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
10:44 am
Sat May 6, 2006

Kirstin Chavez, mezzo soprano

This week, we're at rehearsals for the Opera Company of Philadelphia's season ending performance of The Marriage of Figaro to speak with mezzo soprano Kirstin Chavez. Jason Peifer previews The Pirate at the Prince Music Theater. The new musical is a live stage adaptation of a 1949 Vincente Minnelli film starring Gene Kelly and Judy Garland. And Susan Lewis explores the history of music theater.

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Creatively Speaking
4:38 pm
Sat April 29, 2006

Osmo Vänskä

On this week's Creatively Speaking!, a conversation with Vänskä. He's in town to conduct the Philadelphia Orchestra. Jason Peifer visits the Delaware Theatre Company as they stage the premiere of A Murder, A Mystery & A Marriage. The new musical is an adaptation of a Mark Twain short-story. We speak with new President and CEO of the Philadelphia Orchestra, James Undercoffler. We look at a new art exhibit called "Soft Sites" which explores location and takes visitors "on location" from the Institute of Contemporary Art to Historic Bartram's Garden.

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Creatively Speaking
4:57 pm
Sat April 22, 2006

Gary Graffman

A conversation with Curtis Institute of Music president Gary Graffman who retires this year, and incoming president Roberto Diaz. Jason Peifer visits The Wilma Theater as they mount a festival of Caryl Churchill plays. The celebration will include two full productions and readings of five Churchill plays. As the Kimmel Center unveils a new work of art, Susan Lewis explores Philadelphia's history of promoting public art, from classical sculptures to clothespins. In our regular exploration of the CultureFiles section of GoPhila.com, we visit Historic Fallsington.

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Creatively Speaking
9:56 am
Sat April 15, 2006

Lang Lang

We speak with Pianist Lang Lang about his latest recording, Memory, and his upcoming performance at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia. Jason Peifer visits the InterAct Theatre Company and talks to artistic director Seth Rozin, the writer of the company's latest production, Reinventing Eden. We look ahead to this weekend's Curtis Institute of Music staged performances of Benjamin Britten's Albert Herring at the Prince Music Theater, and speak with rising star Brenden Gunnell.

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Creatively Speaking
3:58 pm
Sat April 8, 2006

The Curtis Institute of Music

This week, we listen back to four recent features from the CultureFiles section at GoPhila.com. We'll discover a little of the history of the Curtis Institute of Music and take a walk through the James A. Michener Art Museum, while Susan Lewis visits the Rosenbach Museum & Library and explores the Fairmount Water Works.

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Creatively Speaking
10:06 am
Sat April 1, 2006

Andrew Wyeth

A major Andrew Wyeth retrospective opens this week at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. It's one of three current local Wyeth Exhibitions. We'll take a look at the painter who, despite being ignored by the art world for much of his seven decade career, has remained true to his own artistic vision. Albert Stumm looks into how artists and arts organizations are helping local economic revitalization. Jason Peifer previews A Skull in Connemara by Martin McDonagh at the Iron Age Theatre in Norristown, PA.

Creatively Speaking
9:23 am
Sat March 25, 2006

William Stone

This week, a conversation with baritone William Stone. The newly appointed Temple University professor will, this weekend, lead students in a Kimmel Center performance of a work for which he has won a Grammy award. The Philadelphia Museum of Art moves ahead with its largest expansion ever. Susan Lewis has an update on progress. Jason Peifer watches the national production of Wicked load-in at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia. There's been a marked increase in incidents of major art theft in the past years.

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Creatively Speaking
10:22 am
Sat March 18, 2006

The Philadelphia Orchestra

This week we've news of exciting developments in the Philadelphia Orchestra's summer season at the Mann Music Center. Jason Peifer visits the Media Theatre in Media, PA, as they stage Sigmund Romberg's 1924 masterpiece, The Student Prince. Susan Lewis looks at the history of fine art photography. And we discover how Orchestra 2001 had to travel to Bucharest to find the score and orchestra parts for U.S. debut of George Enescu's Chamber Symphony.

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Creatively Speaking
9:03 am
Sat March 11, 2006

Jennifer Frautschi

A conversation with Jennifer Frautschi. She's in town to perform the Schumann Violin Concerto with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia. Jason Peifer is at the Walnut Street Theater for Trying--the true story of a Philadelphia icon Francis Biddle. We look ahead to Antigony, a new work from the Rebecca Davis Dance Company, featuring a multi-national cast of dancers. Albert Stumm examines support systems for newly graduated fine artists. And in our regular look inside the CultureFiles section of GoPhila.com, Susan Lewis visits The Rosenbach Museum and Library.

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Creatively Speaking
11:44 am
Sat March 4, 2006

The Philadelphia Flower Show

This week we take a walk through this year's Philadelphia Flower Show with designer Sam Lemheney. Jason Peifer examines the role of the theater critic. He'll speak with the Philadelphia Inquirer's Toby Zinman, David Anthony Fox of Philadelphia City Paper, and the Philadelphia Weekly's J. Cooper Robb. Susan Lewis considers why we both love and fear The Bard as The Philadelphia Shakespeare Festival opens its new season.

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