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
1:54 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

A Nomadic Conductor Leads Philadelphia Orchestra In China

The Philadelphia Orchestra’s current China trip is both a celebration of the 40th anniversary of its first tour to that country, and a new kind of overseas engagement. As WRTI's Jim Cotter reports, the 2013 tour and residency is being led by a conductor with a reputation for innovation both on and off the podium.

Hear more from Jim Cotter's interview with conductor Donald Runnicles.


 

Creatively Speaking
8:11 am
Mon May 27, 2013

Great and Mighty Things: Outsider Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Runaway Goat Cart, c. 1939–42. Bill Traylor, American, c. 1853–1949. Opaque watercolor and graphite on cream card, (Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz Collection)

 

The term "outsider art" came into use in the early 1970s from a French description for unrefined art. As WRTI’s Jim Cotter reports, the preferred term today is “self-taught,” and a single collection of such work is the focus of a major exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art that runs through June 9th.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art's Curator of Drawings Ann Percy, curator of Great and Mighty Things: Outsider Art from the Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz Collection, speaks with Jim Cotter.

Creatively Speaking
1:40 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Conductor Donald Runnicles: No Prodigal Son

The renowned British conductor Donald Runnicles is the conductor for this Sunday’s Philadelphia Orchestra concert broadcast on WRTI. Scottish-born and raised, Runnicles left his native land very early in his career. And as WRTI’s Jim Cotter reports, he has happily “settled” wherever the muse has taken him.

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Creatively Speaking
10:25 pm
Sun May 12, 2013

The Future's Finest Fine Artists

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

This week, America’s oldest art school and museum will - for the 112th time - display the finest work by its newest graduates. As WRTI’s Jim Cotter reports, the show is also where "in-the-know" collectors and dealers come to discover the stars of tomorrow.

The 112th Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Annual Student Exhibition runs through June 2nd.

Creatively Speaking
9:22 pm
Sun May 12, 2013

Nicholas McGegan: A Time-Traveling Conductor

Nicholas McGegan

The renowned British conductor and early-music expert Nicholas McGegan is the conductor on Sunday’s Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert broadcast on WRTI.

McGegan, an accomplished harpsichordist and flutist, specializes in Baroque, and early Romantic repertoire. But as WRTI’s Jim Cotter reports, this doesn’t stop him from being a strong advocate for new music.

Listen to Jim Cotter’s full interview with Nicholas McGegan.

Creatively Speaking
6:01 am
Mon May 6, 2013

Cellist David Finckel's Emerson Quartet Swan Song

Cellist David Finckel has been a member of the Emerson String Quartet for over 30 years. In that time, the ensemble has garnered a reputation as one of the world’s finest chamber ensembles. Now Finckel is leaving the group. But as WRTI’s Jim Cotter reports, it - and he - will endure.

Listen to Jim Cotter's full interview with Cellist David Finckel.

Creatively Speaking
6:00 am
Mon May 6, 2013

The Barnes Foundation Celebrates 1st And 90th Birthdays

Main gallery at the new Barnes Foundation location in Philadelphia.

This month, The Barnes Foundation is celebrating the first anniversary of its new home in Philadelphia.  As WRTI’s Jim Cotter reports, the Barnes is also part of worldwide celebrations of a landmark birthday for one of America’s greatest living artists.

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Where Music Lives
6:02 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Jazz: Uniting Nations At The Woodmere Art Museum

Violet Oakley, 1874-1961, Dr. Herbert Vere Evatt (1894-1965), Delegate from Australia, from the United Nations Series, 1946, White conté on black paper
Woodmere Art Museum

Music Lives at the Woodmere Art Museum in Chestnut Hill, where, as WRTI's Jim Cotter reports, the role of jazz in the history of the United Nations is being celebrated - close to where the UN’s Headquarters might have been.

Take a look at the Promise Of Peace: Violet Oakley's United Nations Portraits at the Woodmere Art Museum.

Jim Cotter’s full interview with jazz bass player Warren Oree.

A United Nations Jazz Jam: Musicians from Around the World, April 26th, 6 to 8 pm at the Woodmere Art Museum. Performers include Yoomi Kwan (Korea, on cello); Rosie Langabeer (New Zealand), on accordion and piano); Atiba (Trinidad, on steel drums); Gloria Galante (Italy, on harp); Qin-Qian (China, on Erhu); Koki Soul (French Canadian, guitar/percussion/vocals); Phyllis Hadad (Brazil, on piano) and Moguane Mahloeoe (South Africa, on percussion).

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Creatively Speaking
6:01 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Beating The Drum For Solo Percussionists

Percussionist Colin Currie

One of the most recent instrumentalists to be added to the roster of soloists in orchestral performances is the percussionist. As WRTI’s Jim Cotter reports, it’s a role that makes unique demands.

In a program that also features works by Wagner and Tchaikovsky, Colin Currie performs Christopher Rouses' Der gerettete Alberich with The Philadelphia Orchestra here on WRTI on Sunday, April 21 at 2 pm.

Creatively Speaking
6:00 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Lyric Fest: Singing In Tongues

Lyric Fest’s co-founders Suzanne DuPlantis, Randi Marrazzo, and Laura Ward

Though better known today as a commercial brand, the Rosetta Stone is the artifact that most helped human kind in its understanding of ancient languages. As WRTI's Jim Cotter reports, a local music group is using the term to describe its exploration of great music written in non-native languages. Lyric Fest presents: The Rosetta Stone at the Academy of Vocal Arts on Sunday, May 5th at 3 pm.

Jim’s Cotter's full interview with Lyric Fest’s co-founders Suzanne DuPlantis, Randi Marrazzo and Laura Ward.

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