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
1:45 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Opera In...An Underground Swimming Pool?

Agave Opera Company's TRIBUTARIES is being performed at Fairmount Water Works on December 14th at 4 pm.

Philadelphia is recognized nationally for being on the cutting edge of non-traditional opera staging. Now, on the heels of acclaimed offerings from the city's largest company, comes a new work from a smaller presenter that is literally taking the opera art form...underground.

Beneath Philadelphia's Fairmount Water Works is the Kelly swimming pool. Abandoned in 1972 after being inundated by a hurricane, it sits just a few feet above waters of the Schuylkill River with just a few inches of concrete protecting it from further flooding. 

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Creatively Speaking
8:18 am
Mon December 9, 2013

A Glorious Tradition: The Fabulous Philadelphians' Glorious Seasonal Sounds

On this Sunday's Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast on WRTI, we'll listen in on a great seasonal tradition. As WRTI's Jim Cotter reports, the Glorious Sound of Christmas is still one of the orchestra's most beloved presentations, both for audiences and for many of the musicians who play it.

Violinist Davyd Booth's relationship with the Philadelphia Orchestra’s Christmas music started years before he would play with the ensemble - at family holiday celebrations and beyond.

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Creatively Speaking
6:35 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Symphony in C: Celebrating 60

Harpist Madeline Blood performs with Symphony in C, December 7th at 8 pm

Symphony in C continues its 60th-anniversary season this weekend with a concert featuring the music of Mozart. As WRTI's Jim Cotter reports, the organization is operating under the leadership of a newly appointed president, who has a very hands-on approach.

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Where Music lives
6:19 am
Mon December 2, 2013

The Westminster Symphonic Choir: Singing With The Stars

Westminster Symphonic Choir

Music lives at Westminster Choir College at Rider University in Princeton, New Jersey. As WRTI's Jim Cotter reports, the college's Westminster Symphonic Choir has, for almost 90 years, been performing with the world's foremost orchestras under some legendary conductors, including Leopold Stokowski, Arturo Toscanini and Bruno Walter, and more recently with a college alum who is among the foremost of his generation.

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Creatively Speaking
7:48 am
Mon November 25, 2013

An All-Curtis Affair

The Dover Quartet

A new work by Curtis Institute Faculty Composer Eric Sessler debuted recently in Baltimore to popular and critical acclaim. As WRTI's Jim Cotter reports, it will next be performed in Philadelphia by four Curtis alums.

In a Philadelphia Chamber Music Society presentation, The Dover Quartet plays Eric Sessler’s String Quartet at The Kimmel Center’s Perelman Theater on Wednesday, December 4th at 8 pm.

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Creatively Speaking
6:52 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Lise and Liszt: A Love Story

French pianist Lise de la Salle

A young French pianist performing a work by a beloved composer is featured this Sunday on WRTI's Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast. Jim Cotter reports on the artistic affections for a great 19th-century romantic by one of his finest contemporary interpreters.

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Creatively Speaking
10:52 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Woodmere Art Museum Engages Community To Help Plan Future

Woodmere Art Museum in Chestnut Hill is planning an expansion.

A prominent Philadelphia art museum in Chestnut Hill is moving ahead with expansion plans. As WRTI's Jim Cotter reports, a meeting with local community members this week will help shape the future of the institution.

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Creatively Speaking
7:59 pm
Sun November 17, 2013

The Evolution Of Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg

Violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg

Her story is, in its way, a great American immigrant’s tale: the Italian-born, American violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg’s career continues to evolve in ways that no one could have predicted.  WRTI’s Jim Cotter profiles an artist who has spent most of her life in the spotlight.

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Creatively Speaking
8:19 am
Mon November 11, 2013

The Resilience of Joyce DiDonato

Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato
David Zobel

This Saturday, November 16th, WRTI dedicates its programming to opera. The now annual "Opera Day" is a celebration of this grandest expression of music and theater.  WRTI’s Jim Cotter profiles Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato; she's not only one of America’s premiere operatic voices, but also one of the hardiest. 

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Creatively Speaking
2:37 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Opera's Leading Man: Heartthrob Roberto Alagna

Roberto Alagna is back at the Met, and back in the kind of romantic leading role that has made him an operatic heartthrob. The superstar tenor, having recently celebrated a landmark birthday, tells WRTI's Jim Cotter that he's also in one the greatest periods of his life, both personally and artistically. 

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