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
12:00 pm
Fri February 18, 2011

Secrets of the Silk Road--Choral Mendelssohn Club--Composer Diego Luzuriaga--Metropolitan Paradise

Metropolitan Paradise: The Struggle for Nature in the City
Philadelphia's Wissahickon Valley, 1620-2020

Jim Cotter takes us to the Penn Museum's latest, newly revamped, exhibition Secrets of the Silk Road. Susan Lewis looks at how the Mendelssohn Club is expanding the concept of choral performance, with help from its audiences.

David Patrick Stearns profiles the Equadorian-born, Philadelphia-based composer Diego Luzuriaga. And Jim Cotter speaks with historian David Contosta and landscape architect Carol Franklin, authors of Metropolitan Paradise: The Struggle for Nature in the City, Philadelphia's Wissahickon Valley, 1620-2020.

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Creatively Speaking
12:42 pm
Sat February 12, 2011

Fiach Mac Conghail (Dublin's Abbey Theatre)--Maestro Michael Tilson Thomas--The SS United States

Fiach Mac Conghail

Jim Cotter speaks with Fiach Mac Conghail, artistic director of Dublin's Abbey Theatre - the national theater of Ireland. Philadelphia's Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts presents the Abbey Theatre production of Mark O'Rowe's Terminus from February 16 to 20, 2011, as part of the Philadelphia Irish Theatre Festival.

David Patrick Stearns profiles Michael Tilson Thomas as the veteran conductor leads the Philadelphia Orchestra in a series of concerts.

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

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Creatively Speaking
3:07 pm
Sat February 5, 2011

Interview with Composer Jennifer Higdon--Profile of Multidisciplinary Artist Meredith Monk

Jennifer Higdon and her cat, Beau.

Jim Cotter speaks with Pulitzer-winning composer Jennifer Higdon.

David Patrick Stearns profiles multidisciplinary artist Meredith Monk ahead of a revival performance of her groundbreaking Education of the Girlchild at Bryn Mawr College on Sunday, February 6th.

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Creatively Speaking
3:04 pm
Sat January 29, 2011

OCP's Production of Gounod's ROMEO & JULIET--The Phila. History Museum at the Atwater Kent

Soprano Ailyn Perez stars as Juliet in Opera Company of Philadelphia's production of Romeo & Juliet - set in the world of fashion.

David Patrick Stearns looks ahead to the Opera Company of Philadelphia's upcoming production of Gounod's Romeo & Juliet that casts the Capulets and Montagues - not as feuding families - but as rival haute couture design houses.

Jim Cotter speaks with Charles Croce, the new CEO of the recently revamped and renamed Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent, which tells the story of the City of Philadelphia.

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Creatively Speaking
11:04 am
Sat January 22, 2011

Musicopia String Orchestra--Dolce Suono and the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program--The Stoogeum

The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns looks ahead to a performance by the Musicopia String Orchestra featuring works written by composer Tina Davidson in collaboration with three young members of the ensemble.

Susan Lewis explores a partnership between the chamber music ensemble, Dolce Suono, and Placido Domingo's Washington DC program for emerging singers.

And Tom Keels explores the Stoogeum. The suburban Philadelphia museum celebrates the life and legacy of The Three Stooges.

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Creatively Speaking
12:20 pm
Sat January 15, 2011

Composer Diego Luzuriaga--Civil War at Rosenbach--Mozart's Life and Music at Walnut Street Theatre

David Patrick Stearns profiles the Ecuadorian-born, Philadelphia-based composer Diego Luzuriaga. The Philadelphia Orchestra performs his Responsorio on January 14, 2011.

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

Susan Lewis considers the story of Mozart's life and music as told in a new production of Amadeus at the Walnut Street Theatre.

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Creatively Speaking
2:06 pm
Sat December 11, 2010

Composer Behzad Ranjbaran's Premiere--Anonymous 4--Composer Bill Cunliffe's Grammy Nomination

Iranian-born composer Behzad Ranjbaran

Jim Cotter speaks with composer Behzad Ranjbaran. Jean-Yves Thibaudet performs his piano concerto with the Philadelphia Orchestra in concerts on December 10, 11, and 12, 2010.

David Patrick Stearns profiles the female a capella group Anonymous 4, who perform in Philadelphia and Elizabethtown, PA as part of their Noel tour.

We speak with composer Bill Cunliffe. He's been nominated for a Grammy for his "fourth stream?la banda" - a work commissioned for the Temple University Symphony Orchestra and trumpet soloist Terell Stafford.

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Creatively Speaking
3:55 pm
Fri December 3, 2010

Monteverdi Vespers--Phila. Shakespeare Co.'s Classical Cabaret Fest.--Wissahickon Valley, 1620-2020

David Patrick Stearns looks ahead to a December 5, 2010 performance celebrating the 400th anniversary of the Monteverdi Vespers.

As The Philadelphia Shakespeare Company's Classical Cabaret festival gets underway, Susan Lewis considers connections between the classics and contemporary theater.

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

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Creatively Speaking
1:14 pm
Sat November 27, 2010

Landscape Architect Kim Wilkie--Portraits at PAFA--Art Sleuth Robert Wittman--Baltic Composers

Florine Stettheimer (1871-1944)
Picnic at Bedford Hills, 1918
Oil on canvas, 40 5/16 x 50 1/4 inches
Gift of Ettie Stettheimer, 1950.12
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

A conversation with landscape architect Kim Wilkie - the designer of Longwood Gardens' new East Conservatory Plaza.

Susan Lewis considers artists' self portraits and artistic identity with a visit to an exhibition at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

We speak with Robert Wittman. He writes of his years as head of the FBI's Art-Crime Team in Priceless: How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World's Stolen Treasures.

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Creatively Speaking
12:44 pm
Sat November 6, 2010

Nat'l Museum of Amer. Jewish History--Jaap van Zweden--Visual Artist Adrian Martinez--Making Scents

We look ahead to the opening of the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia on November 26, 2010.

David Patrick Stearns profiles Jaap van Zweden. The Dutch-born music director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra guest conducts the Philadelphia Orchestra this week.

We speak with West Chester visual artist Adrian Martinez who says the town is on the verge of a unique arts renaissance.

And Susan Lewis makes sense of scents with a visit to an exhibition about fragrances at Longwood Gardens.

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