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Andrew Patner on Arts and Culture

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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Bob Riesman (Author) on Big Bill Broonzy – Part 1 (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 first of a series on the legendary Chicago blues and folk musician.

The Hills Are Alive (Rebroadcast)

Andrew recommends Lyric Opera of Chicago’s production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music.

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Music of Terry Callier (Rebroadcast)

Andrew presents recordings of Chicago-born singer/songwriter Terry Callier, who died in 2012 at the age of 67.

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Wrapping Up James Thurber’s Fables for Our Time

Andrew brings the last of his readings from James Thurber’s “Fables for Our Time.”

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