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
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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Creatively Speaking
12:29 pm
Sat August 11, 2007

Kimmel Center--Wilma Theater--Independence Hall--The Camden Children's Garden

Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

Philadelphia's Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts: A Profile.

Profiles of: The Wilma Theater located on Philadelphia's Avenue of the Arts.

Historic Independence Hall.

The Camden Children's Garden. 

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Creatively Speaking
9:37 am
Sat July 28, 2007

Nathaniel Kahn Documentaries--The President's House at Independence Mall--Sand Sculpting

Nathaniel Kahn
Credit: Michal Manas

Documentary filmmaker Nathaniel Kahn: My Architect and Two Hands: The Leon Fleisher Story.

The excavation of the President's House at Independence Mall and the complicated nature of archeological digs in urban settings.

The gritty world of sand sculpting at the annual Cape May Amateur Sand Sculpting Contest.

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Creatively Speaking
12:21 pm
Sat July 21, 2007

Elissa Lee Koljonen--My Name is Asher Lev--StorySlams--German Postwar Art

Elissa Lee Koljonen

Elissa Lee Koljonen: Internationally renowned violinist .

Playwright  Aaron Posner's stage adaptation of Chaim Potok's novel<em> My Name Is Asher Lev</em>.

Philadelphia's First Person Arts' StorySlams--modern incarnations of the ancient art form of storytelling.

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

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Creatively Speaking
4:04 pm
Sat July 14, 2007

Simone Dinnerstein's Goldberg Variations--The World on Paper--The Independence Seaport Museum

Simone Dinnerstein's recording of Bach's Goldberg Variations.

Pianist Simone Dinnerstein: Her recording of Bach's <i>Goldberg Variations</i> has won praise.

William H. Johnson's <i>World on Paper</i> at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

The Independence Seaport Museum at Penn's Landing in Philadelphia--the waterfront museum includes a working boat shop, an 1892 battleship used in the Spanish-American War, and a World War II submarine.

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Creatively Speaking
1:11 pm
Sat July 7, 2007

The American Composers Forum--Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture--Non-Profit Theater--Gershwin To Gillespie

Jim Jordan, Philadelphia chapter president of the American Composers Forum. 

Jason Peifer examines the nuances of funding non-profit theater. 

Hazami Sayed, the founder and president of Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture.

Susan Lewis visits Gershwin To Gillespie Portraits in American Music at the Michener Museum's New Hope.

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