Bernard Haitink (Rebroadcast) (Critical Thinking)08/19/14
Andrew presents a 2014 conversation with Bernard Haitink discussing his 60th anniversary year as a conductor of leading international orchestras [...]
Body and Soul and Robin Williams (Critic's Choice)
Andrew returns to the airwaves following a seven week recovery from a fall. Andrew remembers Robin Williams and discusses matters of mental health in this week's Critic's Choice [...]
Nicholas Phillips: New Music for Solo Piano – Part 1 (Rebroadcast)...
Andrew shares some of the commissioned pieces from U.S. composers on "American Vernacular: new music for solo piano," the latest recording from Midwest pianist Nicholas Phillips. (And an additional teaser, too, from Chicago composer Bernard Rands, who...
James Alan McPherson: A Matter of Vocabulary (Rebroadcast) (Critical...
In an encore presentation from 2011, Andrew readsa 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,...
Groucho #1 (Rebroadcast) (Critic's Choice)
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...
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