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
1:08 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

The Birthday of Jazz Great Louis Armstrong

Louis Armstrong (1901-1971)

This coming Sunday marks the anniversary of the birth of trumpet virtuoso, singer, and bandleader Louis  Armstrong.  WRTI’s Susan Lewis looks at the life and legacy of a musician who propelled jazz onto a mainstream stage.  

Pops, A Life of Louis Armstrong, by Wall Street Journal Drama Critic Terry Teachout, was published in 2010. Teachout also wrote the play Satchmo at the Waldorf, which ran at the Wilma Theater last year.

Listen to Susan Lewis' interview with Wall Street Journal drama critic Terry Teachout

Where Music Lives
11:20 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Music Lessons On Rittenhouse Square: At Curtis And Way Beyond!

A view of Curtis from Rittenhouse Square

Music lives, as it has for decades, on Philadelphia’s Rittenhouse Square. And now - as the Curtis Institute of Music works with a company that distributes free classes through the Internet - world-class instruction will be available throughout the world. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, the renowned conservatory is offering two pilot classes to audiences everywhere a computer and Internet access can be found. Coursera is making this happen.

Exploring Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas launches September 3rd.  From the Repertoire: Western Music History through Performance, launches October 1st .

Listen to Susan's interview with pianist Jonathan Biss about his course, Exploring Beethoven's Piano Sonatas, which launches September 3, 2013.

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Creatively Speaking
12:16 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

The Secretive Correspondence Between Tchaikovsky And Countess Nadezhda von Meck

Countess von Meck (1831—1894) supported Tchaikovsky for 13 years, but they never met.

Penn Music History Professor Jeffrey Kallberg talks to Susan Lewis about Tchaikovsky's secret correspondence with a patron, Countess von Meck.

WRTI's upcoming broadcast of The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert features Tchaikovsky’s 5th Symphony. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, insights into the work have come from the composer’s correspondence with a secretive patron.

Listen on Sunday, July 28th, 2 to 4 pm. The program also includes music by Wagner and Christopher Rousee.

Listen to Susan’s interview with University of Pennsylvania Professor of Music History Jeffrey Kallberg.

Creatively Speaking
12:13 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

The Independence Seaport Museum: Telling History And Promoting A Vital Resource

Summer draws people to the water, but Philadelphia’s rivers are important to city residents year round. As WRTI's Susan Lewis reports, that’s the message of the Independence Seaport Museum, on the Delaware River at Penn's Landing.

The Independence Seaport Museum is open daily, with extended hours Thursday through Saturday during the summer. Tides of Freedom, an exhibition now at the Seaport Museum through 2015, tells of the role of the river in the African-American experience.

Listen to Susan's interview with Museum President John Brady.

Creatively Speaking
7:23 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Continually Collecting: The Philadelphia Museum Of Art's Wide Range Of Works

Flowers, 1964. Andy Warhol, American, 1928 - 1987. Screenprint on canvas, 24 x 24 x 1 inches. Partial and promised gift of Anne d'Harnoncourt and Joseph Rishel in memory of Sarah Carr d'Harnoncourt, 2001. © Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts

Over the years, the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s collection has grown to as many as 250 thousand objects.  As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, a special exhibition highlights recent acquisitions that reflect the variety of the museum’s holdings.

First Look: Collecting for Philadelphia runs through September 8th. In addition to the approximately 125 objects on view in the First Look gallery, several hundred other new acquisitions on view in the permanent galleries are identified with First Look labels.

Philadelphia Museum of Art First Look Co-Curator Alice Beamesderfer speaks with WRTI's Susan Lewis.

Creatively Speaking
7:38 am
Tue July 16, 2013

The Philadelphia Orchestra Gets Romantic

Anton Bruckner

WRTI’s concert broadcast of The Philadelphia Orchestra on Sunday, July 21, 2013 features the music of two Romantic Viennese masters.  WRTI’s Susan Lewis talks with concertmaster David Kim about how the symphonies of Franz Schubert and Anton Bruckner bring out the famous Philadelphia sound, and about the interpretation of guest conductor Christoph von Dohnanyi. 

Listen to this Sunday’s WRTI concert broadcast of The Philadelphia Orchestra at 2 pm, which will include an interview at Intermission with concertmaster David Kim.

Creatively Speaking
7:43 am
Sun July 14, 2013

Mozart, Beethoven, Dohnanyi, and Philadelphia

Christoph von Dohnanyi

WRTI will broadcast a Philadelphia Orchestra performance of music of Mozart and Beethoven this Sunday, highlighting some musical connections between these two masters. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, on the podium will be Christoph von Dohnanyi who has a longtime connection with the Philadelphians.  

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Where Music Lives
3:17 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Where Music Lives: At the Water's Edge

Phyllis Chapell

Music lives at The Fairmount Water Works, where a Philadelphia-area jazz singer is featured in a short film about the water. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, Phyllis Chapell finds that music is one way to highlight environmental issues.

The short film, AEIOU-Water, is shown Sundays at the Fairmount Water Works. 

Susan’s interview with Phylliss Chapell.

Information about Phyllis Chapell's upcoming live performances in the region.
 

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Creatively Speaking
1:13 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Jeffrey Rosen On The Importance of Constitutional Conversations

National Constitution Center's new President and CEO Jeffrey Rosen

The National Constitution Center in Philadelphia has an important role to play in 21st-century public discourse. That’s the view of its new president and CEO. WRTI’s Susan Lewis has more.

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Creatively Speaking
7:59 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Touring Historical Philadelphia: Beyond The Liberty Bell

Visitors on a Mural Arts Tour
R. Kennedy

Philadelphia is world renowned for its role in the birth of America. But the city has a rich history from before and after that time. Professional tour guides play an integral part in sharing Philadelphia's stories with thousands of visitors each year..and there are many stories to tell.

Listen to Susan's interview with Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides President Bob Skiba.

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