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Andrew Patner on Arts and Culture

The View from Here

Reflections, reviews, and reports from the Chicago-based author, broadcaster, journalist, and arts critic.

W.S. Di Piero

Andrew reads two poems by his latest Critical Thinking guest, W.S. Di Piero, winner of the 2012 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize.

When the Moon Shines Over Ravinia: Stephanie Blythe brings her Kate Smith tribute to the Martin Theatre Monday night

  Stephanie Blythe sings Kate Smith Opera star brings beloved Americana to Ravinia   with Craig Terry, piano Monday, July 2 at 8 p.m. Martin Theatre, Ravinia 200 Ravinia Park Road Highland Park, Ill. 847-266-5100; ravinia.org   Read my full story and interview with Stephanie Blythe here. And see you at Ravinia!  

Lyric Opera of Chicago taps rainy-day fund for 23rd balanced budget in 24 years

Incoming Lyric general director Anthony Freud inherits a balanced budget

My Tuesday May 24 Chicago Sun-Times story on Lyric Opera of Chicago‘s 2011 annual meeting and 2010-2011 financial reports. Aided by reserve fund, Lyric Opera in the black Raises fundraising goals for 2011-12 BY ANDREW PATNER Lyric Opera of Chicago, internationally renowned among arts organizations for its fiscal solvency, reported a balanced budget for its more…

My (radio) guest tonight — David Ferry, 2011 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize winner

Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize winner David Ferry

Tonight from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. CDT on 98.7WFMT Radio Chicago and via free streaming anywhere in the world at wfmt.com my guest will be the esteemed poet and translator David Ferry, 87, this year’s winner of the $100,000 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize from the Chicago-based Poetry Foundation, publishers of Poetry magazine (founded in more…

CSO: Morlot + Martin = un événement spectaculaire de la trompette française, et aussi . . .

Christopher Martin

My Saturday May 21 Chicago Sun-Times and suntimes.com review of the Thursday May 19, 2011 Chicago Symphony Orchestra program with guest conductor Ludovic Morlot in music of Dutilleux, Jolivet, Tomasi, and Roussel, with CSO principal trumpet Christopher Martin. Morlot’s an idiomatic hand and Martin’s a trumpet marvel in CSO’s mixed 20th-century French program Solo playing more…

My (radio) guests tonight — Carlos Kalmar and Leigh Levine from Chicago’s Grant Park Music Festival

Carlos Kalmar -- by Bruce Foster -- The Oregonian

Tonight from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. CDT on 98.7WFMT Radio Chicago and via free streaming anywhere in the world at wfmt.com my guests will be Carlos Kalmar, principal conductor, and Leigh Levine, interim executive director, of Chicago’s annual, free, municipally-supported Grant Park Music Festival. Fresh off of a triumph as music director of the more…

CSO’s Chicago Youth in Music Festival wraps up with Muti, Ma, the governor, and the Daley family

My Monday May 16 Chicago Sun-Times story on the Sunday May 15, 2011 concluding program of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra‘s Chicago Youth in Music Festival. Concert teams Muti, Ma with young talent A bevy of Quinns and Daleys, too BY ANDREW PATNER The combine of Riccardo Muti, Yo-Yo Ma, and the tireless staff and players more…

CSO and Muti: new work from Mason Bates, an early Strauss rarity, and Yo-Yo Ma’s Schumann

My Saturday May 14 Chicago Sun-Times review of the Thursday May 12, 2011 Chicago Symphony Orchestra program with music director Riccardo Muti in music of Mason Bates, Schumann, and Richard Strauss, with ‘cellist Yo-Yo Ma. Riccardo Muti’s youthful leanings emerge Mason Bates première, early Strauss, and Yo-Yo Ma on the bill BY ANDREW PATNER Even more…

Mason Bates takes the stage with CSO/Muti and the floor with MusicNOW at Redmoon this week

A little preview, with small cuts restored, of Mason Bates’s concerts this week with the CSO and MusicNOW (at Redmoon) that I have in today’s Chicago Sun-Times and suntimes.com. CSO composer Mason Bates a disc jockey by night At home in many musical worlds BY ANDREW PATNER He listens to Poulenc piano pieces and Pink more…

My (radio) guest tonight — the words of writer James Alan McPherson

James Alan McPherson

Tonight from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. CDT on 98.7WFMT Radio Chicago and via free streaming anywhere in the world at wfmt.com I’ll be doing something a bit different, reading a favorite short story by James Alan McPherson, “A Matter of Vocabulary” from his 1969 collection Hue and Cry. A longtime faculty member at the more…