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Andrew Patner on Arts and Culture

Critic’s Choice

Wednesdays at 10:00 am
Saturdays (after the opera)
Sundays at 8:30 am
Critic’s Choice is a weekly feature in which WFMT’s Critic-at-Large Andrew Patner shares his observations on arts and culture, from performances at Orchestra Hall to happenings in overlooked Chicago neighborhoods to festivals around the world.

Where Does Greatness Come From? (Rebroadcast)

Andrew shares an article written by Gerald Stein from last year regarding greatness and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Remembering Roger Ebert (Rebroadcast)

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With the acclaimed Steve James documentary on the late Roger Ebert, Life Itself, now in theaters, Andrew rebroadcasts his commentary from Roger’s death in April of last year.

The Beethoven Festival Problem

This year’s Beethoven Festival, scheduled to take place in September, is in trouble.  Andrew outlines its problems, and points to solutions in this week’s Critic’s Choice.

Remembering Maya Angelou

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Andrew remembers civil rights activist and award-winning author and poet Dr. Maya Angelou, who passed away today at 86.

The Hills Are Alive (Rebroadcast)

Andrew recommends Lyric Opera of Chicago’s production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music.

Wrapping Up James Thurber’s Fables for Our Time

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Andrew brings the last of his readings from James Thurber’s “Fables for Our Time.”

Let’s Get Working

The University of Chicago celebrates Studs Terkel May 9 – 11 with its Let’s Get Working festival.

The Hills are Alive

Andrew recommends Lyric Opera of Chicago’s production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music.

Vienna Philharmonic’s Nazi Ties (Rebroadcast from 2013)

The recent announcement that the third $1-million Birgit Nilsson Prize in music would be awarded to the Vienna Philharmonic prompted Andrew to re-air this commentary from last year concerning the report which confirmed the Vienna Philharmonic’s Nazi ties.

Baseball Poet (rebroadcast)

From the September 2009 issue of Poetry, Andrew shares a poem by former Tampa Bay Ray outfielder Fernando Perez.