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
4:08 pm
Sat September 27, 2008

The Wanamaker Organ in Concert--In Search of Missing Masters--Stoppard's Rock 'n Roll

Ahead of a historic performance with the Philadelphia Orchestra at Macy's Center City Philadelphia, Jim Cotter speaks with Peter Richard Conte, the Grand Court Organist of the Wanamaker Organ, and co-host of WRTI's Wanamaker Organ Hour.

David Patrick Stearns looks back on the history of the Wanamaker Organ and explores the workings of the world's largest functioning musical instrument.

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Creatively Speaking
9:54 am
Thu September 18, 2008

Frank Stella--Fulfilling a Prophecy at Penn Museum--Candide--Quilt Exhibition at PMA

Frank Stella, 1964

Jim Cotter speaks with Frank Stella, the prolific painter, printmaker, sculptor, and muralist.

Susan Lewis takes us to a new Penn Museum exhibition - Fulfilling a Prophecy: The Past and Present of the Lenape in Pennsylvania.

In the second of a two-part series, David Patrick Stearns looks at the history of Leonard Bernstein's Candide and a production now at the Arden Theatre in Philadelphia.

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Creatively Speaking
2:12 pm
Sat September 13, 2008

Vanished Gardens--Bernstein's Candide revamped--America's Oldest Theatre

Jim Cotter speaks with writer Sharon White. The Temple University professor's latest book Vanished Gardens: Finding Nature in Philadelphia, is published this month.

In the first of a two-part report, David Patrick Stearns examines the history of Leonard Bernstein's Candide. A production opens this week at the Arden Theatre Company in Philadelphia.

Jason Peifer explores the rich history of Philadelphia's Walnut Street Theatre, which is now in its 200th season.

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Creatively Speaking
12:13 pm
Sat September 6, 2008

Piffaro in the Netherlands--Feria del Barrio--Peace, Liberty, and Independence

Benjamin West, American Commissioners of the Preliminary Peace Agreement with Great Britain, 1783-1784, London, England, Oil on canvas. Courtesy, Winterthur, gift of Henry Francis du Pont.

David Patrick Stearns reports from the Netherlands on performances by the Philadelphia-based wind band Piffaro at the prestigious Utrecht Early Music Festival.

Jason Peifer takes a look at Latino arts and culture in Philadelphia as the North Kensington neighborhood prepares to celebrate the 25th Annual "Feria del Barrio" (The festival of the community) this weekend.

Susan Lewis looks at an upcoming exhibition commemorating the 225th anniversary of the Treaty of Paris at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in collaboration with the American Revolution Center.

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Creatively Speaking
2:18 pm
Sat August 23, 2008

Musicians from a Different Shore--Charles Demuth Museum--Ocean Grove Pipe Organ--Rhythms of India

We listen back to Jim Cotter's interview with Mari Yoshihara, author of Musicians from a Different Shore.

Jason Peifer visits the Charles Demuth Museum in Lancaster.

David Patrick Stearns looks back on the 100-year history of the Grand Pipe Organ in Ocean Grove, New Jersey.

Susan Lewis takes a walk through Rhythms of India: The Art of Nandalal Bose, an exhibition currently at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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Creatively Speaking
12:11 pm
Sat July 26, 2008

Kile Smith's Vespers--Churchville's Pow Wow--Arts Educ. in Philly Schools--Shakespeare in Clark Park

David Patrick Stearns listens in on a recording by Piffaro, the wind band, and the vocal group The Crossing, of Kile Smith's Vespers.

Susan Lewis explores a re-created 16th-century Lenape village at Buck's County's Churchville Nature Center, which is hosting its annual Pow Wow this weekend.

We listen back to a roundtable discussion on the changing face of arts education in Philadelphia's public schools.

Jason Peifer has a preview of Shakespeare in Clark Park. This year the West Philadelphia park features the Bard's romantic comedy As You Like It.

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Creatively Speaking
10:11 am
Wed July 16, 2008

PlayPenn Conference--The BalletX Project--Centennial Celebrations of Ocean Grove Pipe Organ

Jason Peifer explores the process of developing new plays at the fourth annual PlayPenn Conference in Philadelphia.

Susan Lewis looks at the All-Female Choreographers Project of Philadelphia's BalletX. The contemporary program at The Wilma Theater features three new works.

Philadelphia Inquirer music critic David Patrick Sterns reports on centennial celebrations of the Great Auditorium pipe organ at Ocean Grove on the Jersey Shore.

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Creatively Speaking
2:09 pm
Sat June 28, 2008

The State of Local Arts--Art of Nandalal Bose--Kutztown Folk Festival--Composer Harry Donald Hewitt

Annapurna, 1943, Nandalal Bose, Indian, Wash and tempera on paper, National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, 4794

Jim Cotter hosts a round-table discussion recorded at the Kimmel Center. The panelists are Kimmel Center President and CEO Ann Ewers, Philadelphia Theater Company Producing Artistic Director Sara Garonzik, Philadelphia Live Arts Festival and Philly Fringe Producing Director Nick Stuccio, and Pennsylvania Ballet Executive Director Michael Scolamiero.

Susan Lewis reports on a new Philadelphia Museum of Art exhibition of the work of Nandalal Bose, a close associate of Mahatma Gandhi. The artist is widely considered as India's father of modern art.

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Creatively Speaking
1:34 pm
Sat June 14, 2008

Kimmel Center's Ann Ewers--Pottstown Symphony--The Role of Theater Directors--Local Carillons

Carillon at Valley Forge National Historical Park

Jim Cotter speaks with Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts President and CEO Ann Ewers.

David Patrick Stearns on the rise and fall of the Pottstown Symphony Orchestra.

Jason Peifer takes a look at the historic role of the theater director. We'll hear from the Wilma Theater's Blanka Zizka, and Seth Rozin of the InterAct Theatre.

Susan Lewis visits several area carillons; they're large musical instruments consisting of bells that live at the top of tall towers.

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Creatively Speaking
4:35 pm
Sat May 31, 2008

Paul Taylor--West Chester Univ. Poetry--I Have Before Me A Remarkable Document--Brandywine Baroque

David Ingram and Miriam Hyman in I Have Before Me A Remarkable Document Given To Me By A Young Lady From Rwanda
Photo by Mark Garvin

Jim Cotter speaks with the veteran choreographer Paul Taylor. His world-renowned dance company will visit Philadelphia for a series of performances at the Annenberg Center.

Susan Lewis looks at the upcoming West Chester University Poetry Conference, now in its 14th year.

Jason Peifer visits the People's Light & Theatre as it stages I Have Before Me A Remarkable Document Given To Me By A Young Lady From Rwanda. The play was written in response to playwright Sonja Linden's interactions with refugees of the 1994 Rwandan genocide.

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