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Andrew Patner on Arts and Culture

Remembering Roger Ebert (Rebroadcast)

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.

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Bob Riesman (Author) on Big Bill Broonzy – Part 2 (Rebroadcast)

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Andrew talks with Bob Riesman, author of the recent book “I Feel So Good: The Life and Times of Big Bill Broonzy,” in the second of a series on the legendary Chicago blues and folk musician.

 

 

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Piano Music of Boris Papandopulo (Rebroadcast)

1987 portrait by Paul Struck, courtesy Mrs. Zdenka Papandopulo

Tonight on Critical Thinking with Andrew Patner, we feature music recently recorded by Wisconsin-based pianist Nicholas Phillips of Croatian composer Boris Papandopulo (1906-1991).

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Deborah Rutter’s Exit Interview – Part 2 of 2

Andrew shares the second hour of a two-part “exit interview with music” with Deborah F. Rutter.  Rutter leaves her longtime position as president of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association today to head the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. beginning in September.

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Deborah Rutter’s Exit Interview – Part 1 of 2

Andrew shares the first hour of a two-part “exit interview with music” with Deborah F. Rutter.  Deborah leaves her longtime position as president of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association at the end of this month to head the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. beginning in September.
Catch part two of this conversation Monday, June 30 at 10:00pm on WFMT 98.7-FM in Chicago, and streaming live at wfmt.com .
 

 

 

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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.

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Riccardo Muti

Andrew shares a new conversation with Riccardo Muti.  The Chicago Symphony Orchestra music director talks about Verdi he has not conducted, Richard Strauss works he plans to add to his repertoire, and the role of principal players in an ensemble.

 

Riccardo Muti leads the final CSO programs of the season — the Schubert Fifth Symphony and the Mahler First — Thursday through Saturday at Orchestra Hall.

 

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Finian’s Rainbow (Rebroadcast)

Andrew revives the 1947 Broadway musical by E.Y. “Yip” Harburg and Burl Lane, “Finian’s Rainbow” via its original cast recording.

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Jack Zimmerman (Rebroadcast from 2011)

A conversation with Chicago-native Jack Zimmerman, whose CD of autobiographical stories and original music entitled The Gift is gaining national popularity.

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Remembering Maya Angelou

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

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