Rank #1: Krzysztof Penderecki, composer/conductor (Critical Thinking)
In a program from 2011, Andrew Patner’s guest is Krzysztof Penderecki, in a conversation recorded when the distinguished Polish composer and conductor was in Chicago leading concerts at the Grand Park Music Festival.
Jul 25 2017
Rank #2: Piano Music of Boris Papandopulo (Rebroadcast) (Critical Thinking)
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).
Jul 08 2014
Rank #3: Randy Kroszner – Part 2 of 2 (Critical Thinking)
The second of Andrew’s two-part discussion about the role of economics and economists in American society with Randy Kroszner, Norman R. Bobins Professor of Economics at the Booth School of Business of The University of Chicago and a former Governor of the Federal Reserve System.
Sep 02 2014
Rank #4: The Season is Upon Us (Critic's Choice)
Andrew outlines the must-see Chicago music events for the month of September.
Sep 10 2014
Rank #5: Where Does Greatness Come From? (Rebroadcast) (Critic's Choice)
Jul 23 2014
Rank #6: Randy Kroszner – Part 1 of 2 (Critical Thinking)
The first of Andrew’s two-part discussion about the role of economics and economists in American society with Randy Kroszner, Norman R. Bobins Professor of Economics at the Booth School of Business of The University of Chicago and a former Governor of the Federal Reserve System.
Aug 26 2014
Rank #7: 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.
Aug 13 2014
Rank #8: Bennett Gordon Hall (Critic's Choice)
Aug 20 2014
Rank #9: Bernard Haitink (Rebroadcast) (Critical Thinking)
Andrew presents a 2014 conversation with Bernard Haitink discussing his 60th anniversary year as a conductor of leading international orchestras.
Aug 19 2014
Rank #10: Nicholas Phillips: New Music for Solo Piano – Part 1 (Rebroadcast) (Critical Thinking)
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 celebrated his 80th birthday in March)
Aug 12 2014
Rank #11: James Alan McPherson: A Matter of Vocabulary (Rebroadcast) (Critical Thinking)
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.
Aug 05 2014
Rank #12: 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.
Jul 30 2014
Rank #14: Bob Riesman (Author) on Big Bill Broonzy – Part 3 (Rebroadcast) (Critical Thinking)
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.
Jul 22 2014
Rank #16: Bob Riesman (Author) on Big Bill Broonzy – Part 2 (Rebroadcast) (Critical Thinking)
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.
Jul 15 2014
Rank #17: Gianandrea Noseda, conductor (Critical Thinking)
Andrew Patner’s guest is Italian conductor and Rachmaninoff champion Gianandrea Noseda, who made his Chicago Symphony Orchestra debut leading the first-ever CSO performances of Rachmaninoff’s 1895 First Symphony.
Jul 18 2017
Rank #18: Erik Nielsen, conductor (Rebroadcast) (Critical Thinking)
In a program from 2009, Andrew Patner talks with young American conductor Erik Nielsen, 2009 Winner of a major grant of support from the Chicago-based Solti Foundation U.S.
The Iowa-born Nielsen, kapellmeister of the Frankfurt Opera, has worked closely with such leading conductors as James Levine and Bernard Haitink, and discusses the challenges and expectations facing new conductors today.
Jul 11 2017
Rank #19: Michael Morgan, conductor (Rebroadcast) (Critical Thinking)
In a program from 2009, Andrew Patner’s guest is Michael Morgan, Music Director for 20 seasons of the Oakland East Bay Symphony, and longtime Assistant Conductor of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Sir Georg Solti and Daniel Barenboim.
Jun 27 2017
Rank #20: Gustavo Dudamel (Rebroadcast) (Critical Thinking)
In a program from 2009, Andrew Patner’s guest is conductor Gustavo Dudamel.
Jun 20 2017