 South Michigan Avenue.  The event is free and open to the public. Musical tributes during the celebration will be provided by members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Lyric more…

Music of Terry Callier (Rebroadcast)


First aired on 10/29/2012, Andrew Patner presents recordings of Chicago-born singer/songwriter Terry Callier, who died in 2012 at the age of 67. (Includes a forward from WFMT program director David Polk)

The Passenger


The radio premiere of an Andrew Patner interview with Lyric Opera of Chicago General Director Anthony Freud on the topic of Mieczysław Weinberg’s opera The Passenger, which makes its Lyric Opera debut tomorrow night, February 24th, a live broadcast you’ll hear on WFMT and at 7:15pm (CST).  The Passenger runs through March 15th at the Civic more…

Lincoln and Music (Rebroadcast)


A forward from WFMT’s Matt DeStefano: Two  weeks ago, on Critical Thinking with Andrew Patner, we heard the latest in his series of consistently  inquisitive, intellectually stimulating, enlightening conversations with Chicago Symphony Orchestra music director Riccardo Muti.  The next morning, we woke up to the shocking and sad news that our Andrew, our colleague, WFMT’s more…

Some World War II Instrumental Jazz

Andrew shares some upbeat American jazz records from the dark days of the Second World War in early 1944.

Riccardo Muti


In a new conversation, Andrew speaks with Chicago Symphony Orchestra Music Director Riccardo Muti.

Peter Cole on “The Invention of Influence”


Andrew talks with poet, translator, and critic Peter Cole about his new book, The Invention of Influence, inspired by the life of Victor Tausk, a maverick and tragic early disciple of Sigmund Freud.  

Peter Cole (Rebroadcast)


Poet and translator Peter Cole on Hebrew Poetry from Muslim and Christian Spain. Cole translated, edited and introduced The Dream of the Poem: Hebrew Poetry from Muslim and Christian Spain 950-1492 (Princeton University Press).