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Andrew Patner on Arts and Culture

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Bob Riesman (Author) on Big Bill Broonzy–Part 1

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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.    

Jace Clayton: The Julius Eastman Memory Depot

Jace Clayton: The Julius Eastman Memory Depot

Andrew previews a New Amsterdam Records CD release of Jace Clayton’s (a.k.a. DJ Rupture) explorations of works by the late, gay African-American composer Julius Eastman.  The CD is set to release on March 26th.      

Emanuel Ax (Pianist)

Andrew talks with renowned pianist Emanuel Ax, curator of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Keys to the City Piano Festival running from May 23 through June 12.  

Charles Rosen (Part 2 of 2 – Rebroadcast from 2007)

Conversation and music with eminent pianist, scholar, and critic Charles Rosen who turns 85 next month.  To celebrate this milestone, we pick up where we left off last week with the second of a pair of conversations with Rosen, which took place five years ago on the eve of his 80th birthday.

A New Conversation with Maestro Riccardo Muti

Andrew presents a new conversation (recorded Sunday 3/11) with Chicago Symphony Orchestra Music Director Riccardo Muti.

Mason Bates (Composer)

A conversation with Chicago Symphony Orchestra Mead Composer-In-Residence Mason Bates.

Francesca Zambello (Opera Stage Director)

Andrew’s guest is acclaimed opera stage director and Glimmerglass Festival artistic director Francesca Zambello, discussing her current hit production of Kern and Hammerstein’s Show Boat at Lyric Opera of Chicago through March 17.

Music of Gubaidulina

A program of music of Sofia Gubaidulina in advance of a concert in-celebration of the composer’s 80th birthday to take place at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance on Wednesday, February 15th at 7:30pm.  The concert will feature eighth blackbird and Pacifica Quartet.  

Tonight’s Guest: Riccardo Muti

Tonight on Critical Thinking, Andrew shares a new conversation — conducted just yesterday afternoon — with Chicago Symphony Orchestra music director Riccardo Muti.