Groucho #1 (Rebroadcast) (Critic's Choice)07/30/14
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 [...]
Jeremy Denk (Rebroadcast) (Critical Thinking)
Andrew's guest is pianist and writerJeremy Denk, who was in town for theChicago Symphony Orchestra'sKeys to the City Piano Festival.Jeremy's new albumLigeti/Beethovenis out now on the Nonesuch label [...]
Where Does Greatness Come From? (Rebroadcast) (Critic's Choice)
Andrew shares anarticlewritten by Gerald Stein from last year regarding greatness and theChicago Symphony Orchestra [...]
Bob Riesman (Author) on Big Bill Broonzy – Part 3 (Rebroadcast)...
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.   [...]
Remembering Roger Ebert (Rebroadcast) (Critic's Choice)
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 [...]
Bob Riesman (Author) on Big Bill Broonzy – Part 2 (Rebroadcast)...
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.   [...]
Piano Music of Boris Papandopulo (Rebroadcast) (Critical Thinking)
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) [...]
Deborah Rutter’s Exit Interview – Part 2 of 2 (Critical Thinking)
Andrewshares the second hour of a two-part "exit interview with music" withDeborah F. Rutter. Rutter leaves her longtime position as president of theChicago Symphony Orchestra Associationtoday to head theJohn F. Kennedy Center for the Performing...
The Beethoven Festival Problem (Critic's Choice)
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 [...]
Jack Zimmerman (Rebroadcast from 2011) (Critical Thinking)
A conversation with Chicago-native Jack Zimmerman, whose CD of autobiographical stories and original music entitled The Gift is gaining national popularity [...]
Remembering Maya Angelou (Critic's Choice)
Andrew remembers civil rights activist and award-winning author and poet Dr. Maya Angelou, who passed away today at [...]
Bob Riesman (Author) on Big Bill Broonzy (Part 1 of 3 – Rebroadcast)...
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) (Critic's Choice)
Andrew recommends Lyric Opera of Chicago's production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's The Sound of Music [...]
Wrapping Up James Thurber’s Fables for Our Time (Critic's Choice)
Andrew brings the last of his readings from James Thurber's "Fables for Our Time." [...]
Let’s Get Working (Critic's Choice)
The University of Chicago celebrates Studs Terkel May 9 – 11 with its Let's Get Working festival [...]
Walter Massey (Part 1 of 2) (Critical Thinking)
In the first of a new two-part conversation with music, Andrew talks with physicist and educator Walter E. Massey, president of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Walter Massey has led many and varied major institutions, including Argonne...
Jeff Garlin (rebroadcast from 2012) (Critical Thinking)
Andrew's guest is Chicago-native comedian Jeff Garlin, co-star and an executive producer of HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm" starring Larry David. The release of the documentary film "Finding Vivian Maier," now showing at the Landmark Theatres in Chicago...
Vienna Philharmonic’s Nazi Ties (Rebroadcast from 2013) (Critic's...
The recent announcement that the third $1-million Birgit Nilsson Prize in music would be awarded to the Vienna Philharmonic prompted Andrew to re-air this commentary from last year concerning the report which confirmed the Vienna Philharmonic's Nazi...
Leonard Slatkin (Critical Thinking)
Andrew's guest is conductor Leonard Slatkin discussing his work with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and in Lyon and the music of William Schuman. Mr. Slatkin leads one more performance of Schuman, Barber, Bates, and Gershwin withthe Chicago Symphony...
Baseball Poet (rebroadcast) (Critic's Choice)
From the September 2009 issue of Poetry, Andrew shares a poem by former Tampa Bay Ray outfielder Fernando Perez [...]
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