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Andrew Patner on Arts and Culture

Esa-Pekka Salonen (rebroadcast)

In a program that first aired February 25, 2013, Andrew Patner talks with conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen, who was in town to conduct the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.  The Salonen-curated French Reveries & Passions Festival features the CSO and runs through May 24.

 

Andrew Patner: A Celebration

This past March 18th family, friends, and colleagues gathered in Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center to celebrate the life of critic, author, and radio presenter, Andrew Patner. Listen to a podcast* of the Celebration which includes remarks, sound collages, performances, and more.


PROGRAM

Rabbi Andy Bachman

Andrew in China (Part I)

Josh Patner

Kenny Blum


Live Performance

Bethany Pickens, solo piano


Critical Thinking Sound Collage

Steve Robinson, WFMT Station Manager, & Hannah Edgar

David Polk, WFMT Program Director


Live Performance

MOZART from Duo for Violin and Viola in G Major, K. 423, Adagio

Rong-Yan Tang Violin, Max Raimi Viola


Andrew in China (Part II)

Fred Eychaner

Lori Cannon

Seth Patner

Laura Washington


Live Performance

J.S. BACH from Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C Major BWV 564

CSO Brass: Christopher Martin Trumpet; Tage Larsen Trumpet; David Griffin Horn; Michael Mulcahy Trombone; Gene Pokorny Tuba


Andrew on “This is why we do what we do.”

Laura Emerick

Marc Geelhoed


Live Performance

BRAHMS from Sextet for Strings in G Major, Op. 36, Poco adagio

CSO Musicians: Robert Chen Violin; Stephanie Jeong Violin; Lawrence Neuman Viola; Carol Cook Viola; Brant Taylor Cello; Katinka Kleijn Cello


Andrew on Criticism vs. Reviewing

Alex Ross

Leif Ove Andsnes on Andrew

Daniel Barenboim on Andrew

Riccardo Muti on Andrew

“Soave sia il vento” from Mozart’s Così fan tutte [Vienna Philharmonic, Riccardo Muti (conductor), Barbara Frittoli (soprano), Angelika Kirschlager (mezzo-soprano), Alessandro Corbelli (baritone)]


Andrew in China (Part III)


Live Performance

Willie Pickens, solo piano


Richard Shepro

Anthony Freud


Live Performance

Aaron Copland, “At the River” (arrangement)

Will Liverman, baritone; Craig Terry, piano


Tom Bachtell

Rabbi Bachman, Kaddish

Postlude:“Float On,” The Floaters


*Note that portions of the Celebration which will be broadcast on May 11, 2015 at 10:00 pm do not appear in the podcast.

Robert Falls – Part 2 of 2 (rebroadcast)

In a program that first aired April 30, 2007, Andrew Patner’s guest is Robert Falls, marking his then-20th anniversary as artistic director of Chicago’s Goodman Theatre, in the second of a lively two-part conversation.

Robert Falls – Part 1 of 2 (rebroadcast)

In a program that first aired April 30, 2007, Andrew Patner’s guest is Robert Falls, marking his then-20th anniversary as artistic director of Chicago’s Goodman Theatre, in the first of a lively two-part conversation.

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.”