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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.

Auditorium Theater Turns 125

Andrew reviews the Auditorium Theater’s 125th Anniversary Gala.

Designing a Ring

Andrew talks about Tuesday’s press gathering with the design and creative teams of Lyric Opera of Chicago’s forthcoming Ring Cycle.

Remembering Mike Nichols

Andrew shares memories of Mike Nichols, who died Wednesday at 83.

Happy Almost 90th Birthday, Pierre Boulez

Andrew talks about the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s commemorations of Helen Regenstein Conductor Emeritus Pierre Boulez’s upcoming 90th birthday.  Happy almost birthday, Maestro!

Intimacy and Connection

Andrew discusses intimacy in performance in this week’s Critic’s Choice.

Happy Anniversary, Lyric!

Andrew reflects on various anniversaries of Lyric Opera of Chicago as it turns 60.

This Week’s Choice

Andrew talks about Chicago’s many fine, small-budget music ensembles in this week’s Critic’s Choice.

Don Giovanni at Lyric Opera of Chicago

Andrew recommends Robert Falls’s Lyric Opera Don Giovanni.

Macbeth and a Breathless Opening Weekend

Andrew previews an exciting weekend of events in Chicago.

The Season is Upon Us

Andrew outlines the must-see Chicago music events for the month of September.