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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.

Wrapping Up James Thurber’s Fables for Our Time


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.

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)


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