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
10:53 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Exploring Debussy and Ravel: Two Great French Masters

Composer Claude Debussy (1862-1918)

Two French composers, who wrote and circulated in the same artistic circles, are still being explored and considered together today. Now, in advance of this week’s concert broadcast of The Philadelphia Orchestra on WRTI, Susan Lewis looks at two masterworks that conjure imagery – one on the land, and one on the sea.

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Creatively Speaking
6:57 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Women of Note and Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra

Jeri Lynne Johnson is music director of Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra.

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. As WRTI's Susan Lewis reports, an upcoming concert highlights works by three women.

On Thursday evening, December 12, 2013, at Ardmore Presbyterian Church in Ardmore, PA, Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra, led by Jeri Lynn Johnson performs works by Tania Leon, Suzanne Sorkin, and Melinda Wagner, with flutist Julietta Curenton as soloist. Details here.

Listen to Susan's interview with Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra Music Director Jeri Lynn Johnson

Creatively Speaking
7:37 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Ludwig van Beethoven: Ceremonial and Humorous

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

Ludwig van Beethoven, born in  1770, continues to be explored and rediscovered.  As Susan Lewis reports, on WRTI’s concert broadcast on Sunday, December 1st, 2013, The Philadelphia Orchestra will play a rarely heard overture from 1811, and Beethoven’s 8th symphony, composed the following year. Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos conducts.

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Creatively Speaking
8:57 pm
Sun November 24, 2013

Music FINALLY Heard: Jimmy Amadie's Jazz Concert at the PMA

Jazz pianist Jimmy Amadie

After injuring his hands, Philadelphia jazz pianist Jimmy Amadie stopped playing for decades. But a CD released this year documents his return to the concert stage, playing live at Art After 5 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Check out the CD here!

Listen to Susan's interview with jazz pianist and teacher Jimmy Amadie.

Creatively Speaking
10:56 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Yefim Bronfman Explores The Genius of Beethoven's Fourth Piano Concerto

Pianist Yefim Bronfman

Pianist Yefim Bronfman speaks with Susan Lewis about the genius of Beethoven.

A celebrated pianist continues to explore the genius of Beethoven’s piano concertos. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, the fourth concerto remains one of the most intriguing masterpieces in the piano repertoire.

Listen to Susan's interview with Yefim Bronfman.

Listen to Susan's interview with Yefim Bronfman this Sunday afternoon, November 24 when WRTI’s Philadelphia Orchestra concert broadcast features Bronfman playing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4.  Also on the program is Shostakovich’s 11th symphony. Semyon Byshkov conducts. 

Creatively Speaking
10:34 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Shostakovich and Beethoven and the Power of Music

Conductor Semyon Bychkov leads the Philadelphians in this Sunday's WRTI concert broadcast - November 24th at 1 pm.

Beethoven and Shostakovich grew up in different countries in different centuries. But, as WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, a renowned Russian conductor, leading The Philadelphia Orchestra on this week’s concert broadcast, finds a great affinity between the two musical giants.

Sunday afternoon, November 24, 2013, on WRTI, Semyon Byshkov leads The Philadelphia Orchestra in a performance of Shostakovich’s 11th Symphony and Beethoven’s fourth piano concerto, with Yefim Bronfman as soloist. Susan will interview Maestro Semyon Byshkov at Intermission about Shostakovich's 11th Symphony.

Listen to Susan interview conductor Semyon Byshkov about the connection between Beethoven and Shostakovich.

Where Music Lives
11:34 am
Wed November 13, 2013

Music Lives in Contemporary Ballet on South Broad Street

BalletX's Allison Walsh

There's music on South Broad Street  - and not just in concert halls. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, the Wilma Theater is home to BalletX, a company that continues to use music and dance to push the boundaries of classical forms.   

Listen to Susan's interview with Christine Cox, co-artistic and executive director of BalletX.

BalletX's fall series at the Wilma Theater in Philadelphia runs from November 20th to November 24th, and features three world premieres by Adam Barruch, Gabrielle Lamb, and Matthew Neenan. Details here.

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Creatively Speaking
10:12 am
Mon November 11, 2013

The Strauss Oboe Concerto and Its Philadelphia Connection

Oboist Richard Woodhams

This Sunday’s broadcast of The Philadelphia Orchestra, on November 17th at 1 pm, features a celebrated oboe concerto by Richard Strauss. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, the 1945 work has a Philadelphia connection.

The concert features Mahler's 4th Symphony, Britten's Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Purcell, and the Strauss Oboe Concerto with soloist Richard Woodhams.

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Creatively Speaking
8:36 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Revisiting Beethoven's Symphonies with Yannick Nezet-Seguin

Yannick Nezet-Seguin
Marco Borggreve

The Philadelphia Orchestra is performing a two-year cycle of Beethoven’s symphonies. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, although known to generations of music lovers, these great works continue to provide insights into Western musical heritage.

Listen to more of Susan’s interview with Philadelphia Orchestra Music Director Yannick Nezet-Seguin during Intermission on Sunday, November 10th, when WRTI broadcasts the Orchestra's first subscription concert of the season at 1 pm, featuring Beethoven's Symphony No. 9. Gregg Whiteside is host and producer.

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Where Music Lives
8:13 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Classical Music Up Close in West Philadelphia

Cellist Gabriel Cabezas performs with LiveConnections' ClassicAlive series on February 2, 2014

Music lives in West Philadelphia, where diverse audiences experience classical music and more in an  intimate setting. WRTI’s Susan Lewis investigates LiveConnections, which conducts programs at World Café Live. 

Let us know Where Music Lives in your community! Add your ideas in the comments section here and check out our other Where Music Lives posts.

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