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
11:01 am
Sat November 7, 2009

Tito Capobianco at AVA--The Mischianza--Pyle Show at DAM-Bringing TU Students to Cultural Venues

Illustrating Her World: Ellen B. T. Pyle at the Delaware Art Museum is on view until January 3, 2010.

David Patrick Stearns looks ahead to an Academy of Vocal Arts production of Verdi's Falstaff with the legendary Met Opera stage director Tito Capobianco at the helm.

In the first of a year-long exploration of overlooked events in local history, Tom Keels explores the Mischianza - a city-wide party held in Philadelphia during the American War of Independence.

Susan Lewis visits a Delaware Art Museum exhibition exploring the art of Ellen B.T. Pyle, a popular cover artist for The Saturday Evening Post during the '20s and '30s.

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Creatively Speaking
2:30 pm
Sat October 24, 2009

Iraq's Ancient Past at the Penn Museum--Italian Conductor Daniele Gatti--Arshile Gorky at PMA

Lyre with Bearded Bull's Head and Inlaid Panel, Royal Cemetery, Ur, Iraq, Early Dynastic III, 2550-2450 BCE, Wood, lapis lazuli, gold, silver, shell, bitumen, H. 35.6 cm. Penn Museum Object B17694.

Jim Cotter speaks with Richard Zettler, the co-curator of Iraq's Ancient Past: Rediscovering Ur's Royal Cemetery, a new exhibition opening on October 25th at the Penn Museum.

David Patrick Sterns profiles the controversial Italian conductor Daniele Gatti. He leads the Philadelphia Orchestra in a series of concerts this week.

Susan Lewis explores the Philadelphia Museum of Art's new retrospective on 20th-century American artist Arshile Gorky, whose work was a bridge between surrealism and abstract expressionism.

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Creatively Speaking
10:33 am
Sat October 17, 2009

Bassoonist Daniel Matsukawa--Brandenberg Concertos by Tempesta di Mare--Amer. Swedish Hist. Museum

Daniel Matsukawa is Principal Bassoon with The Philadelphia Orchestra.

Jim Cotter speaks with The Philadelphia Orchestra's Principal Bassoon Daniel Matsukawa. He's the soloist this week for performances of Mozart's Bassoon Concerto at the Kimmel Center.

Susan Lewis considers performances of Bach's Brandenburg Concertos by Tempesta di Mare, the Philadelphia-based Baroque orchestra.

Jason Peifer explores Philadelphia's Swedish origins with a visit to the American Swedish Historical Museum.

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Creatively Speaking
9:08 am
Wed October 7, 2009

The Art of Jun Kaneko--Composer Michael Hersch--EVERYTHING BUT THE COFFEE Author Bryant Simon

Jun Kaneko designs the fabrics for costumes worn in Opera Company of Philadelphia's production of Madama Butterfly.

Susan Lewis considers the art of Jun Kaneko, whose costumes and sets are featured in Madama Butterfly, the Opera Company of Philadelphia's latest production. Kaneko's sculptures are on view in four different venues around the city.

David Patrick Stearns speaks with Michael Hersch. The Philadelphia-based composer has a world-premiere performance of an evening-length work for French horn and cello coming up, and a CD of his cello sonatas being released soon.

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Creatively Speaking
3:13 pm
Wed September 30, 2009

The President of Phila. Orchestra Allison Vulgamore--Pianist Di Wu--All About the Mutter Museum

Allison Vulgamore is the newly appointed president and CEO of The Philadelphia Orchestra.

Jim Cotter speaks with Allison Vulgamore. The Philadelphia Orchestra's newly appointed president and CEO is scheduled to begin in her new post no later that February, 2010.

David Patrick Stearns profiles pianist Di Wu. The rising star is in recital in Philadelphia this weekend.

Susan Lewis explores Philadelphia's 150-year-old Mutter Museum - renowned for its specimens of medical pathologies - and the Museum's home, The College of Physicians of Philadelphia.

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Creatively Speaking
2:42 pm
Thu September 24, 2009

Charles Dutoit on Phila. Orch.'s New Season--Skyscrapers at PMA--Phila. Theatre Co.'s HUMOR ABUSE

As The Philadelphia Orchestra opens its new season we speak with Chief Conductor Charles Dutoit about the music he's conducting this week.

Susan Lewis takes us to an exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art exploring the impact of Skyscrapers on artists of the 20th century.

And we speak with circus performer-turned actor Lorenzo Pisoni. His Obie-winning one-man show Humor Abuse is the the Philadelphia Theatre Company's season opener.

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Creatively Speaking
11:39 am
Sat September 19, 2009

Jamie Wyeth--Joseph Haydn's Life--Black Pearl Cham Orch Music Dir Jeri Lynn Johnson--NJ State Opera

Jeri Lynn Johnson is the music director of the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra, performing at the Kimmel Center on September 19th.

Jim Cotter speaks with the artist Jamie Wyeth. His series of paintings exploring the "Seven Deadly Sins," is the basis of a new exhibition at the Brandywine River Museum.

Susan Lewis explores the life and music of Joseph Haydn, considered the father of the symphony and the string quartet. The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia opens its season this weekend with an all-Haydn program.


Jim Cotter speaks with Jeri Lynn Johnson, music director of the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra whose inaugural season opening concert takes place this weekend at the Kimmel Center.

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Creatively Speaking
9:49 am
Sat September 12, 2009

Curator of the Marcel Duchamp Exhibit at PMA--Video Art Show at ICA--Jennifer Higdon on the Beatles

Jim Cotter speaks with Michael Taylor, curator of Marcel Duchamp: Etant donnes, a new exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The museum hosts two educational events on the work this weekend.

Susan Lewis considers the nature of video art as the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia opens a year-long exhibition showcasing that medium.

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Creatively Speaking
11:20 am
Sat September 5, 2009

Timothy Rub of the PMA--The Ephrata Cloisters--Philadelphia Zoo 150th year

Timothy Rub, new director and CEO of the Philadelphia Museum of Art

 

 

Creatively Speaking
12:04 pm
Thu August 27, 2009

PMA Modern Art--Music & Reading Terminal Market--Simeone Found. Museum--Free Library of Phila.

Golden Fall, 1940
Joseph Stella, American (born Italy)
The C.K. Williams, II Collection

Jim Cotter takes a walk through Adventures in Modern Art: The Charles K. Williams II Collection, at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and speaks with its organizer Innis Shoemaker.

David Patrick Stearns profiles the very talented pianists who perform daily at Philadelphia's Reading Terminal Market.

Jason Peifer takes us to the Simeone Foundation Museum, home to a world-class collection of historic sports and race cars.

Susan Lewis looks at the history and evolution of the Free Library of Philadelphia.

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