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.

Pages

Creatively Speaking
7:00 am
Mon February 17, 2014

Philadelphia Orchestra Principal Clarinetist Making His Own Sound

Clarinetist Ricardo Morales

Musicians are, understandably, very particular about the instruments they play. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, a principal player in the Philadelphia Orchestra was so interested in refining his instrument, he wound up creating a whole line of clarinets.

Read more
Creatively Speaking
11:42 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Bach@7: Musical Gems By The Baroque Master Performed Near Rittenhouse Square

Bach@7 concerts coming up: February 19, March 19, and April 9 at St. Mark's Episcopal Church near Rittenhouse Square.

J.S. Bach’s masterpieces, well-known to many listeners, include his Mass in B minor, the Goldberg Variations, and The Well-Tempered Clavier. However, as WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, the Baroque composer also wrote hundreds of lesser-known, short, vocal works with instrumental accompaniment, which are now the focus of a Philadelphia Bach Cantata series, called "Bach@ 7." The series features informal, one-hour long, pay-as-you-wish live concerts played on period instruments - modeled after similar series in Europe and New York.

The next "Bach@7" concert: Wednesday, March 19th at St. Mark's Episcopal Church at 1625 Locust Street near Rittenhouse Square.

WRTI's Susan Lewis talks with Matt Glandorf, artistic director of Choral Arts and The Bach Festival of Philadelphia, about the origin and goals of the Bach@7 series.

Read more
Creatively Speaking
12:50 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Beyond Tutus: Philadelphia's BalletX

BalletX continues its seventh season this week with its Winter Series, featuring two world premieres.  As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, the company, founded by former Pennsylvania Ballet dancers, continues to expand its musical settings and push the boundaries of classical forms.

Read more
Creatively Speaking
7:22 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Duke Ellington: The Influential, Elegant Genius

Duke Ellington (1899-1974)

Duke Ellington wrote and performed hundreds of musical works, and changed the way people thought about jazz.  And, as WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, his contributions went beyond the music.

Terry Teachout's Duke: A Life of Duke Ellington is published by Gotham Books.

Read more
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.

Read more
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. 

Read more
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.

Read more
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.

Read more
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. 

Read more
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.

Susan's interview with violinist Christian Tetzlaff:

Read more

Pages