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
3:44 pm
Wed June 23, 2010

The 50 Gifts of Art Collectors Dorothy & Herbert Vogel--The Perfect Square--Composer Maurice Wright

Dorothy and Herbert Vogel in 1975
Photo by Nathaniel Tileston

Susan Lewis considers art collectors Dorothy and Herbert Vogel and their gifts of 50 works to museums in each of the 50 states. Susan also looks at related exhibitions at the Delaware Art Museum and Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

Jim Cotter speaks with author Nancy M. Heinzen. Her history of Rittenhouse Square, The Perfect Square, was published by Temple University Press.

The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns profiles Philadelphia-based composer Maurice Wright.

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Creatively Speaking
12:53 pm
Sat June 19, 2010

Yannick Nezet-Seguin--Ancient Rome Exhibition--Wicked Philadelphia, Continued

Jim Cotter speaks with Yannick Nezet-Seguin - the new music director of the Philadelphia Orchestra - and gets reaction to his appointment from orchestra musicians and management.

The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns looks back to Yannick's first visit to Philadelphia in 2008.

Susan Lewis takes us to Ancient Rome. The latest exhibition at the National Constitution Center examines how the classical influence helped shape America.

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Music Features
10:34 am
Thu June 10, 2010

Opera Company of Phila.'s ORPHEE ET EURYDICE--LATE RENOIR at PMA--Piano Sensation Haochen Zhang

Pianist Haochen Zhang

Jim Cotter speaks with Opera Company of Philadelphia Artistic Director Robert Driver about the company's 2010 season finale - a company premiere of Gluck's rarely performed Orphee et Eurydice.

Susan Lewis explores Late Renoir, a new exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art featuring works from the final decades of the artist's life.

David Patrick Stearns profiles 20-year-old pianist Haochen Zhang. A 2009 gold-medal winner of the prestigious Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, he opens the Mann Center season on June 15, 2010.

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Creatively Speaking
9:02 am
Sat May 29, 2010

PA Horticultural Soc.'s Jane Pepper--Pianist Di Wu--The Lenape Nation of PA--Philadelphia on Stone

Pianist Di Wu

Jim Cotter speaks with Jane Pepper who retires in May, 2010 after almost 30 years as President of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.

David Patrick Stearns profiles Di Wu. The Curtis-trained pianist is one of classical music's most talked-about rising stars.

Susan Lewis considers the Penn Museum exhibition Fulfilling a Prophecy: The Past and Present of the Lenape in PA.

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Creatively Speaking
1:03 pm
Sat May 22, 2010

Composer Maurice Wright--Lyric Fest's UNPLUG!--FREIND OR FAUX at the Rosenbach Museum and Library

The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns profiles Philadelphia-based composer Maurice Wright.

We drop in on rehearsals for Unplug!, a theatrical, interactive live sound and song journey through Philadelphia by Lyric Fest.

Susan Lewis visits Friend or Faux, an exhibition at the Rosenbach Museum and Library in Philadelphia exploring the value of copies and forgeries.

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Creatively Speaking
12:51 pm
Sat May 8, 2010

Organist Paul Jacobs--Phila. Orchestra: Reports from China--Young Classical Music Idol Competition

Jim Cotter speaks with organist Paul Jacobs who performs at the Kimmel Center on May 8, 2010.

We listen to a compilation of Notes From The Road reports filed by Susan Lewis on the China leg of the Philadelphia Orchestra's Asia tour.

The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns travels to rural China to witness performances by Philadelphia Orchestra musicians for survivors of the 2008 Sichuan earthquake.

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Creatively Speaking
10:46 am
Sat May 1, 2010

Phila Orch in Korea--Leah Stein Dance MILL TONES--ANCIENT ROME & AMERICA--Leah Partridge LA TRAVIATA

David Patrick Stearns reports from Korea on the first week of the Philadelphia Orchestra's 2010 Asia tour.

On May 1st and 2nd, 2010, the Leah Stein Dance Company performs Mill Tones, a site-specific work at Historic Rittenhouse Town, the National Historic Landmark in Philadelphia's Fairmount Park. Jim Cotter speaks with Leah Stein.

Susan Lewis explores an exhibition at the National Constitution Center that highlights the influence of Ancient Rome on American culture.

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Creatively Speaking
9:29 am
Sat April 24, 2010

Pianist Yuja Wang--Historical Soc. of PA-WICKED PHILADELPHIA--Renovated Baptist Temple at Temple

The newly renovated Baptist Temple first opened on March 1, 1891.

David Patrick Stearns looks ahead to the Kimmel Center recital debut of Curtis-trained pianist Yuja Wang on April 29, 2010.

Susan Lewis considers the evolution of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. Founded in 1824, the Society is now celebrating the centennial of its Philadelphia landmark building.

As part of a companion series to his latest book Wicked Philadelphia, Tom Keels uncovers a notorious 19th century grave-robbing scandal.

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Creatively Speaking!
11:26 am
Sat April 10, 2010

Making Scents at Longwood Gardens--Composer Paul Lansky's New Work--Lego Animals at Phila. Zoo

Susan Lewis tries to make sense of scents with a visit to a new exhibition about perfume at Longwood Gardens.

David Patrick Stearns listens to the influential modern composer Paul Lansky's new work Comix Trip - commissioned by Relache Ensemble.

Jim Cotter speaks with sculptor Sean Kenney. A collection of animals he's created from LEGO bricks has just been unveiled at Philadelphia Zoo.

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Creatively Speaking
9:04 am
Thu April 1, 2010

Charles Dutoit--Shofuso--Picasso & the Avant-Garde--Pianists at the Reading Terminal Market

Jim Cotter speaks with The Philadelphia Orchestra's Chief Conductor Charles Dutoit.

Ahead of the start of Philadelphia's annual Cherry Blossom Festival, Tom Keels takes us to Shofuso, the Japanese House and Garden in Fairmount Park.

Susan Lewis explores the Philadelphia Museum of Art exhibition, Picasso and the Avant-Garde in Paris.

David Patrick Stearns profiles the very talented pianists who perform daily at Philadelphia's Reading Terminal Market.

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