Susan Lewis

Arts & Culture Reporter

Susan is an arts and culture reporter for WRTI. She contributes weekly features to Creatively Speaking with Jim Cotter, produces arts news, and works as a news anchor.

She is also a freelance essayist, journalist, and speechwriter who has written about Philadelphia for Insight Guides and Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation's Culture Files.  A former columnist for Philadelphia Magazine, she is the author of Reinventing Ourselves after Motherhood and a book of essays. Her work has appeared in The Philadelphia Inquirer, Child Magazine, Parents Magazine, Reader's Digest and Ladies' Home Journal (Parents Digest).

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Susan is also a lawyer, with a B.A. in Philosophy from Trinity College, Connecticut, and a J.D. from New York University School of Law.  She has practiced law in New York City and taught entertainment law at Rutgers Law School in Camden.

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Creatively Speaking
3:29 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

This Is Not Your Parents' Opera

The Philadelphia Opera Collective presents By You that Made Me Frankenstein at The Franklin Inn Club from September 12th through the 21st.

A group of young musical and theater artists are making the case that a great opera experience doesn’t depend on staging in a grand hall, with elaborate sets and costumes. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports,  Philadelphia Opera Collaborative is reaching out to new audiences presenting operas in small spaces, exclusively in English, showcasing how powerful, intimate, and accessible the art form can be.

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Creatively Speaking
11:55 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Shining a Light on Italian Composer, Pianist, and Conductor Alfredo Casella

Italian composer, pianist, and conductor Alfredo Casella (1883 - 1947)

Early 20th-century Italian composer, pianist, and conductor Alfredo Casella promoted music of his compatriots. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, the 21st-century conductor Giandrea Noseda is shining a light on Casella’s lesser-known work.

Listen to a performance of Alfredo Casella's Barcarola e Scherzo for Flute and Piano, Op. 4 (1903):

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Creatively Speaking
11:08 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Poulenc's Aubade: A Still-Unique Choreographic Concerto

French composer Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)

In 1929, an unusual work by a versatile 20th-century French composer premiered at the home of his wealthy patrons. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, this piece, still unique in the classical repertoire, is part piano concerto and part ballet, in a chamber music setting.

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Creatively Speaking
11:59 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Meet The Philadelphia Orchestra's New Assistant Conductor

Conductor Lio Kuokman, a native of Macau, becomes The Philadlelphia Orchestra's assistant conductor in September, 2014.

As The Philadelphia Orchestra opens its new season in September 2014, the ensemble will have a new assistant conductor on board. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, the Hong Kong-trained musician has garnered international acclaim this summer.

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Creatively Speaking
6:00 am
Mon August 25, 2014

The Obsessive Love That Fueled Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique

Hector Berlioz (1803-1869)

A symphonic self portrait that premiered in 1830 has become one of the most-performed works in the orchestral repertoire. WRTI’s Susan Lewis discusses this epitome of romantic program music with conductor Michael Tilson Thomas.

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Creatively Speaking
2:02 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

The Art of Creating 18th-Century Sounds on Modern Instruments

David Bilger is principal trumpet for The Philadelphia Orchestra.

On Sunday August 24, 2014, WRTI broadcasts a Philadelphia Orchestra concert featuring a Haydn symphony that was first played in 1794. WRTI’s Susan Lewis talked with the orchestra’s principal trumpet about using modern instruments to produce a more 18th-century sound. The program also includes Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and Purcell’s Suite No. 1 from The Fairy-Queen.

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Creatively Speaking
12:51 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

The Transformation of the Philadelphia Museum of Art: Frank Gehry's Master Plan

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is now showcasing plans to update and renovate its main building. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, the design is by celebrated architect Frank Gehry, for whom the project was both atypical and pre-ordained.

The exhibition Making a Classic Modern: Frank Gehry’s Master Plan for the Philadelphia Museum of Art, which includes drawings and architectural models, runs through September 1, 2014.

    

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Creatively Speaking
5:44 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Musa: A Name You'll Remember...

South African bass-baritone Musa Ngqungwana

The Philadelphia region is rich with music schools training the next generation of artists. South-African bass-baritone Musa Ngqungwana, a recent graduate of the Academy of Vocal Arts and a 2013 winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, stands out and already has a busy international performance schedule in the upcoming season.

WRTI’s Susan Lewis speaks with Musa about his career thus far, and the road ahead.

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Creatively Speaking
5:41 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Backstage with Itzhak Perlman: Talking About Teaching

Violinist Itzhak Perlman

One of classical music’s superstars plays all over the world, appears on large and small screens, makes multiple recordings, and also conducts. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, Itzhak Perlman is passionate about passing on music in the classroom as well. 

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Creatively Speaking
12:14 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Remembering the Great Louis Armstrong with Terry Teachout

Louis Armstrong (1901-1971)

August 4th marks the anniversary of the birth of the great trumpet virtuoso, singer, and bandleader Louis Armstrong who died in 1971 at age 69, one month shy of his 70th birthday. WRTI’s Susan Lewis looks at the life and legacy of the musician who propelled jazz onto a mainstream stage. She speaks with Terry Teachout, Wall Street Journal drama critic, playwright, and author of Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong.

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