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
1:12 pm
Sat January 9, 2010

Jennifer Higdon on the Beatles--FRIEND OR FAUX at the Rosenbach Museum--The Impact of Starbucks

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

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
1:10 pm
Thu December 3, 2009

Conductor Yannick Nezet Seguin--Local Offerings in Family Theater--The History of Rittenhouse Square

Yannick Nezet Seguin is, at least for now, the conductor most likely to be the Philadelphia Orchestra's next music director.

David Patrick Stearns speaks with Yannick Nezet Seguin, who is, at least for now, the conductor most likely to be The Philadelphia Orchestra's next music director.

Susan Lewis explores local offerings in family theater, and discusses different approaches to the form at the Arden, People's Light, and Lantern theaters.

Jim Cotter speaks with Nancy M. Heinzen. Her history of Rittenhouse Square - The Perfect Square - has just been published by Temple University Press.

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Creatively Speaking
10:57 am
Sat November 21, 2009

Chamber Orch. of Phila.'s New Music Director--Friend or Faux at Rosenbach--NYC Composer Julia Wolfe

Dirk Bross?

Jim Cotter speaks with Dirk Brosse, the newly appointed music director of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia.

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

Downtown Manhattan composer Julia Wolfe has released an outlandish new album and has a major new work premiering this Saturday at Carnegie Hall. David Patrick Stearns finds out how a girl from Montgomeryville got from here to there.

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Creatively Speaking
11:01 am
Sat November 7, 2009

Tito Capobianco at AVA--The Mischianza--Pyle Show at DAM-Bringing TU Students to Cultural Venues

Illustrating Her World: Ellen B. T. Pyle at the Delaware Art Museum is on view until January 3, 2010.

David Patrick Stearns looks ahead to an Academy of Vocal Arts production of Verdi's Falstaff with the legendary Met Opera stage director Tito Capobianco at the helm.

In the first of a year-long exploration of overlooked events in local history, Tom Keels explores the Mischianza - a city-wide party held in Philadelphia during the American War of Independence.

Susan Lewis visits a Delaware Art Museum exhibition exploring the art of Ellen B.T. Pyle, a popular cover artist for The Saturday Evening Post during the '20s and '30s.

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Creatively Speaking
2:30 pm
Sat October 24, 2009

Iraq's Ancient Past at the Penn Museum--Italian Conductor Daniele Gatti--Arshile Gorky at PMA

Lyre with Bearded Bull's Head and Inlaid Panel, Royal Cemetery, Ur, Iraq, Early Dynastic III, 2550-2450 BCE, Wood, lapis lazuli, gold, silver, shell, bitumen, H. 35.6 cm. Penn Museum Object B17694.

Jim Cotter speaks with Richard Zettler, the co-curator of Iraq's Ancient Past: Rediscovering Ur's Royal Cemetery, a new exhibition opening on October 25th at the Penn Museum.

David Patrick Sterns profiles the controversial Italian conductor Daniele Gatti. He leads the Philadelphia Orchestra in a series of concerts this week.

Susan Lewis explores the Philadelphia Museum of Art's new retrospective on 20th-century American artist Arshile Gorky, whose work was a bridge between surrealism and abstract expressionism.

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Creatively Speaking
9:08 am
Wed October 7, 2009

The Art of Jun Kaneko--Composer Michael Hersch--EVERYTHING BUT THE COFFEE Author Bryant Simon

Jun Kaneko designs the fabrics for costumes worn in Opera Company of Philadelphia's production of Madama Butterfly.

Susan Lewis considers the art of Jun Kaneko, whose costumes and sets are featured in Madama Butterfly, the Opera Company of Philadelphia's latest production. Kaneko's sculptures are on view in four different venues around the city.

David Patrick Stearns speaks with Michael Hersch. The Philadelphia-based composer has a world-premiere performance of an evening-length work for French horn and cello coming up, and a CD of his cello sonatas being released soon.

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Creatively Speaking
3:13 pm
Wed September 30, 2009

The President of Phila. Orchestra Allison Vulgamore--Pianist Di Wu--All About the Mutter Museum

Allison Vulgamore is the newly appointed president and CEO of The Philadelphia Orchestra.

Jim Cotter speaks with Allison Vulgamore. The Philadelphia Orchestra's newly appointed president and CEO is scheduled to begin in her new post no later that February, 2010.

David Patrick Stearns profiles pianist Di Wu. The rising star is in recital in Philadelphia this weekend.

Susan Lewis explores Philadelphia's 150-year-old Mutter Museum - renowned for its specimens of medical pathologies - and the Museum's home, The College of Physicians of Philadelphia.

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Creatively Speaking
11:39 am
Sat September 19, 2009

Jamie Wyeth--Joseph Haydn's Life--Black Pearl Cham Orch Music Dir Jeri Lynn Johnson--NJ State Opera

Jeri Lynn Johnson is the music director of the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra, performing at the Kimmel Center on September 19th.

Jim Cotter speaks with the artist Jamie Wyeth. His series of paintings exploring the "Seven Deadly Sins," is the basis of a new exhibition at the Brandywine River Museum.

Susan Lewis explores the life and music of Joseph Haydn, considered the father of the symphony and the string quartet. The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia opens its season this weekend with an all-Haydn program.


Jim Cotter speaks with Jeri Lynn Johnson, music director of the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra whose inaugural season opening concert takes place this weekend at the Kimmel Center.

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Creatively Speaking
9:49 am
Sat September 12, 2009

Curator of the Marcel Duchamp Exhibit at PMA--Video Art Show at ICA--Jennifer Higdon on the Beatles

Jim Cotter speaks with Michael Taylor, curator of Marcel Duchamp: Etant donnes, a new exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The museum hosts two educational events on the work this weekend.

Susan Lewis considers the nature of video art as the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia opens a year-long exhibition showcasing that medium.

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Creatively Speaking
11:20 am
Sat September 5, 2009

Timothy Rub of the PMA--The Ephrata Cloisters--Philadelphia Zoo 150th year

Timothy Rub, new director and CEO of the Philadelphia Museum of Art

 

 

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