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
12:16 pm
Thu April 19, 2012

Opera Company of Philadelphia's MANON LESCAUT

David Patrick Stearns looks ahead to the OCP's production of Puccini's tragic love story.

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Creatively Speaking
11:50 am
Sun April 8, 2012

Maestro Esa-Pekka Salonen

David Patrick Stearns profiles the composer and conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen, who conducts The Philadelphia Orchestra this week.

Creatively Speaking
10:14 am
Sun March 25, 2012

Maestro James Conlon--Academy of Natural Sciences at 200--Soprano Meagan Miller

Jim Cotter speaks with James Conlon as the music director of LA Opera and the Ravinia Festival prepares to guest conduct The Philadelphia Orchestra.

Susan Lewis explores the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia, as it begins a yearlong celebration of its bicentennial.

David Patrick Stearns profiles soprano Meagan Miller. The West Chester native recently joined Lyric Fest for concerts featuring music from 1912.

Creatively Speaking
11:58 am
Sat March 17, 2012

Rising Star Benjamin Beilman--Checking In with Christoph Eschenbach--Zaha Hadid Exhibition at PMA

Jim Cotter speaks with Benjamin Beilman ahead of his Philadelphia Chamber Music Society Recital debut. The young violinist has the potential to be "the next big thing" to emerge from the Curtis Institute.

David Patrick Stearns checks in with Christoph Eschenbach as the former Philadelphia Orchestra music director undertakes an ambitious three-week long festival in his second season in charge at the National Symphony Orchestra.

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Creatively Speaking
1:19 pm
Sat March 10, 2012

Conductor James Gaffigan--Composer Missy Mazzoli--PA Ballet's MESSIAH

Jim Cotter speaks with James Gaffigan. The young American conductor, with a growing reputation at home and abroad, conducts The Philadelphia Orchestra on March 8th, 9th and 10th.

David Patrick Stearns profiles composer Missy Mazzoli. The in-demand Lansdale native has upcoming commissions from major orchestras, and has just premiered her first multimedia chamber opera.

Susan Lewis considers Pennsylvania Ballet's production of the Messiah.

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Creatively Speaking
4:04 pm
Sat March 3, 2012

Phila. Singers' David Hayes--George Gershwin & His Musical Legacy--Hawaii-Themed Phila. Flower Show

Jim Cotter speaks with Philadelphia Singers Music Director David Hayes ahead of the group's revival of Randall Thompson's under-appreciated Requiem.

Susan Lewis considers George Gershwin, as both the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and The Philadelphia Orchestra perform one of the great 20th-century master's signature works, Rhapsody in Blue.

We take a walk through the Hawaii-themed 2012 Philadelphia Flower Show with Pennsylvania Horticultural Society President Drew Becher.

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Creatively Speaking
12:37 pm
Sat February 25, 2012

Pianist Christian Zacharias--The Recently Formed Phila. Wind Symphony--A New Sibelius Symphony?

Jim Cotter speaks with the renowned German pianist Christian Zacharias.

Susan Lewis takes a look at The Philadelphia Wind Symphony. The recently formed ensemble is performing on March 3rd in Center City, Philadelphia.

As fragments of an unfinished Jean Sibelius masterwork come to light, David Patrick Stearns considers whether or not we're about to hear a new Sibelius symphony, more than half a century after the death of the great Finish composer.

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Creatively Speaking
1:52 pm
Thu February 16, 2012

Pianist Nikolai Lugansky--Barnes' Pres. Derek Gillman--Georg Philipp Telemann--Phila. History Museum

Pianist Nikolai Lugansky

David Patrick Stearns profiles Nikolai Lugansky. The Russian pianist performs Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No.2 in concerts with The Philadelphia Orchestra the weekend of February 18, 2012.

Jim Cotter speaks with Barnes Foundation President Derek Gillman as final preparations get underway on the opening of the Barnes' new home in Philadelphia.

Susan Lewis considers the 18th-century German Baroque composer Georg Philipp Telemann, said to be the most prolific composer in music history.

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Creatively Speaking

Creatively Speaking is WRTI's weekly look into the world of music, arts, and culture. Meet the people behind the footlights and the artists in the spotlight, as Jim Cotter and company introduce you to those who make the performing and visual arts come alive in our region. Listen to six Creatively Speaking features each week.

Creatively Speaking
2:09 pm
Sat February 11, 2012

Composer Steve Mackey's TONIC--VAN GOGH UP CLOSE--Producer of THE MOUSETRAP Sir Stephen Waley-Cohen

David Patrick Stearns profiles composer Steve Mackey as the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia readies the world premiere of Mackey's Tonic.

Susan Lewis takes us to Van Gogh Up Close at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Jim Cotter speaks with Sir Stephen Waley-Cohen, worldwide producer of The Mousetrap. The Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia is presenting its production of the longest-running play in history though March 4th.

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