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
2:45 pm
Sat October 23, 2010

PA Ballet's Roy Kaiser--Berlin Phil.: Yannick Nezet-Seguin--Portraits at PAFA--Piffaro Preview

As Pennsylvania Ballet opens its 2010/2011season on October 21st, Jim Cotter speaks with artistic director Roy Kaiser.

The Philadelphia Orchestra Music Director Designate Yannick Nezet-Seguin makes his Berlin Philharmonic debut this week. The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns reports from the German capital.

Susan Lewis considers artists' self portraits and artistic identity, as the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts gets set to open an exhibition of artist portraits and self-portraits.

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Creatively Speaking
11:07 am
Sat October 2, 2010

Two Shakespeare Productions in Philadelphia--Dracula Festival at Rosenbach Museum

Mezzo-soprano Margaret Mezzacappa, an AVA resident artist, appears in Opera Company of Philadelphia's Otello at the Academy of Music.

David Patrick Stearns takes us to two new Shakespeare productions: the Opera Company of Philadelphia's Otello at the Academy of Music, and Macbeth at the Wilma Theater.

As Philadelphia's Rosenbach Museum and Library hosts its annual Dracula Festival, Susan Lewis considers Bram Stoker's famous vampire and his impact on contemporary culture.

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Creatively Speaking
10:25 am
Sat September 18, 2010

Wharton Esherick Exhibition--Sculptor Sean Kenney's Lego Animals--Jennifer Higdon on The Beatles

Susan Lewis considers a new multi-venue exhibition celebrating 20th-century Pennsylvania sculptor and furniture maker Wharton Esherick.

Jim Cotter speaks with sculptor Sean Kenney. A collection of animals he's created from LEGO bricks is on view at the Philadelphia Zoo.

And we listen back as David Patrick Stearns explores the Beatles' Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band with composer Jennifer Higdon. Higdon cites the Beatles as a major influence on her work.

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Creatively Speaking
1:00 pm
Sat September 11, 2010

Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra's Jeri Lynne Johnson--Bang on Can Marathon--Art Sleuth Robert Wittman

Jim Cotter speaks with Jeri Lynne Johnson as the highly regarded local conductor begins her second season as music director of the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra.

David Patrick Stearns looks ahead to the Bang on a Can Marathon. The contemporary music ensemble embarks on a 10-hour, uninterrupted performance as part of the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival on Sunday, September 12, 2010.

And we speak with Robert Wittman. He writes of his 15 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
2:21 pm
Sat September 4, 2010

Philly Fringe Focus on Experimental Theater--Baltic Composers--Mountaineer Conrad Anker

Pig Iron Theatre Company's Cankerblossom is part of the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival
Photo by Kevin Monko

Susan Lewis considers various experimental theater productions in this year's Philadelphia Live Arts Festival and Philly Fringe.

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

Jim Cotter speaks with Conrad Anker. His 2007 expedition to Mt. Everest to retrace the steps of the 1920s British explorer George Mallory is the subject of a newly released documentary now showing at the Franklin Institute.

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Creatively Speaking
4:47 pm
Sat August 28, 2010

Tony Bennett Profile--Philadelphia Live Arts Festival--Rooftop Murals By Stephen Powers

David Patrick Stearns profiles Tony Bennett. The legendary crooner performs at the Mann Center on August 28th, 2010.

Susan Lewis considers this year's Philadelphia Live Arts Festival.

And Jim Cotter takes a ride on the El in West Philadelphia with artist Stephen Powers to view his Love Letter, a series of 50 rooftop murals.

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Creatively Speaking
1:08 pm
Sat August 14, 2010

Environmentalism and Art--Claes Oldenburg--Yannick Nezet-Seguin--Elizabeth Osborne

Susan Lewis considers the intersection of environmentalism and art with a visit to the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education and the Asian Arts Initiative. The two venues are now hosting work by environmental artists from Taiwan.

Jim Cotter speaks with legendary pop artist Claes Oldenburg. The creator of two of Philadelphia's most iconic works of public art, he's been commissioned by the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts to create a third.

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Creatively Speaking
12:03 pm
Sat July 24, 2010

Chamber Orch of Philadelphia--The Historical Society of PA--Entertainers of Reading Terminal Market

Dirk Brosse is the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia's new music director.

Jim Cotter speaks with The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia's executive director Peter Gistelinck, who has just renewed his contract for five years. The Orchestra begins its season in the fall with a new music director, Dirk Brosse.

Susan Lewis considers the beginnings, evolution, and contemporary mission of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. Founded in 1824, the Society is now celebrating the centennial of its landmark building at 13th and Locust streets in Philadelphia.

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Creatively Speaking
2:53 pm
Fri July 9, 2010

Claes Oldenburg--The Crossing's Month of Moderns--Bastille Day at Eastern State Penitentiary

Jim Cotter speaks with legendary pop artist Claes Oldenburg. The creator of two of Philadelphia's most iconic works of public art, he's been commissioned by the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts to create a third.

David Patrick Stearns looks at "The Month of Moderns" - a series of concerts by the chamber choir The Crossing at the Presbyterian Church in Chestnut Hill.

Susan Lewis visits historic Eastern State Penitentiary ahead of its annual Bastille Day celebrations.

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Creatively Speaking
3:00 pm
Fri July 2, 2010

PRISM Quartet--BlobFest--Philly's Historical Interpreters--German Soc. of PA's Hardy Von Auenmueller

As PRISM Quartet celebrates its 25th anniversary, David Patrick Stearns profiles the all-saxophone group that has built a repertoire of more than 100 pieces.

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 11th annual BlobFest - an event that kicks off with a reenactment of a scene from The Blob, the 1958 horror movie that made the Colonial Theater famous.

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