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.

Pages

Creatively Speaking
12:14 pm
Sat April 26, 2008

Steve Lopez--Fashioning Kimono at the Philadelphia Museum of Art--Leon Fleisher performs Hindemith

'The Soloist' by Steve Lopez

Jim Cotter speaks with author Steve Lopez.  His story of destitute musician Nathaniel Ayers is being made into a film starring Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey, Jr.

Susan Lewis takes us to Fashioning Kimono: Art Deco and Modernism in Japan, a new exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

David Patrick Stearns looks ahead to Leon Fleisher's performance of Paul Hindemith's Piano Concerto for the Left Hand with Christoph Eschenbach conducting the Curtis Symphony.

More Information:

Read more
Creatively Speaking
10:04 am
Sat April 19, 2008

Arts Education in Philly--Bernstein's "Kaddish" Symphony--Animal Farm at Mum Puppettheater

Leonard Bernstein

Jim Cotter leads a conversation about arts education in Philadelphia's public school system.

David Patrick Stearns on Leonard Bernstein's third, "Kaddish", symphony.

Jason Peifer previews Mum Puppettheater's interpretation of George Orwell's classic novel Animal Farm.

Resources:

Read more
Creatively Speaking
12:30 pm
Fri April 11, 2008

Benjamin West--Lyric Fest--Benjamin Rush's Birthplace--The Philadelphia Antiques Show

The Fatal Wounding of Sir Philip Sidney, Benjamin West, 1805 Oil on canvas

Jim Cotter visits the Woodmere Art Museum in Chestnut Hill to explore the work of Benjamin West a colonial-era superstar artist.

Susan Lewis considers Lyric Fest and its upcoming recital of songs written by composers with Philadelphia connections.

Historian Thomas Keels delves into the 1960s destruction of the birthplace of Benjamin Rush; Philadelphia's forgotten founding father.

Jason Peifer takes us to the 47th Annual Philadelphia Antiques Show.

Resources:

Read more
Creatively Speaking
10:53 am
Thu April 3, 2008

Philadelphia Museum of Art--Pianist Yuja Wang--Eastern State Penitentiary--Cherry Blossom Festival

Liberty Series: A Dream of Birds, 2007, by Katie Baldwin

We look ahead to a new exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art featuring the works of some talented, young, local artists.

Philadelphia Inquirer music critic David Patrick Stearns profiles pianist Yuja Wang. The fast-rising star is the soloist when the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields performs at the Kimmel Center next week.

Susan Lewis visits historic Eastern State Penitentiary, now planning the renovation of a synagogue within its walls.

Jason Peifer looks ahead to the year's Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia.

Resources:

Read more
News and Views
10:41 am
Mon March 31, 2008

A Profile of "Angela's Ashes" Author Frank McCourt

Frank McCourt

Frank McCourt came to attention in 1996 with the publication of Angela's Ashes, a memoir of his childhood in Ireland in the 1930s and '40s. The book won the 1997 Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography and was made into an Oscar-nominated movie.

Read more
Creatively Speaking
11:55 am
Thu March 27, 2008

Rudolf Buchbinder--The Clay Studio--Nina Jablonski and The Evolution of Skin Color--Joyce DiDonato

Pianist Rudolf Buchbinder

Jim Cotter speaks with pianist Rudolf Buchbinder.  He performs Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4 with the Philadelphia Orchestra this week.

Susan Lewis takes us to The Clay Studio in Philadelphia, a regional hub for ceramics education, creation, and exhibition.

A conversation with anthropologist Nina Jablonski.  She lectures about The Evolution of Human Skin Color at the Wagner Free Institute of Science on Saturday.

Read more
Creatively Speaking
12:29 pm
Sat March 22, 2008

Sculptor Susan Opie--Wendy Wasserstein's Third--BalletX's Right to Spring

Susan Opie, Grasshopper and Dragonfly, 2001

Bucks County artist Susan Opie walks us through her works of bugs and critters, now on view in the outdoor sculpture garden at the Michener Art Museum in Doylestown. The museum's ongoing Outdoor Sculpture Program features the works of contemporary American sculptors.

Jason Peifer examines the life and theatrical works of the late Wendy Wasserstein. Her final play, Third, is being produced by the Philadelphia Theater Company. Third will be performed at PTC's new home, the Suzanne Roberts Theatre.

Read more
Creatively Speaking
3:29 pm
Sat March 15, 2008

Christopher Cazenove in My Fair Lady--Ainadamar--Motets at the Bach Festival--Copenhagen

Actor Christopher Cazenove

Jim Cotter speaks with the veteran British Actor Christopher Cazenove.  He stars in My Fair Lady at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia Inquirer Music critic David Patrick Stearns reports on the Curtis Opera Theater's Ainadamar.

Susan Lewis considers the role of Bach's motets, being performed this weekend by The Choral Arts Society of Philadelphia.

And Jason Peifer visits the Bristol Riverside Theater as it stages the Tony-award winning play, Copenhagen.

Resources:

Read more
Creatively Speaking
1:45 pm
Thu March 6, 2008

Spot Check at PAFA--August Wilson at the Arden--PA Ballet's Messiah--Kimmel Center's Mervon Mehta

Spot Check: Academy Contemporary at PAFA

The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts has one of the world's finest collections of American Art. The exhibition Spot Check: Academy Contemporary highlights some of PAFA's most notable recent acquisitions.

Jason Peifer takes a look at the legacy of playwright August Wilson, who's Pulitzer Prize winning show, The Piano Lesson comes to the Arden Theatre in Philadelphia.

Susan Lewis looks at Pennsylvania Ballet's latest production which is based on the music of Handel's Messiah.

Read more
Creatively Speaking
2:34 pm
Sat March 1, 2008

Robert Spano--Baseball As America--Philadelphia Flower Show--Elliott Carter

Robert Spano

A conversation with Robert Spano--the Music Director of the Atlanta Symphony.

Jason Peifer visits "Baseball As America" at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. The 5,000-square-foot exhibition examines the relationship between baseball and American culture.

Susan Lewis explores the this year's jazz-themed Philadelphia Flower Show.

David Patrick Sterns profiles the American composer Elliott Carter who celebrates his 100th birthday this year.

Resources:

Read more

Pages