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
1:42 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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Creatively Speaking
3:21 pm
Wed October 31, 2007

Vera Wilson, Astral Art Services-- The Vanishing Pavillions--The Mendelssohn Club

Vera Wilson

Vera Wilson, Founder and  President of Astral Artistic Services. For 15 years she has provided career  services to promising young classical musicians.

A profile of Michael Hersch. The Haverford-based pianist and composer's The Vanishing Pavillions has just been released on CD.

Also, a look at the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia, one of the country's oldest choruses.

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Creatively Speaking
10:21 am
Wed October 24, 2007

Conductor Nicholas McGegan--Founding Theater Companies--Figure Painter Antonio Mancini

Nicholas McGegan

Nicholas McGegan, conductor, talks about his Philadelphia Orchestra program of Haydn and Mozart.

Three Philadelphia theater founders discuss what it takes to start a company in the region.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art explores the unique works of nineteenth-century figure painter Antonio Mancini.

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Creatively Speaking
10:39 am
Sat October 20, 2007

Pianist Leif Ove Andsnes--The Suzanne Roberts Theater--The Treatment of William Penn

Leif Ove Andsnes

Leif Ove Andsnes, pianist, discusses his latest projects, including a new recording with the Artemis Quartet.

The Philadelphia Theater Company moves into its new home, the Suzanne Roberts Theater.

Conservator  David Cann of Moorland Studios in New Jersey  discusses the cleaning and treatment of Alexander Calder's <i>William Penn</i>, one Philadelphia's  most beloved landmarks.

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Creatively Speaking
9:45 am
Sat October 13, 2007

Mari Yoshihara--Paul Taylor's Company B--Tenor Matthew Polenzani--Independence Starts Here

Mari Yoshihara

Mari Yoshihara: Author of <i>Musicians from a Different Shore</i> examines role of Asians in classical music world.

Paul Taylor's <i>Company B</i> headlines Pennsylvania Ballet's season opener with dances set to music by The Andrews Sisters, Bach, and Shostakovich.

Tenor Matthew Polenzani on his role in the Opera Company of Philadelphia's <i>Rigoletto</i>.

Mimi Kenney Smith, coordinator of Independence Starts Here: A Festival of Disability Arts and Culture.

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Creatively Speaking
9:22 am
Thu October 4, 2007

An Encyclopedia of Classical Music--The Arts in Criminal Justice--Degas and Japanese Art

The NPR Listener's Encyclopedia of Classical Music

Ted Libbey: Author of The NPR Listener's Encyclopedia of Classical Music.

Philadelphia hosts the first Arts in Criminal Justice National Conference. Jane Golden, conference organizer and Philly's Mural Arts Program director, discusses role of the arts in criminal justice.

Degas and the Art of Japan, at the Reading Public Museum, explores the influence of Japanese art on French impressionist Edgar Degas.

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Creatively Speaking
3:25 pm
Sat September 29, 2007

Remembering Pianist Glenn Gould -- Amadeus

Pianist Simone Dinnerstein talks about the legendary Glenn Gould and the digital re-performance of his 1955 Goldberg Variations. Dinnerstein, whose own version of Bach's Goldberg Variations has reached the top of the classical music charts, tells us if technology can replicate the man. Also, Amadeus at Philadelphia's Wilma Theater is reviewed.

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Creatively Speaking
10:47 am
Sat September 22, 2007

Christoph Eschenbach--River Of Gold: Pre-Columbian Treasures from Sitio Conte--The Playwright

Christoph Eschenbach

Christoph Eschenbach: The Philadelphia Orchestra's music director.

River Of Gold: Pre-Columbian Treasures from Sitio Conte, an exhibition at the Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology showcasing artifacts discovered during the 1940 Penn excavation of a Panama cemetery

The job of a playwright (part of a continuing theater series) featuring Philly writers Thomas Gibbons, Bruce Graham, and Michael Hollinger.

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Creatively Speaking
10:20 am
Sat September 8, 2007

Anne Ewers, Kimmel Center--Gershwin to Gillespie--Dramaturgy--Postwar German Art at PMA

Anne Ewers

Anne Ewers: New President of Philadelphia's Kimmel Center

Michener Art Museum in New Hope's exhibition <i>Gershwin to Gillespie: Portraits in American Music</i>

Four dramaturges from Philadelphia theaters (part of a continuing series)

Philadelphia Museum of Art curator Carlos Basualdo on postwar German exhibition <i>Notations: Kiefer, Polke, Richter</i>. 

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Creatively Speaking
3:33 pm
Sat August 18, 2007

James Undercoffler--Philadelphia Public Art--The Artistic Director

James Undercofler

 James Undercoffler: The Philadelphia Orchestra's new president.

Public art in Philadelphia and the 100-year-old Fairmount Park Art Association.

A review of Marlborough Music Festival.

The role of the artistic director in theater (part of a continuing series) includes interviews with Terry Nolen of the Arden Theatre, the Philadelphia Theatre Company's Sara Garonzik, and Robin Marcotte from Hotel Obligado.

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