Chicago critic Andrew Patner dies
Monday, February 9, 2015 at 5:58AM
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ATCA mourns the sudden death Feb. 3 of Andrew Patner, just 55, who was an engaged, articulate member of theChicago polymath Andrew Patner Excom in the 1990s. A polymath — journalist, broadcaster and critic who covered classical music, opera, theater, dance, cabaret, visual art, architecture, books, films and public policy – he was best known in Chicago as Critic-at-Large since 1998 for 98.7 WFMT Radio, through his weekly conversation program Critical Thinking and thrice weekly Critic’s Choice commentaries.

He was also contributing critic to the Chicago Sun-Times since 1991 and appeared as a commentator on cultural and political matters for WTTW-TV. Other outlets included Chicago’s National Public Radio affiliate WBEZ-FM, Chicago magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Art & Antiques, New Yorker, Christian Science Monitor and New Art Examiner.

Andrew Patner’s author photo for his book, “I.F. Stone: A Portrait”Andrew’s chief field was music. He accompanied the Chicago Symphony Orchestra on its last 17 national and international tours. Music director Riccardo Muti said, “I had enormous respect for him as a man of great culture and deep humanity. We had a sincere friendship and his death is a tragic loss to the cultural life of Chicago.”

For the fullest list of Andrew’s extensive credits, click here. Obituaries include the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times and the University of Chicago student newspaper. A feeling memorial by New Yorker music critic Alex Ross includes other links.

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