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Andrew Patner on Arts and Culture

Critic’s Choice

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. It airs three times each week on 98.7WFMT – Wednesdays at 10:00 am, Saturdays after the opera broadcast and before From the Recording Horn with Andy Karzas, and Sundays at 8:30 am – and its script and the audio is posted and archived at wfmt.com/criticschoice after the first radio broadcast each week.

Baseball Poet (rebroadcast)

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

Spertus Celebrates Fiddler’s 50th

Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership celebrates the 50th anniversary of Fiddler on the Roof with a trio of special programs and a range of resources.

Adieu, Mortier

Andrew reflects on the late opera impresario and Salzburg Festival intendant Gerard Mortier.

There Is Opera in Chicago

There’s opera in Chicago, and Andrew tells you about it in this week’s Critic’s Choice.

Odyssey Poetry

Andrew reads poetry relating to Homer’s Odyssey from a recent issue of Poetry Magazine.

James Thurber – Fables for the New Year (Rebroadcast)

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Andrew brings you more from James Thurber’s “Fables for Our Time.”

Endless Summer

Andrew reviews Lyric Opera of Chicago’s staging of Rossini’s Barber of Seville, comment’s on the extension of Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Music Director Riccardo Muti’s contract, and more.

Remembering Sobol and Seeger

Andrew comments on the lives of Deborah Sobol and Pete Seeger.  

Addio Abbado

Andrew comments on the life of Maestro Claudio Abaddo, who died Monday at the age of 80.

VOX 3 Collective’s Maskarade

Andrew review’s VOX 3 Collective’s Chicago premiere of Denmark’s national opera, Carl Neilsen’s Maskarade.