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
12:14 pm
Sat April 26, 2008

Steve Lopez--Fashioning Kimono at the Philadelphia Museum of Art--Leon Fleisher performs Hindemith

'The Soloist' by Steve Lopez

Jim Cotter speaks with author Steve Lopez.  His story of destitute musician Nathaniel Ayers is being made into a film starring Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey, Jr.

Susan Lewis takes us to Fashioning Kimono: Art Deco and Modernism in Japan, a new exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

David Patrick Stearns looks ahead to Leon Fleisher's performance of Paul Hindemith's Piano Concerto for the Left Hand with Christoph Eschenbach conducting the Curtis Symphony.

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Creatively Speaking
10:04 am
Sat April 19, 2008

Arts Education in Philly--Bernstein's "Kaddish" Symphony--Animal Farm at Mum Puppettheater

Leonard Bernstein

Jim Cotter leads a conversation about arts education in Philadelphia's public school system.

David Patrick Stearns on Leonard Bernstein's third, "Kaddish", symphony.

Jason Peifer previews Mum Puppettheater's interpretation of George Orwell's classic novel Animal Farm.

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Creatively Speaking
10:53 am
Thu April 3, 2008

Philadelphia Museum of Art--Pianist Yuja Wang--Eastern State Penitentiary--Cherry Blossom Festival

Liberty Series: A Dream of Birds, 2007, by Katie Baldwin

We look ahead to a new exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art featuring the works of some talented, young, local artists.

Philadelphia Inquirer music critic David Patrick Stearns profiles pianist Yuja Wang. The fast-rising star is the soloist when the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields performs at the Kimmel Center next week.

Susan Lewis visits historic Eastern State Penitentiary, now planning the renovation of a synagogue within its walls.

Jason Peifer looks ahead to the year's Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia.

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Creatively Speaking
11:55 am
Thu March 27, 2008

Rudolf Buchbinder--The Clay Studio--Nina Jablonski and The Evolution of Skin Color--Joyce DiDonato

Pianist Rudolf Buchbinder

Jim Cotter speaks with pianist Rudolf Buchbinder.  He performs Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4 with the Philadelphia Orchestra this week.

Susan Lewis takes us to The Clay Studio in Philadelphia, a regional hub for ceramics education, creation, and exhibition.

A conversation with anthropologist Nina Jablonski.  She lectures about The Evolution of Human Skin Color at the Wagner Free Institute of Science on Saturday.

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Creatively Speaking
3:29 pm
Sat March 15, 2008

Christopher Cazenove in My Fair Lady--Ainadamar--Motets at the Bach Festival--Copenhagen

Actor Christopher Cazenove

Jim Cotter speaks with the veteran British Actor Christopher Cazenove.  He stars in My Fair Lady at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia Inquirer Music critic David Patrick Stearns reports on the Curtis Opera Theater's Ainadamar.

Susan Lewis considers the role of Bach's motets, being performed this weekend by The Choral Arts Society of Philadelphia.

And Jason Peifer visits the Bristol Riverside Theater as it stages the Tony-award winning play, Copenhagen.

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Creatively Speaking
2:34 pm
Sat March 1, 2008

Robert Spano--Baseball As America--Philadelphia Flower Show--Elliott Carter

Robert Spano

A conversation with Robert Spano--the Music Director of the Atlanta Symphony.

Jason Peifer visits "Baseball As America" at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. The 5,000-square-foot exhibition examines the relationship between baseball and American culture.

Susan Lewis explores the this year's jazz-themed Philadelphia Flower Show.

David Patrick Sterns profiles the American composer Elliott Carter who celebrates his 100th birthday this year.

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Creatively Speaking
3:24 pm
Wed January 23, 2008

Antony Penrose- Pierre Boulez--The Academy of Music; and the Arden Theater's Wittenberg

Pierre Boulez

As The Philadelphia Museum of Art opens a retrospective of the iconic 20th century fine art photographer Lee Miller, Jim Cotter speaks with her son Antony Penrose.

David Patrick Stearns speaks with and profiles the legendary composer and conductor Pierre Boulez; Orchestra 2001 performs his Le Marteau Sans Maitre in concerts this weekend.

As preparations heighten for Philadelphia's annual Academy Ball, Susan Lewis takes a look at the "Grand Old Lady of Locust Street." 

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Creatively Speaking
2:29 pm
Sat December 1, 2007

Jan Vogler--Handel's Messiah--the role of stage managers

Jan Vogler

David Patrick Stearns profiles Jan Vogler. The much talked-about cellist is about to make his Philadelphia debut.

Susan Lewis looks ahead to performances of Handel's Messiah.

Jason Peifer looks at the role of the stage manager.

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Creatively Speaking
3:21 pm
Wed October 31, 2007

Vera Wilson, Astral Art Services-- The Vanishing Pavillions--The Mendelssohn Club

Vera Wilson

Vera Wilson, Founder and  President of Astral Artistic Services. For 15 years she has provided career  services to promising young classical musicians.

A profile of Michael Hersch. The Haverford-based pianist and composer's The Vanishing Pavillions has just been released on CD.

Also, a look at the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia, one of the country's oldest choruses.

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Creatively Speaking
9:45 am
Sat October 13, 2007

Mari Yoshihara--Paul Taylor's Company B--Tenor Matthew Polenzani--Independence Starts Here

Mari Yoshihara

Mari Yoshihara: Author of <i>Musicians from a Different Shore</i> examines role of Asians in classical music world.

Paul Taylor's <i>Company B</i> headlines Pennsylvania Ballet's season opener with dances set to music by The Andrews Sisters, Bach, and Shostakovich.

Tenor Matthew Polenzani on his role in the Opera Company of Philadelphia's <i>Rigoletto</i>.

Mimi Kenney Smith, coordinator of Independence Starts Here: A Festival of Disability Arts and Culture.

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