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
11:29 am
Mon October 28, 2013

Have You Seen These Sculptures? Unexpected Public Art in Philadelphia Honoring Composers

Bust of Franz Schubert by Henry Baerer, 1891 in West Fairmount Park, east of Horticultural Hall. Bronze sculpture with limestone base and granite with bronze plaque.

Among the hundreds of outdoor sculptures that dot Philadelphia’s urban landscape are three classical music masters. But, as WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, they’re not where you might expect to find them.

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Where Music Lives
7:54 am
Mon October 28, 2013

On Delaware's Christina Waterfront: A Spectacle of Sight & Sound!

OperaDelaware's philosophy: "Opera for Everyone!"

Opera lives on the Christina Riverfront in Wilmington, Delaware. There, as WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, audiences experience the power of operatic voices in an intimate setting - uniquely presented by OperaDelaware.

Listen to Susan’s interview with Opera Delaware General Director Brendan Cooke

OperaDelaware's next performance, Inside the Opera Studio: Opera Undressed, hosted by OperaDelaware Music Director Jeffrey Miller, guides audiences through an evening of hits, and out of the way gems, in an up-close and personal performance. November 8th at 7:30 pm, and November 10th at 2 pm.

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Creatively Speaking
12:59 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Hummel's Trumpet Concerto: From Obscurity to a Staple of the Repertoire

Philadelphia Orchestra Principal Trumpet David Bilger

While there are many concertos for string instruments, fewer works exist for woodwinds, brass or percussion. Yet, as Susan Lewis reports, a previously under-performed work for trumpet from the early 19th century became part of the standard repertoire in the second half of the 20th.

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Creatively Speaking
10:19 am
Sun October 20, 2013

Duke Ellington: A New Biography of the Jazz Master

DUKE, A Life of Duke Ellington, by Terry Teachout, is receiving a lot of attention.

Duke Ellington played piano, but it was his intertwined roles as bandleader and composer that propelled him to greatness. He wrote over 1,700 songs, as well as longer orchestral suites and film scores.  As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, a new book explores the man behind the music.

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Creatively Speaking
1:22 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Pennsylvania Ballet Is Glistening With Jewels

George Ballanchine's JEWELS is at the Academy of Music through October 27th.

Pennsylvania Ballet is celebrating its 50th anniversary year. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, the season starts with a full-length evening ballet by master choreographer George Ballanchine, with whom the company has had a long-standing personal and artistic connection. Ballanchine's Jewels is inspired by the artistry of jewelry designer Claude Arpels, and unfolds in three distinct sections – Emeralds, Rubies, and Diamonds – each with its own music and mood. The season also includes works by Jerome Robbins and William Forsythe, and two world premieres.

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Where Music Lives
10:16 am
Wed October 16, 2013

Classical Music Lives In Wilmington, DE

Wilmington's Grand Opera House in one of the venues where you can hear the Delaware Symphony.

Music lives in Wilmington, where the Delaware Symphony Orchestra makes its home. As WRTI's Susan Lewis reports, the ensemble is now presenting symphonic works and chamber music in various venues in and around the city.

On Friday, October 25th and Sunday October 27th, the Delaware Symphony Orchestra is performing a program featuring the music of Rossini, Mozart, and Brahms at Archmere Academy in Claymont, Delaware.

 

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Creatively Speaking
11:55 am
Tue October 8, 2013

All About The Pines of Rome

Ottorino Resphigi (1879-1936)

Born in 1879, violinist, violist, conductor and composer Ottorino Respighi moved to Rome in 1913. He became internationally recognized for his trilogy of symphonic poems celebrating the fountains, pines, and festivals of the city. WRTI’s Susan Lewis considers The Pines of Rome.

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Creatively Speaking
9:42 pm
Sun October 6, 2013

Going Strong: Philadelphia Chamber Music Society

Emerson String Quartet

The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society (PCMS) has been feeding the growing musical appetites of music lovers for decades with increasing numbers of concerts. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, PCMS grew out of the celebrated Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont, where gifted classical musicians have been playing chamber music since 1951.

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Creatively Speaking
7:19 pm
Sat October 5, 2013

Oboist as Musician AND Master Craftsman!

Oboist Richard Woodhams

A top-tier oboist is not only musically gifted, but also a skilled craftsman. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, the sound of the instrument relies on a sliver of wood, usually made by the player himself.

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Creatively Speaking
5:22 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Coltrane: The Philadelphia Years

John Coltrane lived in a rowhome at 1511 North 33rd Street in the Strawberry Mansion section of North Philadelphia from 1952 to 1958.

While jazz giant John Coltrane was born and raised in North Carolina, and died in New York, he spent 15 years in Philadelphia. WRTI’s Susan Lewis looks at the role the city played in the career of this master sax player and composer, who would have turned 87 this month. 

Listen to Susan's interview with music journalist Tom Moon and historian Rob Armstrong, co-directors of the documentary film Coltrane's Philadelphia.

The film is part the Coltrane Planning Project of The Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia.

Coltrane’s house was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1999.  Efforts to preserve the house are ongoing.

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