Eastern Orthodox church music for the Christmas Season

Andrew Patner, WFMT’s late critic-at-large, explores the rich world of Eastern Orthodox church music for the Christmas season.

Composer Matthew Aucoin

In a conversation recorded June 20, 2014, and airing for the first time tonight, Andrew Patner talks with composer, conductor, and pianist Matthew Aucoin, whose opera for young people, Second Nature (for which he composed the music and libretto), makes its world premiere this week at the Lincoln Park Zoo with performances 8/19 at 10:00am and 12:00pm, and 8/20 at 4:00pm and 6:00pm. …

Stream: Critical Thinking with Andrew Patner: A 1973 Chicago Children’s Choir Christmas

Mary had a baby. In a program from 2013, Andrew Patner shares the 1973 Brewster LP recording wherein The Chicago Children’s Choir merrily sings about this event (and more).