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Andrew Patner on Arts and Culture

James Alan McPherson: A Matter of Vocabulary (Rebroadcast)

James Alan McPhersonHue and Cry by James Alan McPherson (cover)

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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Piano Music of Boris Papandopulo (Rebroadcast)

1987 portrait by Paul Struck, courtesy Mrs. Zdenka Papandopulo

Tonight on Critical Thinking with Andrew Patner, we feature music recently recorded by Wisconsin-based pianist Nicholas Phillips of Croatian composer Boris Papandopulo (1906-1991).

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Deborah Rutter’s Exit Interview – Part 2 of 2

Andrew shares the second hour of a two-part “exit interview with music” with Deborah F. Rutter.  Rutter leaves her longtime position as president of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association today to head the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. beginning in September.

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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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