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Andrew Patner on Arts and Culture

A Conversation with Alex Ross (Rebroadcast from 2010)

In a program first aired November 15, 2010, Andrew’s guest is New Yorker music critic, award-winning and best-selling author of The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century, MacArthur Fellow, and music weblog pioneer with therestisnoise.com, Mr. Alex Ross, discussing his then-new book of essays and profiles, Listen To This.

From bass lines to Björk, Marian Anderson to Radiohead, Bob Dylan to Brahms, Alex brings together topics from his acclaimed New Yorker pieces, mixes in a new essay and lots of great notes and references, and places them elegantly between two hard covers.

The Interrupters (Rebroadcast)

Ameena Matthews, violence interrupter

Ameena Matthews in a scene from The Interrupters (Steve James and Alex Kotlowitz, 2011)

First aired August 8, 2011, Andrew Patner talks with Steve James (Hoop Dreams, Kartemquin Films), Alex Kotlowitz (There Are No Children Here), and Cobe Williams (the CeaseFire project) about their acclaimed documentary, The Interrupters.

Made in Chicago, the film looks at the efforts of a remarkable group of those formerly in trouble with the law to work to bring the cycle of violence in the inner city to a halt.

Black Sabbath (no, not that Black Sabbath) – Part 2 of 2 (rebroadcast)

In a part two of a two-part program that first aired on WFMT January 27, 2014, Andrew Patner presents Black Sabbath: The Secret Musical History of Black-Jewish Relations,  a remarkable collection of Black American recording artists performing Yiddish and other Jewish songs.  In this program we’ll hear Aretha Franklin, Nina Simone, The Temptations, and Johnny Mathis.

Black Sabbath (no, not that Black Sabbath) – Part 1 of 2 (rebroadcast)

In a part one of a two-part program that first aired on WFMT December 30, 2013, Andrew Patner presents Black Sabbath: The Secret Musical History of Black-Jewish Relations,  a remarkable collection of Black American recording artists performing Yiddish and other Jewish songs.

Sheldon Harnick – Part 2 of 2 (rebroadcast)

The second of Andrew Patner’s two-part conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning lyricist Sheldon Harnick, who was in town for an encore production of his “Fiorello!” at the TimeLine Theatre Company on Chicago’s north side.  The program first aired on April 7, 2008.

Wrapping Up Andrew Patner’s “Critic’s Choice”

The life of Andrew Patner, WFMT critic-at-large and Sun-Times contributing classical music critic, will be celebrated Wednesdsay, March 18 at 7:00pm in Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center, 220 South Michigan Avenue.  The event is free and open to the public.
 
In tribute to our late colleague, we will continue to air his work with Monday night re-broadcasts of Critical Thinking, but today’s Critic’s Choice with Andrew Patner is the last we will broadcast on WFMT.  First heard May 14, 2014, this segment was the conclusion of a series wherein Andrew Patner read from James Thurber’s “Fables for Our Time.”

Maestro Riccardo Muti on Andrew Patner

Riccardo Muti and Andrew Patner at the Salzburg Festival.

Riccardo Muti and Andrew Patner at the Salzburg Festival.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra Music Director Riccardo Muti enjoyed a close friendship with WFMT’s late Critic-at-Large Andrew Patner. WFMT Program Director David Polk recorded a conversation with Maestro Muti about Andrew in anticipation of a public celebration of his life which takes place this Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 7:00 pm in Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center.

James Thurber #2 (Rebroadcast)

In a segment first heard December 8, 2010, Andrew Patner reads selections from James Thurber’s Fables for our Time.

Sheldon Harnick – Part 1 of 2 (rebroadcast)

The first of Andrew Patner’s two-part conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning lyricist Sheldon Harnick, who was in town for an encore production of his “Fiorello!” at the TimeLine Theatre Company on Chicago’s north side.  The program first aired on March 31st, 2008.

Andrew Patner Memorial Celebration – March 18 at Orchestra Hall

The life of Andrew Patner, WFMT critic-at-large and Sun-Times contributing classical music critic, will be celebrated March 18 at 7:00pm in Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center, 220 South Michigan Avenue.  The event is free and open to the public.

Musical tributes during the celebration will be provided by members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Lyric Opera Orchestra, as well as jazz pianists Willie and Bethany Pickens.

Per his family’s request, donations in Andrew’s memory may be made to Chicago Children’s Choir.