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
6:17 am
Mon January 20, 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
12:49 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Celebrating a Musician's Musician on WRTI

Wolfgang Sawallisch (1923-2013)

WRTI will broadcast a special 2005 archival Philadelphia Orchestra concert, led by Maestro Wolfgang Sawallisch (who died last February, 2013) on Sunday, January 19th at 1 pm. The program includes Hindemith’s Concert Music for Strings and Brass, Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D Major, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1  in C Major.  As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, the Orchestra’s beloved former music director forged strong bonds with the musicians he led. 

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Creatively Speaking
2:50 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Musicians' Memories of Wolfgang Sawallisch on the Podium

WRTI will broadcast a special 2005 archival Philadelphia Orchestra concert, led by Maestro Wolfgang Sawallisch (who died last February, 2013) on Sunday, January 19th at 1 pm. The program includes Hindemith’s Concert Music for Strings and Brass, Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D Major, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1  in C Major. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, the group’s late music director is remembered as a master on the podium.

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Creatively Speaking
2:14 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Celebrating the Legacy of Sawallisch on Tour and at Home

Conductor Wolfgang Sawallisch led The Philadelphians from 1993 to 2003.

WRTI will broadcast a special 2005 archival Philadelphia Orchestra concert, led by Maestro Wolfgang Sawallisch (who died last February, 2013) on Sunday, January 19th at 1 pm. The program includes Hindemith’s Concert Music for Strings and Brass, Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D Major, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1  in C Major.

As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, the ensemble’s late music director shared his musical gifts with audiences at home and abroad, leading the orchestra on eight international tours.

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Creatively Speaking
11:28 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Backstage with Superstar Itzhak Perlman

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
7:29 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Violinist Christian Tetzlaff: Letting His Soul Speak

A violinist who has embraced a wide range of repertoire finds music making to be a profound form of human expression. WRTI’s Susan Lewis has more on this internationally renowned soloist.

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Creatively Speaking
7:54 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Violinist Hilary Hahn Putting Encores Front and Center

An encore may be played after a scheduled piece, but it’s not an afterthought. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, a new CD set showcases more than two dozen such works for violin and piano.

In 27 Pieces: The Hilary Hahn Encores, is out on the Deutche Grammophone label. 

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Creatively Speaking
10:10 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Handel's Messiah: A Christmas Tradition Born in the Spring

George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)

Handel’s Messiah, originally composed for performance during the springtime Christian observance of Lent, has become a  contemporary staple of Christmas celebrations in modern America. WRTI’s Susan Lewis has more on this 18th-century oratorio.

On Sunday, December 22, at 2 pm, WRTI will broadcast The Philadelphia Orchestra and The Philadelphia Singers Chorale with soloists in a LIVE performance of Handel's Messiah, direct from The Kimmel Center!

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Creatively Speaking
8:59 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Dolce Suono: Exploring Music from Russia

Polish composer Mieczyslaw Weinberg escaped from Nazi Germany to the Soviet Union.

The Philadelphia-based chamber ensemble Dolce Suono continues to explore historical connections while pushing its art form into the future. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, the group's founder, Mimi Stillman, believes that music is an integral part of life.

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Creatively Speaking
8:00 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Have You Heard...Grassical Music?

The DePue Brothers Band plays a blend of classical, bluegrass, jazz, pop, and American roots music.

The four DePue brothers (Wallace, Jason, Zack, and Alex) were raised on classical music, barbershop, and Bluegrass. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, today they’re juggling work at conventional ensembles - The Philadelphia Orchestra, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and the Philly Pops - with a family-based band specializing in a blend of classical and American grass roots music.

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