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Andrew Patner on Arts and Culture

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

In the first of a two-part program that first aired March 3, 2014, Andrew Patner shared some of the commissioned pieces from U.S. composers on “American Vernacular: new music for solo piano,” a recording from Midwest pianist Nicholas Phillips.

David Lang – Part 2 of 2 (rebroadcast)

In the second of a two-part program that first aired on August 19, 2013, Andrew Patner talks with composer, performer, and teacher David Lang, co-founder of Bang on a Can, and shares his music.

David Lang – Part 1 of 2 (rebroadcast)

In a program that first aired on August 12, 2013, Andrew Patner interviews composer, performer, and teacher David Lang in the first of two programs with the co-founder of Bang on a Can.  Shortly after this program first aired, David Lang’s Pulitzer Prize-winning “the little match girl passion” made its Ravinia premiere at the Martin Theatre.

The New Classic Singers of the College of DuPage performed the work in concert and also on Live from WFMT in March 2011.

Lee Sandlin (rebroadcast)

Chicago author Lee Sandlin died unexpectedly in December of 2014.  On August 15 of this year, the Chicago City Council ordained the 4500 block of N. Artesian Avenue at the Southeast corner of Wilson and Artesian to be hereby known as LEE SANDLIN WAY.

In his memory, we rebroadcast Andrew Patner’s 2013 conversation with Lee Sandlin about his books Storm Kings: The Untold History of America’s Tornado Chasers and Wicked River: The Mississippi When It Last Ran Wild.

Matthew Aucoin (Composer)

In a conversation recorded June 20, 2014, and airing for the first time tonight, Andrew Patner talks with composer/conductor/pianist Matthew Aucoin, whose opera for young people, Second Nature (for which he composed the music and libretto), makes its world premiere this week at the Lincoln Park Zoo with performances 8/19 at 10:00am and 12:00pm, and 8/20 at 4:00pm and 6:00pm.

Second Nature was commissioned by Lyric Opera of Chicago, and will go on a tour around the Chicago area this fall.

A Quartet of Quartets (Rebroadcast)

In a program that first aired on April 14, 2014, Andrew Patner shares a sampling from American works on releases from the Spektral, JACK, Lark, and Sō Percussion quartets.

Bernard Haitink (Rebroadcast)

In a program that first aired January 13, 2014, Andrew Patner talks with Bernard Haitink discussing his 60th anniversary year as a conductor of leading international orchestras.

Jeremy Denk (Rebroadcast)

In a program that first aired on June 4, 2012, Andrew’s guest is pianist and writer Jeremy Denk, who was then in town for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Keys to the City Piano Festival.

Leonard Slatkin (rebroadcast)

In a program that first aired April 21, 2014, Andrew Patner’s guest is conductor Leonard Slatkin discussing his work with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and in Lyon, and the music of William Schuman.


W.S. Di Piero – Part 2 of 2 (rebroadcast)

In the second of a two-part conversation that first aired July 9, 2012, Andrew Patner speaks with poet and winner of the 2012 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, W.S. Di Piero.