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Andrew Patner on Arts and Culture

Bernard Haitink (Rebroadcast)

Andrew presents a 2014 conversation with Bernard Haitink discussing his 60th anniversary year as a conductor of leading international orchestras.

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Body and Soul and Robin Williams

Andrew returns to the airwaves following a seven week recovery from a fall.  Andrew remembers Robin Williams and discusses matters of mental health in this week’s Critic’s Choice.

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Nicholas Phillips: New Music for Solo Piano – Part 1 (Rebroadcast)

Andrew shares some of the commissioned pieces from U.S. composers on “American Vernacular: new music for solo piano,” the latest recording from Midwest pianist Nicholas Phillips. (And an additional teaser, too, from Chicago composer Bernard Rands, who celebrated his 80th birthday in March)

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James Alan McPherson: A Matter of Vocabulary (Rebroadcast)

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In an encore presentation from 2011, Andrew reads 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 Iowa Writers’ Workshop at The University of Iowa, McPherson, born in Savannah, Georgia, in 1943, was in the first class of MacArthur Fellows in 1981, and received the 1980 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction for his second book of stories, Elbow Room.  He turned to writing full time after graduating from Harvard Law School in 1968 at age 24.   Andrew first met Jim when he was a boy in 1968, and Jim and his work have both meant a great deal to Andrew on many levels since then.  Alas, Jim’s masterpiece, “A Solo Song: For Doc,” also included in Hue and Cry, can’t be read on the radio due to some of the language.

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Groucho #1 (Rebroadcast)

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.

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Jeremy Denk (Rebroadcast)

Andrew’s guest is pianist and writer Jeremy Denk, who was in town for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Keys to the City Piano Festival.  Jeremy’s new album Ligeti/Beethoven is out now on the Nonesuch label.

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Where Does Greatness Come From? (Rebroadcast)

Andrew shares an article written by Gerald Stein from last year regarding greatness and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

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Bob Riesman (Author) on Big Bill Broonzy – Part 3 (Rebroadcast)

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Andrew continues with the conclusion of his conversation with Bob Riesman, author of the recent book “I Feel So Good: The Life and Times of Big Bill Broonzy,” on the legendary Chicago blues and folk musician.

 

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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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