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
11:10 am
Sat February 16, 2008

Charles Dutoit--Chinese New Year in Philly--Chestnut Brass Company--Frida Kahlo

Charles Dutoit

Charles Dutoit tells Jim Cotter about the music he's programmed for his first season as chief conductor and artistic adviser of the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Jason Peifer explores celebrations of the Chinese New Year in Philadelphia's Chinatown.

As the Grammy winning quintet The Chestnut Brass Company celebrates its 30th anniversary, we speak with founding member Jay Krush.

Susan Lewis explores the life, labor and loves of Frida Kahlo. Kahlo-related exhibitions open in Delaware and Philadelphia this month.

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Creatively Speaking
9:05 am
Sat February 9, 2008

Alan Gilbert--Beethoven's Opus 95--Opera Company of Philadelphia

Conductor Alan Gilbert

Jim Cotter speaks with Alan Gilbert, the Music Director-Designate of the New York Philharmonic.

Susan Lewis looks at the music and life of Beethoven, and in particular at Mahler's transcription of his Opus 95. Alan Gilbert will conduct The Curtis Institute of Music in performances of this work next week.

And we'll hear from composer David DiChiera. The Opera Company of Philadelphia presents the east coast premiere of his new work Cyrano this weekend.

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Creatively Speaking
3:24 pm
Wed January 23, 2008

Antony Penrose- Pierre Boulez--The Academy of Music; and the Arden Theater's Wittenberg

Pierre Boulez

As The Philadelphia Museum of Art opens a retrospective of the iconic 20th century fine art photographer Lee Miller, Jim Cotter speaks with her son Antony Penrose.

David Patrick Stearns speaks with and profiles the legendary composer and conductor Pierre Boulez; Orchestra 2001 performs his Le Marteau Sans Maitre in concerts this weekend.

As preparations heighten for Philadelphia's annual Academy Ball, Susan Lewis takes a look at the "Grand Old Lady of Locust Street." 

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Creatively Speaking
11:31 am
Sat January 19, 2008

Settlement Music School -- Walnut Street Theater -- Reading Public Museum

Robert Capanna

Jim Cotter speaks with Settlement Music School Executive Director Robert Capanna. The school celebrates its 100th anniversary this year.

Jason Peifer visits the Walnut Street Theater as it stages Arthur Miller's play, The Price. The show features renowned film actor Robert Prosky, a Philadelphia native.

Susan Lewis explores the Reading Public Museum, which over the course of its 100+ years has grown from a science collection into a multi-disciplinary museum with galleries for art and artifacts from all over the world.

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Creatively Speaking
12:18 pm
Sat January 12, 2008

The Philadelphia Orchestra: Leonard Bernstein Festival

Leonard Berstein

Jim Cotter speaks with Jennifer Higdon.  The Philadelphia Orchestra and Time for Three premier her Concerto 4-3 this week. It's part of the orchestra's Leonard Bernstein Festival.

Also, Susan Lewis looks at the life and legend of the great American composer, conductor, and educator.

Jason Peifer talks to the organizers of the annual One Book, One Philadelphia program.

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Creatively Speaking
2:40 pm
Sat January 5, 2008

Simone Dinnerstein--Independence Seaport Museum--Antonio Mancini at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Simone Dinnerstein

Jim Cotter speaks with pianist Simone Dinnerstein about a computer generated re-recording of Glenn Gould's legendary performance of Bach's Goldberg Variations. Her own recording of the 'Variations has been on the classical music charts for 18 weeks now.

Jason Peifer takes us the Independence Seaport Museum in Philadelphia.

Susan Lewis visits an exhibition of the works of the prominent late nineteenth century Italian painter Antonio Mancini at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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Creatively Speaking
4:53 pm
Wed December 5, 2007

Jennifer Higdon--Flamenco and Jazz Tap--Playwright Tennessee Williams

Jennifer Higdon

Jim Cotter speaks with composer Jennifer Higdon.

Susan Lewis looks at how flamenco and jazz tap are paired in a production in Philadelphia this weekend.

Jason Peifer on playwright Tennessee Williams as EgoPo Productions opens a festival of his life and work.

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Creatively Speaking
12:16 pm
Sat November 24, 2007

Charles Dutoit; River of Gold at the Penn Museum--Ensemble at ICA

Charles Dutoit

Jim Cotter speaks with Charles Dutoit, incoming chief conductor and artistic adviser of The Philadelphia Orchestra.

Susan Lewis explores River of Gold: Precolumbian Treasures from Sitio Conte, an exhibition at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.

Jason Peifer takes us to Ensemble at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia. The exhibition features works that make sound, guest curated by artist and musician Christian Marclay.

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Creatively Speaking
10:19 am
Sat November 17, 2007

Night of the Mayas--Mother Courage--Hansel and Gretel

Miguel Harth-Bedoya

Miguel Harth-Bedoya, conductor, and Angela Zator Nelson, percussionist, discuss their upcoming performance with the Philadelphia Orchestra of Revueltas's Night of the Mayas.

Jason Peifer takes us behind the scenes as a cast member in Villanova University's production of Bertolt Brecht's Mother Courage and Her Children.

Susan Lewis considers the Opera Company of Philadelphia's new production of Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel, with sets and costumes designed by children's author Maurice Sendak.

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Creatively Speaking
1:42 pm
Sat November 10, 2007

Anne Ewers, Kimmel President--Costume Design--Asians in Clssical Music--First Person Festival

Anne Ewers

Anne Ewers, New President of Philadelphia's Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.

A look at the role of the costume designer in theatrical  productions.

Mari Yoshihara, author of Musicians from a Different Shore, examines role of Asians in classical music world.

First Person Arts presents a storytelling competition, or "Story Slam," as part of the First Person Festival of Memoir and Documentary Art.

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