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
2:10 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Mstislav Rostropovich's Modern Torchbearer: Cellist Johannes Moser

Russian cellist Mstislav Rostropovich (1927-2007)

This week marks the birth of the celebrated 20th-century Russian cellist and conductor Mstislav Rostropovich. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, one of his recordings with Eugene Ormandy and The Philadelphia Orchestra motivated one of today’s leading concert soloists, Johannes Moser, to pursue his career. 

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Creatively Speaking
11:50 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Performing The Majestic Music of J.S. Bach: A Modern Yet Historical Approach

Conductor Vladimir Jurowski leads The Philadelphians in works by J.S. Bach, Mahler, and R. Strauss on WRTI, March 30 at 1 pm.

J.S. Bach’s 329th birthday is Monday, March 31st. In recent years, the iconic composer’s music has been embraced by period performers, and played less frequently by big symphony orchestras. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, The Philadelphia Orchestra takes a very modern - yet historical - approach to his music in WRTI's Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast on Sunday, March 30th at 1 pm.

The broadcast also features Bach’s Piano Concerto No. 1, and music of Strauss and Mahler.

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Creatively Speaking
9:00 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Tan Dun: Building on Bela Bartok's Legacy

Chinese contemporary classical composer and conductor, Tan Dun

Hungarian pianist and composer Bela Bartok was born on March 25th in the year 1881. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, he is revered by a prominent contemporary composer who is building on Bartok’s legacy.

Tan Dun's Nu Shu: The Secret Songs of Women was premiered in the U.S. by The Philadelphia Orchestra this season, and broadcast on WRTI in December, 2013.

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Creatively Speaking
6:01 am
Mon March 17, 2014

The Genius of Coltrane: Player and Composer

John Coltrane (1926-1967)

Born in North Carolina in 1926, saxophone player and composer John Coltrane spent over a decade in Philadelphia and then moved to New York. WRTI's Susan Lewis considers the impact of Coltrane, who expanded the boundaries of jazz with a wide range of styles. 

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Creatively Speaking
6:18 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Pictures at an Exhibition: The Evolution of a Masterpiece

Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky (1839-1881)

A work originally written for piano has become a staple of the orchestral repertoire. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, the most well-known version combines the mastery of two composers from different generations - one Russian, and one French.

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Creatively Speaking
11:41 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra: Highlighting Diversity in Classical Music

Black Pearl at the Barnes

Now in its sixth season, Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra continues to perform classical music in a way that reflects ethnic and gender diversity among musicians. WRTI's Susan Lewis has more. 

On Friday, March 7, 2014, Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra is performing at the Barnes Foundation. The program includes Copland's Appalachian Spring and Piazzolla's Four Seasons of Buenos Aires featuring Luigi Mazzocchi as violin soloist.

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Creatively Speaking
10:05 pm
Sun March 2, 2014

Tchaikovsky's Rococo Variations: A Challenge, Even for a Seasoned Cellist

Philadelphia Orchestra Principal Cello, Hai-Ye Ni

Born in Shanghai, the Philadelphia Orchestra's principal cellist has performed in recitals, and with orchestras, all over the world. As WRTI's Susan Lewis reports, Hai-Ye Ni is the featured soloist on WRTI's concert broadcast of the Philadelphia Orchestra on Sunday March 9th. She'll perform Tchaikovsky's Variations on a Rococo Theme. Written for Tchaikovsky's friend, German Cellist Wilhelm Fitzenhagen, the work - a theme with seven different variations - is a challenge for the soloist, who plays almost constantly. 

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Creatively Speaking
1:46 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Yannick's Big 4-0 Celebrated In A Unique Way, And Other Surprises in 2014/2015

Yannick Nezet-Seguin

The Philadelphia Orchestra has announced that next season will include more new works as well as lesser- performed gems from music history. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, the orchestra’s music director is building on the success of - and audience response to -  his first two seasons.

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Creatively Speaking
8:48 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Stephen Hough on Tchaikovsky: Finding New Inspiration from an Old Master

Pianist Stephen Hough

Concert pianist Stephen Hough also composes, writes articles for an online publication, and likes to paint.  As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, the internationally renowned soloist continues to find fresh inspiration in the great masterworks.

Stephen Hough is soloist on WRTI's Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast - Sunday March 2, at 1 pm.  Tune in to hear Hough play Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Philadelphians.

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Creatively Speaking
8:46 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Yuja Wang: A Thoroughly Modern Classical Performer

The in-demand Chinese piano virtuoso Yuja Wang performs all over the world. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, the young classical star, who is a Curtis graduate, embraces music and the world beyond the concert stage in her signature style.

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