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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Music Features
10:34 am
Thu June 10, 2010

Opera Company of Phila.'s ORPHEE ET EURYDICE--LATE RENOIR at PMA--Piano Sensation Haochen Zhang

Pianist Haochen Zhang

Jim Cotter speaks with Opera Company of Philadelphia Artistic Director Robert Driver about the company's 2010 season finale - a company premiere of Gluck's rarely performed Orphee et Eurydice.

Susan Lewis explores Late Renoir, a new exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art featuring works from the final decades of the artist's life.

David Patrick Stearns profiles 20-year-old pianist Haochen Zhang. A 2009 gold-medal winner of the prestigious Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, he opens the Mann Center season on June 15, 2010.

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News and Views
10:07 am
Mon June 7, 2010

Art In The Open: A New 'Plein Air' Festival on the Banks of The Schuylkill River

Creatively Speaking
4:24 pm
Sat June 5, 2010

Violinist Arabella Steinbacher--ART IN THE OPEN along the Schuylkill--James Hilty's TEMPLE UNIV. 125

Violinist Arabella Steinbacher

Jim Cotter speaks with violinist Arabella Steinbacher. Having previously performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra at Saratoga and on its recent tour of Asia, she makes her Kimmel Center debut on June 4, 2010.

Susan Lewis considers Art in the Open Philadelphia, a new outdoor art festival set to open on the banks of the Schuylkill River in Center City, Philadelphia.

And we speak with James W. Hilty, author of Temple University, 125 Years of Service to Philadelphia, the Nation, and the World.

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Creatively Speaking
9:02 am
Sat May 29, 2010

PA Horticultural Soc.'s Jane Pepper--Pianist Di Wu--The Lenape Nation of PA--Philadelphia on Stone

Pianist Di Wu

Jim Cotter speaks with Jane Pepper who retires in May, 2010 after almost 30 years as President of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.

David Patrick Stearns profiles Di Wu. The Curtis-trained pianist is one of classical music's most talked-about rising stars.

Susan Lewis considers the Penn Museum exhibition Fulfilling a Prophecy: The Past and Present of the Lenape in PA.

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Creatively Speaking
1:03 pm
Sat May 22, 2010

Composer Maurice Wright--Lyric Fest's UNPLUG!--FREIND OR FAUX at the Rosenbach Museum and Library

The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns profiles Philadelphia-based composer Maurice Wright.

We drop in on rehearsals for Unplug!, a theatrical, interactive live sound and song journey through Philadelphia by Lyric Fest.

Susan Lewis visits Friend or Faux, an exhibition at the Rosenbach Museum and Library in Philadelphia exploring the value of copies and forgeries.

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Creatively Speaking
4:22 pm
Sat May 15, 2010

German Soc. of PA Concert Featuring Amer. Virtuosi--Bach's Brandenburg Concertos--Arts and Aging

The American Virtuosi

We pay a visit to the German Society of Pennsylvania. The American Virtuosi plays music by Bach, Chopin, and Tchaikovsky in the final concert in the society's concert season.

Susan Lewis considers Bach's Brandenburg Concertos, as Tempesta di Mare, the Philadelphia-based baroque orchestra, gets set to wrap up its season-long cycle of the works.

And as part of National Older Americans Month, we explore arts and aging.

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Creatively Speaking
12:51 pm
Sat May 8, 2010

Organist Paul Jacobs--Phila. Orchestra: Reports from China--Young Classical Music Idol Competition

Jim Cotter speaks with organist Paul Jacobs who performs at the Kimmel Center on May 8, 2010.

We listen to a compilation of Notes From The Road reports filed by Susan Lewis on the China leg of the Philadelphia Orchestra's Asia tour.

The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns travels to rural China to witness performances by Philadelphia Orchestra musicians for survivors of the 2008 Sichuan earthquake.

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Creatively Speaking
10:46 am
Sat May 1, 2010

Phila Orch in Korea--Leah Stein Dance MILL TONES--ANCIENT ROME & AMERICA--Leah Partridge LA TRAVIATA

David Patrick Stearns reports from Korea on the first week of the Philadelphia Orchestra's 2010 Asia tour.

On May 1st and 2nd, 2010, the Leah Stein Dance Company performs Mill Tones, a site-specific work at Historic Rittenhouse Town, the National Historic Landmark in Philadelphia's Fairmount Park. Jim Cotter speaks with Leah Stein.

Susan Lewis explores an exhibition at the National Constitution Center that highlights the influence of Ancient Rome on American culture.

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Creatively Speaking
9:29 am
Sat April 24, 2010

Pianist Yuja Wang--Historical Soc. of PA-WICKED PHILADELPHIA--Renovated Baptist Temple at Temple

The newly renovated Baptist Temple first opened on March 1, 1891.

David Patrick Stearns looks ahead to the Kimmel Center recital debut of Curtis-trained pianist Yuja Wang on April 29, 2010.

Susan Lewis considers the evolution of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. Founded in 1824, the Society is now celebrating the centennial of its Philadelphia landmark building.

As part of a companion series to his latest book Wicked Philadelphia, Tom Keels uncovers a notorious 19th century grave-robbing scandal.

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Creatively Speaking
12:05 pm
Sat April 17, 2010

2010 Pulitzer Prize Winner Jennifer Higdon--Phila. Orch.'s Asia Tour--Phila. Int'l Arts Festival '11

Photo by Candace DiCarlo

Jim Cotter speaks with composer Jennifer Higdon, the winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize in music.

Susan Lewis looks ahead to the Philadelphia Orchestra's spring 2010 tour of Asia.

And we speak with organizers of the first Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts, which takes place in April, 2011.

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