Jim Cotter

Arts & Culture Editor

Jim was born and raised in Ireland. He began his radio career in Dublin before moving to the U.K. where he worked for BBC Radio Wales and the BBC World Service. He lived on the island of Crete in Greece for 10 years before moving to the United States.

Since 2002, Jim has been the station's arts and culture reporter and then editor. And since 2003, he's been the host and producer of Creatively Speaking, WRTI's much-acclaimed Saturday morning arts and culture program.

Creatively Speaking has been the recipient of several awards and commendations including two Philadelphia A.I.R (Achievement In Radio) awards and an Excellence in Broadcasting award from the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters.

Jim traveled to Europe in 2004, and to Asia in 2005 to report on Philadelphia Orchestra tours for WRTI. He is married to Claire and they have a daughter, Norah, born in 2006.

Jim can be heard on Saturdays from 11 to 11:30 am as host and producer of Creatively Speaking, and throughout the week for arts and culture reports.

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Creatively Speaking
11:24 am
Wed February 26, 2014

A Young, Independent Opera Star: Mezzo Anita Rachvelishvili

Georgian mezzo soprano Anita Rachvelishvili sings Konchakovna in the Met's latest production of Alexander Borodin’s epic PRINCE IGOR.

Few opera singers' careers begin with Daniel Barenboim telling them to prepare the title role for a season-opening new production of Carmen at La Scala. Yet this was how the Georgian mezzo soprano Anita Rachvelishvili got her big break in 2009. 

She had been in a young singers' training program at the storied Milan opera house when Barenboim recognized her potential, and cast her as the iconic, red-dressed, raven-haired heroine.

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Creatively Speaking
11:46 am
Mon February 24, 2014

A Philadelphia Photographer Documents A Changing City

Vincent Feldman's debut collection, "City Abandoned: Charting the Loss of Civic Institutions in Philadelphia," is published by Paul Dry Books. The Print Center in Philadelphia is hosting a book launch and signing on Wednesday March 5 at 5:30 pm

Philadelphia's urban landscape is ever changing, and over time, many beautiful older structures have become disused, dilapidated, and in many cases, demolished. As WRTI's Jim Cotter reports, a new collection of works by a preeminent Philadelphia photographer is keeping alive the memory of some of the city's architectural gems.  

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Creatively Speaking
6:00 am
Mon February 24, 2014

A New Opera in Honor of German Society's 250th Anniversary

Young Meister Bach is a one-act comic opera by Chuck Holdeman.

Among the earliest settlers to the new world, those of German origin have made a strong imprint on the Philadelphia area. As WRTI's Jim Cotter reports, an organization that celebrates the history and legacy of Pennsylvania Germans is celebrating a landmark anniversary with a new opera. 

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Creatively Speaking
10:06 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Mozart In The Ratings Jungle

The way we watch television has altered radically in the past 10 years. So, too, has the classical music world. Yet now, as WRTI's Jim Cotter reports, a musician's memoir written a decade ago is being adapted for television...but not for any traditional TV station.

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Creatively Speaking
4:49 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Super Bowl Soprano Renee Fleming Returns To Her "Day Job"

Soprano Renee Fleming scored a touchdown in her pre-Super Bowl performance of The Star-Spangled Banner.

Singing at The Metropolitan Opera rarely means just returning to "business as usual." But - for soprano Renee Fleming, the worldwide audience for the February 8th Met Opera radio broadcast and HD simulcast in which she stars will be small change compared to the millions who watched her recent pre-Super Bowl performance.

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Creatively Speaking
1:12 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

Pianist Helene Grimaud: Braving Brahms

Pianist Helene Grimaud

This Sunday on the Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI, Helene Grimaud performs the Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1, with conductor Michael Tilson Thomas subbing for Yannick Nezet-Seguin.

As WRTI’s Jim Cotter reports, the French pianist was originally scheduled to play the second Brahms piano concerto, but changed her program when she heard that Yannick would not be on the podium for the concert.

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Creatively Speaking
1:23 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Manfred Honeck's Musical Journey

The Austrian-born conductor Manfred Hoeneck has led a storied life. His first exposure to music was through learning folk music on the traditional mid-European lute, the zither. As WRTI's Jim Cotter reports, his journey onward from the Vienna Philharmonic to Pittsburgh and beyond is reflected in a favorite symphony by a composer the conductor regards as a fellow traveler.

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Where Music Lives
8:09 am
Mon December 16, 2013

The Ocean City Pops: Something For Everyone!

The Ocean City Music PIer

As we approach the darkest days of winter, we now take a look ahead to the future dog days of summer as  WRTI's Jim Cotter takes us down the shore, where music lives on the Ocean City Music Pier.

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Creatively Speaking
4:23 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

The Crossing @ Christmas on WRTI

A choir that principally performs secular music will, this week, steep itself in a most holy of winter holiday musical traditions. But WRTI's Jim Cotter says he is not expecting to hear a load of old chestnuts in The Crossing's Christmas concert.

The Crossing @ Christmas concert takes place on Friday, December 20th at 8 pm at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Chestnut Hill. Ticket info here.

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The Crossing Concert Choir
4:41 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

The Crossing Celebrates Italian Choral Music on WRTI: December 15, 4 PM

This Sunday at 4 pm on The Crossing in Concert, we'll hear a performance recorded live at the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill in early November that explores Italian art through the lens of contemporary music for choir. 

The program features works by, among others, Bruno Bettinelli and Yehuda Yannay as well as a madrigal by Stephen Paulus based on texts by Michelangelo. Conductor Donald Nally is host. That's Sunday, December 15, 4 to 5 pm. Join us!

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