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


Creatively Speaking
10:48 am
Fri July 1, 2011

Wharton Escherick--Phila. Historical Interpreters--Baltic Composers--Nature, The Wissahickon Valley

Susan Lewis considers 20th-century Pennsylvania sculptor and furniture maker, Wharton Esherick.

Tom Keels spends time with some of Philadelphia's historical interpreters in the midst of their busiest time of year.

David Patrick Stearns explores the growing international reputation of Baltic composers.

Jim Cotter speaks with David Contosta and Carol Franklin, authors of Metropolitan Paradise: The Struggle for Nature in the City of Philadelphia's Wissahickon Valley, 1620-2020.

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Creatively Speaking
12:27 pm
Fri June 24, 2011

Marc Chagall Exhibition at PMA--Mezzo-Soprano Susan Graham--Phoenixville's BLOB FEST

Jim Cotter speaks with Michael Taylor, curator of a Philadelphia Museum of Art exhibition devoted to the works of Marc Chagall and his early 20th-century contemporaries in Paris.

David Patrick Stearns profiles the world-renowned mezzo-soprano Susan Graham.

And Susan Lewis looks at the way Phoenixville is reinventing itself through arts, culture and entertainment. The former mill town is getting set to stage its 12th annual Blobfest - an event that kicks off with a reenactment of a scene from the 1958 horror movie that made the Colonial Theater famous, The Blob

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Creatively Speaking
2:55 pm
Sat June 18, 2011

Local Composer Diego Luzuriaga--Public Art Exhibition Via Smart Phones--Ella Fitzgerald Snapshot

Composer Diego Luzuriaga

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

Eric Brannon considers a Philadelphia public art exhibition 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.

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Creatively Speaking
12:25 pm
Sat May 28, 2011

Crossing's Month of Moderns--Morton Feldman Fest--OCP's PHAEDRA--Christopher O'Riley--Mutter Museum

Composer Morton Feldman (1926-1987)

David Patrick Stearns looks ahead to three cutting-edge events happening simultaneously over the coming weeks in Philadelphia: The Crossing Choir's Month of Moderns Festival, Bowerbird's festival devoted to the music of Morton Feldman (including the composer's six-hour string quartet) and Opera Company of Philadelphia's U.S. premiere of Hans Werner Henze's Phaedra.

Jim Cotter speaks with Christopher O'Riley, pianist and host of the popular national radio program From the Top.

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Creatively Speaking
4:06 pm
Sat May 21, 2011

Mezzo-Soprano Susan Graham--Artist and Designer Roberto Capucci

The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns profiles the world-renowned mezzo-soprano Susan Graham. She's featured in concert performances of the Berlioz masterpiece The Damnation of Faust with the Philadelphia Orchestra on May 27th and 28th.

Susan Lewis considers the Italian artist and designer Roberto Capucci, whose work is now on display at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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Creatively Speaking
3:30 pm
Sat May 14, 2011

Aaron Jay Kernis--Anthony McGill--Georg Philipp Telemann--Civil War 150 at Rosenbach Museum

Composer Aaron Jay Kernis

Jim Cotter speaks with the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Aaron Jay Kernis.

David Patrick Stearns profiles Anthony McGill, the principal clarinet of the Metropolitan Opera.

Susan Lewis considers 18th-century German Baroque composer Georg Philipp Telemann, one of the most prolific composers in music history.

Tom Keels explores a project at the Rosenbach Museum in Philadelphia commemorating the 150th anniversary of the start of the American Civil War.

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Creatively Speaking
4:18 pm
Sat May 7, 2011

Dolce Suono's Mahler 100/ Schoenberg 60 Project--Phila.'s Society Hill Playhouse--Claes Oldenburg

Dolce Suono Ensemble

David Patrick Stearns looks ahead to the first performances in Dolce Suono's two-year long Mahler 100/ Schoenberg 60 Project.

Susan Lewis considers the people and passion behind the long-running Society Hill Playhouse, founded on 8th Street in Philadelphia in 1959.

As work continues on Lenfest Plaza at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, we listen back to an interview with Claes Oldenburg. The world-renowned sculptor is creating a centerpiece for the new civic space.

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Creatively Speaking
11:42 am
Sat April 30, 2011

AVA Resident Artist Michelle Johnson--Smartphone Public Art--Lenape Exhibition at Penn Museum

David Patrick Stearns profiles soprano Michelle Johnson. The Metropolitan Opera 2011 National Council Audition Winner sings Donna Anna in the Academy of Vocal Arts' production of Mozart's Don Giovanni, opening on Saturday, April 30th.

Eric Brannon considers a Philadelphia public art exhibition viewable only through the screens of smartphones.

Susan Lewis takes us to the Penn Museum's exhibition about generations of Pennsylvanians who kept their Lenape identity secret for two centuries.

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Creatively Speaking
1:48 pm
Sat March 26, 2011

Imogen Cooper--Locks Gallery Exhibition Paying Tribute to Alfred Jarry--Anna Deavere Smith

David Patrick Stearns profiles the British-born pianist Imogen Cooper. She performs Mozart's Piano Concerto No.9 in concerts with the Philadelphia Orchestra on March 24 - 26, 2011.

Jim Cotter looks ahead to a new exhibition at Locks Gallery in Philadelphia. The Insolent Eye pays tribute to the early 20th-century French author Alfred Jarry, who would influence subsequent generations of visual artists and musicians.

Susan Lewis takes us to a Philadelphia Theatre Company presentation of Anna Deavere Smith's one-woman show, Let Me Down Easy.

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Creatively Speaking
4:47 pm
Mon March 7, 2011

Clarinetist Anthony McGill--Painter Elizabeth Osborne--The Life and Music of Mozart--The Stoogeum

David Patrick Stearns profiles Anthony McGill. The principal clarinet of the Metropolitan Opera plays a concert celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society on March 9, 2011, and is the soloist in a performance with Symphony in C on March 12th.

Jim Cotter speaks with Elizabeth Osborne. A new exhibition of her work at Locks Gallery in Philadelphia shows the versatile, veteran painter moving in a new direction.

Susan Lewis considers the story of Mozart's life and music as told in Walnut Street Theater's Amadeus.

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