Susan Lewis

Arts & Culture Reporter

Susan is an arts and culture reporter for WRTI. She contributes Arts Desk features, and weekly intermission interviews for The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast series on WRTI with host Gregg Whiteside.

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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The Philadelphia Orchestra

Mar 18, 2006

This week we've news of exciting developments in the Philadelphia Orchestra's summer season at the Mann Music Center. Jason Peifer visits the Media Theatre in Media, PA, as they stage Sigmund Romberg's 1924 masterpiece, The Student Prince. Susan Lewis looks at the history of fine art photography. And we discover how Orchestra 2001 had to travel to Bucharest to find the score and orchestra parts for U.S. debut of George Enescu's Chamber Symphony.

The Philadelphia Flower Show

Mar 4, 2006

This week we take a walk through this year's Philadelphia Flower Show with designer Sam Lemheney. Jason Peifer examines the role of the theater critic. He'll speak with the Philadelphia Inquirer's Toby Zinman, David Anthony Fox of Philadelphia City Paper, and the Philadelphia Weekly's J. Cooper Robb. Susan Lewis considers why we both love and fear The Bard as The Philadelphia Shakespeare Festival opens its new season.

Jeffrey Siegel

Feb 25, 2006

We speak with world renowned pianist Jeffrey Siegel. The second of his three-part series of Keyboard Conversations, which provide listeners with deeper insight into individual classical piano works is at the Kimmel Center next week. Jason Peifer examines the legacy of Arthur Miller and looks ahead to the People's Light & Theatre production of The Crucible, which opens next week. And in our regular look inside the CultureFiles section at GoPhila.com, Susan Lewis visits the Fairmount Water Works in Philadelphia.

The Opera Company of Philadelphia

Feb 11, 2006

We're at the Opera Company of Philadelphia east coast premiere Margaret Garner. Jason Peifer explores the staging the Temple Theater's latest production, "On the Razzle" by Tom Stoppard. And in our regular look inside the CultureFiles section at GoPhila.com, Susan Lewis visits the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia.

Daniel Barenboim

Feb 4, 2006

This week, a conversation with Daniel Barenboim. The legendary pianist and conductor brings the Berlin Staatskapelle to the Kimmel Center next week. Philadelphia Daily News arts writer Tom Di Nardo takes a look at the latest Peter Nero and the Philly Pops concert series and talks about the state of 'Pops' music. In light of Philadelphia Mayor John Street's $65 million bond proposal for the arts, Albert Stumm examines where funding for arts and culture now lies among the city's priorities.

Ignat Solzhenitsyn

Jan 28, 2006

A conversation with Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia music director Ignat Solzhenitsyn. He conducts a program featuring two of the most significant works in the symphonic repertoire this Sunday and Monday. Susan Lewis explores the power and myths of Mozart -- his ever popular 18th century music is claimed by some to do everything from alleviating learning disorders to better ripen grapes. Jason Peifer previews the American premiere of Novecento at the Lantern Theater Company.

Christoph Eschenbach

Jan 21, 2006

As the Philadelphia Orchestra announces details of the 2006-07 season we speak with music director Christoph Eschenbach about how he selects repertoire and what he's got planned for next season. Jason Peifer explores the creation of Michael Hollinger's new play at the Arden Theatre Company - "Opus." Albert Stumm watches preparations by the U.S. Olympic Ice Sculpting team for the winter games which take place in Italy next month. And in our regular look inside the CultureFiles section at GoPhila.com. Susan Lewis visits Mother Bethel AME.

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