Susan Lewis

Arts & Culture Reporter

Susan is an arts and culture reporter for WRTI. She contributes Arts Desk features, and weekly intermission interviews for The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast series on WRTI with host Gregg Whiteside.

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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The Crossing, a chamber choir dedicated to new music,  has been called  'extraordinary'  by The New York Times, 'sublime' by the Chicago Reader,  'ardently angelic' by the Los Angeles Times  and 'something of a miracle' by The Philadelphia Inquirer.  Hear this 24 member ensemble sing out from the WRTI 90.1 Performance Studio on Friday, June 15th at 12:10! 

Saint-Saëns' fifth and last piano concerto reflects his long career as a musician, composer and avid traveler.   WRTI’s Susan Lewis has more on the concerto, nicknamed "The Egyptian."

Andrew Eccles

Jean-Yves Thibaudet has made a name for himself on the global classical music scene as a concert pianist with artistry and flare. He’ll be adding that panache to upcoming performances of Leonard Bernstein’s Symphony No. 2, "The Age of Anxiety," in Hamburg, Vienna, Tel Aviv, and Jerusalem when he travels with the Philadelphia Orchestra on its tour of Europe and Israel.


While a classical concerto most commonly features one soloist, Béla Bartók’s concerto for orchestra highlights many sections of the ensemble. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, it became one of Bartók’s most popular works.

Evgeniy Podkopaev

Chichester Psalms was not a typical piece for the Anglican Church or for the 1960s avant-garde music world. But the work for boy soprano, solo quartet, choir, and orchestra reflects the rich variety of influences that characterized Bernstein’s life and music. WRTI’s Susan Lewis has more.


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Intrigued by a Pulitzer-winning 1947 poem by W.H. Auden, 30-year-old Leonard Bernstein wrote his second symphony for piano and orchestra based on the story of four people who meet in a New York City bar and hash out the meaning of life. WRTI’s Susan Lewis has more on Bernstein's The Age of Anxiety


Vanessa Briceno-Scherzer

The critically acclaimed Dalí Quartet brings the excitement of its signature mix of Latin American and European classical and romantic music to the WRTI 90.1 Performance Studio on Wednesday, May 23 at 12:10 pm.  They'll perform LIVE and chat with WRTI’s Susan Lewis. 


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