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 

Jim traveled to Europe in 2004, and to Asia in 2005 and 2008 to report on Philadelphia Orchestra tours for WRTI and to Scotland in 2005 with Pennsylvania Ballet.  

In 2013, Jim was awarded a prestigious Knight Arts Grant to produce "Philadelphia Music Makers," a new artist-hosted music program he created. The series will begin airing on WRTI in Fall 2014. 

Jim can be heard throughout the week in Creatively Speaking arts features and in Sunday Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcasts. 

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Creatively Speaking
10:06 am
Sat February 28, 2009

Composer Andrea Clearfield--Chronicles of Narnia at the Franklin Institute--Wilma Theater's Scorched

Scorched is at The Wilma Theater until March 29th

A conversation with composer Andrea Clearfield about music she's created, inspired by the indigenous art and music of Nepal. Clearfield traveled to a remote Himalayan kingdom last year to research the project.

Susan Lewis visits the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia where The Chronicles of Narnia: The Exhibition, uses the popular children's classics and recent film adaptations as springboards for science education.

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Creatively Speaking
1:51 pm
Sat February 21, 2009

Benjamin Beilman--Cezanne and Beyond--Fulton Opera House--The Center for Emerging Visual Artists

Curtis Student and Astral Artistic Services National Audition Winner Benjamin Beilman

We speak with the promising young violinist Benjamin Beilman. A Curtis student, he is one of eight winners of Astral Artistic Service's National Auditions. Beilman also recently won the Il Milka/Astral Violin Prize.

Susan Lewis looks at Cezanne and Beyond, the Philadelphia Museum of Art's upcoming exhibition about the impact of the 19th century French artist, called the "Father of Modern Painting."

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Creatively Speaking
10:03 am
Sat February 14, 2009

Arts & Culture Gary Steuer--Philadelphia Orchestra Tour--Missing Masters--Bristol Riverside Theatre

The City of Philadelphia's Chief Cultural Officer, Gary Steuer

As the economic downturn continues to bite, we speak with the City of Philadelphia's Chief Cultural Officer, Gary Steuer. Public forums are being held to get community input on the city's approach to arts and culture.

David Patrick Stearns reports on the final week of The Philadelphia Orchestra's tour of Europe and the Canary Islands.

We mark Black History Month by revisiting Susan Lewis' look at In Search of Missing Masters, a show of African-American Art at the Woodmere Art Museum in the Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia.

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Creatively Speaking
9:20 am
Sat January 31, 2009

Composer/Performer Simon Shaheen--Phila Dance Projects--Charles Darwin Legacy--Tenor Placido Domingo

Placido Domingo

Jim Cotter speaks with Simon Shaheen. The Palestinian composer, and oud and violin virtuoso, performs at the Kimmel Center this weekend.

Susan Lewis looks at Philadelphia Dance Projects' upcoming series. Performances over three weekends will pair?local contemporary dancers with?dance artists from around the country.

Jason Peifer explores the legacy of Charles Darwin, as numerous Philadelphia organizations celebrate the "Year of Evolution." February marks Darwin's 200th Birthday.

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Creatively Speaking
2:16 pm
Fri January 16, 2009

Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg--AMERICA I AM--My Name Is Asher Lev--Bass-Baritone Eric Owens

Chaim Potok's novel has been adapted for the stage by Aaron Posner with artistic input by Potok's daughter, Adena Potok.

Jim Cotter speaks with Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg. She performs Bruch's first violin concerto in performances with the Philadelphia Orchestra this week.

Susan Lewis looks at AMERICA I AM: The African American Imprint, a new exhibition at the National Constitution Center that explores the myriad contributions African Americans have made to America.

Jason Peifer visits the Arden Theatre in Philadelphia as it premieres an adaptation of Chaim Potok's 1972 novel, My Name Is Asher Lev.

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Creatively Speaking
10:34 am
Sat January 10, 2009

A is for Art Museum--Fulfilling a Prophecy--Sacred Harp Singing--Philly a Brewery Town?

Philadelphia Museum of Art

We listen back to Jim Cotter's conversation with Katy Friedland and Marla K. Shoemaker, the authors of the children's book A is for Art Museum. We also drop in on an art program for pre-schoolers at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Susan Lewis considers the Penn Museum exhibition Fulfilling a Prophecy: The Past and Present of the Lenape in Pennsylvania.

Jason Peifer explores Sacred Harp Singing, a resurgent a cappella singing tradition that dates back to the early 1800s.

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Creatively Speaking
1:58 pm
Thu December 18, 2008

Davyd Booth--Narnia at Franklin Institute--History of Cherry Sisters--Unsilent Night

The Chronicles of Narnia Exhibition at The Franklin

We speak with Philadelphia Orchestra violinist Davyd Booth about the orchestra's annual Glorious Sound of Christmas concerts.

Susan Lewis explores the science in Narnia, an exhibition at the Franklin Institute. The show is based on C.S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia and movie adaptations.

Jason Peifer talks to the creator and performers of Cherry Bomb: The Worst Act in Vaudeville, from 1812 Productions. The new musical explores the history of the Cherry Sisters and their touring vaudeville act.

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Creatively Speaking
2:59 pm
Wed November 26, 2008

Steve Lopez--Michael Tilson Thomas--The Government Inspector--Settlement Music School at 100

Settlement Music School student Nicole Sauder

We listen back to Jim Cotter's interviews with author Steve Lopez and conductor Michael Tilson Thomas.

Jason Peifer visits the Lantern Theater Company as it stages a new adaptation of the classic Nikolai Gogol play, The Government Inspector.

Susan Lewis considers the history of Philadelphia's Settlement Music School and the many lives it has touched in its 100-year history.

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Creatively Speaking
4:20 pm
Wed November 5, 2008

Michael Tilson Thomas--Phila. Improv Festival--Philadelphia Virtuosi--Avenue of the Artists

Philadelphia's Camac Street is home to the Plastic Club and Sketch Club

Jim Cotter speaks with Michael Tilson Thomas. The music director of the San Francisco Symphony and artistic director of the New World Symphony conducts the Philadelphia Orchestra in concerts this week.

Jason Peifer previews the Philadelphia Improv Festival, an annual event that highlights the growth in unscripted comedy in the region.

David Patrick Stearns profiles the Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra.

Susan Lewis visits the Sketch Club and the Plastic Club on Philadelphia's Camac Street - the Avenue of the Artists.

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Creatively Speaking
2:19 pm
Wed October 29, 2008

A is for Art Museum--Arts & Quality of Life Research Center--Unusual Acts of Devotion--Angela Meade

A is for Art Museum, by the Philadelphia Museum of Art's Katy Friedland and Marla Shoemaker

Jim Cotter speaks with with Katy Friedland and Marla K. Shoemaker, authors of a new children's book A is for Art Museum. We'll also drop in on an art program for pre-schoolers at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Susan Lewis looks at Temple University's Arts and Quality of Life Research Center, where researchers are working to demonstrate links between the arts and physical well being.

Jason Peifer speaks with members of the Philadelphia Theatre Company and playwright Terrence McNally about his latest drama Unusual Acts of Devotion.

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