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Maestro Muti on Andrew Patner

Chicago Symphony Orchestra Music Director Riccardo Muti enjoyed a close friendship with WFMT’s late Critic-at-Large Andrew Patner. Join David Polk tonight at 10:00 pm for a conversation with Maestro Muti about Andrew in anticipation of a public celebration of his life which takes place this Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 7:00 pm in Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center. The program will be available for listening online at

The Andrew Patner Celebration is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required. Seating is general admission and on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open at 6:15 p.m the day of the event.

Andrew Patner, who passed away on February 3, was the Critic-at-Large for WFMT-FM and contributing critic on classical music for the Chicago Sun-Times. A Chicago native and longtime Hyde Park resident, he also was a popular speaker, lecturer and moderator, and author of I.F. Stone: A Portrait (Pantheon, 1988).

WFMT’s “free spirit” and host Studs Terkel wrote that Andrew Patner “has emerged as perhaps the finest observer of the arts that we have.” Alex Ross, music critic of The New Yorker magazine, called Patner “one of the wisest, wittiest, most generous, most avid, most altogether vital people in the world of the arts. He offered advice, he offered criticism, he offered time, and he offered knowledge—staggeringly encyclopedic knowledge—on every imaginable subject.”

Members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera Orchestra and jazz pianists Willie and Bethany Pickens, among others, will provide musical tributes during the March 18 celebration of Patner’s life and legacy.

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