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!
11:26 am
Sat April 10, 2010

Making Scents at Longwood Gardens--Composer Paul Lansky's New Work--Lego Animals at Phila. Zoo

Susan Lewis tries to make sense of scents with a visit to a new exhibition about perfume at Longwood Gardens.

David Patrick Stearns listens to the influential modern composer Paul Lansky's new work Comix Trip - commissioned by Relache Ensemble.

Jim Cotter speaks with sculptor Sean Kenney. A collection of animals he's created from LEGO bricks has just been unveiled at Philadelphia Zoo.

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Creatively Speaking
9:04 am
Thu April 1, 2010

Charles Dutoit--Shofuso--Picasso & the Avant-Garde--Pianists at the Reading Terminal Market

Jim Cotter speaks with The Philadelphia Orchestra's Chief Conductor Charles Dutoit.

Ahead of the start of Philadelphia's annual Cherry Blossom Festival, Tom Keels takes us to Shofuso, the Japanese House and Garden in Fairmount Park.

Susan Lewis explores the Philadelphia Museum of Art exhibition, Picasso and the Avant-Garde in Paris.

David Patrick Stearns profiles the very talented pianists who perform daily at Philadelphia's Reading Terminal Market.

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Creatively Speaking
2:05 pm
Sat March 27, 2010

AVA Music Dir. Christofer Macatsoris--Jazz Composer Bill Cunliffe--Philagrafika--Artist Duke Riley

Academy of Vocal Arts Music Director Christofer Macatsoris

David Patrick Stearns profiles conductor Christofer Macatsoris, the music director of the Academy of Vocal Arts. AVA is celebrating its 75th anniversary.

Jim Cotter speaks with Grammy Award-winning composer Bill Cunliffe. The Temple University Symphony Orchestra performs his fourth stream...La Banda at Lincoln Center on April 9, 2010.

Susan Lewis looks at Philagrafika 2010, a festival in multiple locations around Philadelphia celebrating the role of print in contemporary art.

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News and Views
11:15 am
Mon March 22, 2010

Picasso and the Avant Garde in Paris: PMA Puts Modern Master in Context

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Creatively Speaking
11:33 am
Sat March 20, 2010

Vladimir Jurowski--Kathleen Turner in RED HOT PATRIOT--The Most Loyal Classical Music Audience

Maestro Vladimir Jurowski

Jim Cotter speaks with Maestro Vladimir Jurowski. He conducts the Philadelphia Orchestra in concerts at the Kimmel Center during the week of March 22, 2010.

Susan Lewis looks at the Philadelphia Theater Company's new one-woman show about the late political columnist, Molly Ivins. Red Hot Patriot stars Kathleen Turner, and opens on March 19th at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre.

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Creatively Speaking
11:52 am
Sat March 13, 2010

Chopin and Ballet--Curtis Opera Theatre's Antony and Cleopatra--Philadelphia on Stone

Susan Lewis considers why Chopin's music appeals to ballet choreographers, as Pennsylvania Ballet stages a trio of works on March 13 and 14, 2010 to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the 19th-century composer's birth.

As part of celebrations of Samuel Barber's centenary, David Patrick Stearns looks ahead to performances of Antony and Cleopatra by the Curtis Opera Theatre.

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News and Views
9:07 pm
Sun March 7, 2010

National Constitution Center Exhibition Explores Influence of Ancient Rome on America

Creatively Speaking
3:08 pm
Fri March 5, 2010

Simone Dinnerstein--Phila Singers, Relache & Orchestra 2001--DE Art Museum--Composer Bill Cunliffe

Jim Cotter speaks with Simone Dinnerstein. The internationally acclaimed pianist performs with the Chiara Quartet on March 7th at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns previews a performance by Philadelphia Singers and the new music ensembles Relache and Orchestra 2001 featuring premieres by Philip Glass, Steven Reich, and Joseph Castado.

Susan Lewis profiles the Delaware Art Museum, which continues a tradition of telling stories through art.

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Creatively Speaking
3:18 pm
Fri February 26, 2010

Picasso and the Avant-Garde--Avenging Angel of the Organ World Cameron Carpenter--Wicked Phila.

Three Musicians, 1921, Pablo Ruiz y Picasso, Spanish, Oil on canvas, 80 1/2 x 74 1/8 inches (204.5 x 188.3 cm), A. E. Gallatin Collection, 1952

Susan Lewis explores the Philadelphia Museum of Art's new exhibition, Picasso and the Avant-Garde in Paris.

Cameron Carpenter fancies himself as the avenging angel of the organ world. He dresses in white - with rhinestones. He plays with a phenomenal technique. And he wants to change everything. David Patrick Stearns looks ahead to his upcoming concert at the Kimmel Center.

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Creatively Speaking
1:07 pm
Sat February 20, 2010

Jazz Legend Jimmy Heath--A Visit to Rome at the National Constitution Center--Maestro Valery Gergiev

Jim Cotter speaks with Jazz legend Jimmy Heath. His autobiography I Walked with Giants has just been published by Temple University Press.

Susan Lewis takes us to Rome. The latest exhibition at the National Constitution Center examines how the classical influence helped shape America.

David Patrick Sterns profiles Maestro Valery Gergiev who conducts the Mariinsky Orchestra at the Kimmel Center.

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