David Patrick Stearns

Arts Reporter

David Patrick Stearns is classical music critic for The Philadelphia Inquirer and arts reporter for WRTI's Creatively Speaking. He received his master's degree in musicology from New York University while working as music and theater critic for USA Today. He wrote the documentary film David Amram: The First 80 Years and is currently at work on two other documentaries. He is a frequent recording reviewer for the London-based magazine Gramophone. He is also a contributor to Opera News, The Guardian and Obit-Mag.com

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Creatively Speaking
10:09 am
Fri September 23, 2011

CARMEN at Academy of Music and Independence Mall--Penn Museum's IMAGINE AFRICA--Zaha Hadid at PMA

David Patrick Stearns looks ahead to the Opera Company of Philadelphia's season-opening performance of Bizet's Carmen. A full house is expected at the Academy of Music with thousands witnessing the performance in a live simulcast on Independence Mall.

Jim Cotter takes us to the Penn Museum for an innovative new exhibition. The look and content of Imagine Africa will evolve over the coming year through visitor and local community feedback.

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Creatively Speaking
4:38 pm
Mon September 19, 2011

Xavier Le Roy's Contemporary Music Concert--Carillons in the Philadelphia Region

David Patrick Stearns explores choreographer Xavier Le Roy's More Mouvements fur Lachenmann, a Philadelphia Live Arts Festival presentation.

Susan Lewis explores the Philadelphia region's vast wealth of carillons and the musicians who make them chime.

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Creatively Speaking
3:33 pm
Sat September 10, 2011

The Fabulous Philadelphians in Europe--Operas at OCP--All About Alan Abel-Photography Show at PMA

Mezzo-soprano Rinat Shaham, a Curtis Institute of Music alumna, sings the title role in Opera Company of Philadelphia's CARMEN.

David Patrick Stearns reports from the Philadelphia Orchestra's European tour.

Opera Company of Philadelphia's new season is previewed.

Susan Lewis profiles legendary percussionist Alan Abel.

Jim Cotter looks ahead to a new exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art featuring the photography of ten local artists.

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Creatively Speaking
11:36 am
Sat September 3, 2011

The Fabulous Philadelphians in Europe--Inside Philly Fringe Festival--Movement Brigade's Dance

David Patrick Stearns reports from the Philadelphia Orchestra's tour of Europe.

Jim Cotter speaks with Nick Stuccio, who is the producing director of the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival and Philly Fringe.

Eric Brannon takes us to Constants - a new site-specific production by the Philadelphia dance company, Movement Brigade. Constants is performed on, and explores the history of, the Schuylkill River.

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Creatively Speaking
10:12 am
Sat August 27, 2011

Composer Diego Luzuriaga--Virtual Public Art Project in Philadelphia--An Ella Fitzgerald Profile

David Patrick Stearns profiles the Ecuadorian-born, Philadelphia-based composer, Diego Luzuriaga.

Eric Brannon considers a virtual public art exhibition in Philadelphia viewable only through the screens of smart phones.

Susan Lewis takes a look at the life and music of the great jazz vocalist Ella Fitzgerald.

*Information about how to view sculptures in the VPAP

 

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Creatively Speaking
11:59 am
Sat August 20, 2011

Sculptor Claes Oldenburg--"George Washington"--Composer James MacMillan--Re-beginning, Atwater Kent

A conversation with Claes Oldenburg. The world-renowned sculptor's centerpiece for Lenfest Plaza, the new civic space at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, is being installed on August 20th.

Susan Lewis takes us to two exhibitions at the National Constitution Center that explore "the real" George Washington.

The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns profiles the Scottish composer James MacMillan.

And we speak with Charles Croce, the CEO of Philadelphia's City Museum - the revamped and renamed Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent.

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Creatively Speaking
11:03 am
Sat August 13, 2011

Insect Illustrations (ANS)--Maestro Jaap Van Zweden--Historical Musical Devices at Pennypacker Mills

Susan Lewis explores an exhibition of the insect illustrations of a world-renowned entomologist at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia.

David Patrick Stearns profiles the Dutch-born music director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Jaap Van Zweden.

Eric Brannon takes us to Pennypacker Mills in Schwenksville, PA for an exhibition of historical mechanical musical devices - the forebearers of modern electronic appliances such as the CD player and the iPod.

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Creatively Speaking
2:32 pm
Sat August 6, 2011

Soprano Meagan Miller--Philadelphia's Hedgerow Theatre--The Berks Opera Workshop

David Patrick Stearns profiles Meagan Miller. The West Chester soprano is a rising star in the world opera. Susan Lewis profiles Hedgerow Theatre in Media Pennsylvania, which has been forging its own unique artistic path since 1923. And Jim Cotter speaks with Francine Black and her daughter Tamara Black, founders and directors of Berks Opera Workshop.

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Creatively Speaking
11:24 am
Thu July 28, 2011

The Late Gian Carlo Menotti--Andy Warhol Exhibition at ICA--The SS United States Ocean Liner

The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns profiles the late Italian-American composer Gian Carlo Menotti.

Susan Lewis considers an exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Art that looks back at Andy Warhol's first solo museum show at the ICA in 1965.

Tom Keels looks at efforts to secure a future for the venerable ocean liner the SS United States.

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Creatively Speaking
1:11 pm
Fri July 22, 2011

Philadelphia-Based Chamber Choir THE CROSSING--Int'l House--The Natl Assoc. of Negro Musicians

Donald Nally, artistic director of The Crossing, talks with Jim Cotter about some ambitious new plans for his internationally renowned, Philadelphia-based chamber choir.

Susan Lewis takes us to International House. Originating in Philadelphia, the multicultural residential center now has branches in more than 20 locations around the world.

David Patrick Stearns profiles the National Association of Negro Musicians. Its 92nd Annual Convention takes place in Philadelphia.

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