Creatively Speaking

Throughout the week

Creatively Speaking is WRTI's daily look into the world of music, arts, and culture. Listen to brief features throughout the day!

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WRTI Arts Desk
1:13 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Field Hockey...The Musical?

The Strokanov sisters are featured in 11th Hour Theatre Company's FIELD HOCKEY HOT.

  

New musicals don’t often arise in Philadelphia. Musicals about sports come along even more seldom. But a musical about field hockey, developed by Philadelphia’s 11th Hour Theatre Company, is unprecedented. The Philadelphia Inquirer’s David Patrick Stearns walked into the company's South Philly rehearsal studios hardly knowing what field hockey is. 

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Creatively Speaking
6:30 am
Mon March 2, 2015

Determined To Beat MS: Cellist Robert Cafaro Plays On!

This is cellist Bob Cafaro's 30th season with The Philadelphia Orchestra.
Jessica Griffin

The Philadelphia Orchestra has over 100 musicians, and as many stories - often inspiring and surprising.  WRTI’s Susan Lewis profiles Bob Cafaro, a cellist in the Orchestra since 1985, whose artistry is matched by his determination to live fully, both onstage and off.  

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Creatively Speaking
6:07 am
Mon March 2, 2015

Designing Buildings Where Art Amazes and Sound Soars

Frank Gehry at the Philadelphia Museum of Art Master Plan press preview in June, 2014. By his own account, music and art are among his favorite things.
Constance Mensh

Award-winning architect Frank Gehry, known for designing buildings with striking exteriors, is now partnering with The Philadelphia Museum of Art on a mostly interior renovation and expansion of its classical structure. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, this renowned architect is inspired by classical as well as contemporary culture.

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Creatively Speaking
6:00 am
Mon March 2, 2015

Tasmin Little's Big Relationship with Delius

Violinist Tasmin Little

Tasmin Little is widely considered the finest British violinist of her generation. And though her repertoire includes works by the most influential composers in history, she has made a point of specializing in the music of lesser-known composers, despite how it might impact her career.

Little was also featured in a BBC documentary that details her investigation into the personal life of Delius.

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Creatively Speaking
5:36 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

Can You Hear Me Now? Reverb Making a Difference

Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center

Lovers of classical and jazz music, musicians and composers, are acutely tuned in to the acoustics of a performance space. WRTI’s Meridee Duddleston looks at the acoustical demands of a concert hall.

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Philadelphia Music Makers
5:35 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

A Violinist, a Violist, and the Romance of Tradition

Elissa Lee Koljonen, photo credit: J. Henry Fair

After violinist Elissa Lee Koljonen graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music in 1994, she was invited to perform at the Cape and Islands Chamber Music Festival (now the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival). At a rehearsal there, she confessed to the violist she was to perform with that she had never before performed the popular Halvorsen Passacaglia for violin and viola (based on music of Handel). The violist, Roberto Díaz, then admitted the same thing to her.

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Creatively Speaking
6:09 am
Mon February 23, 2015

Young Musicians Onstage at the Kimmel Center

Philadelphia Festival of Young Musicians

In this two-week series, WRTI’s Meridee Duddleston looks at the Philadelphia Festival of Young Musicians

The highlight of the collaboration among members of the Philadelphia Music Alliance for Youth is the Philadelphia Festival of Young Musicians. It's a concept modeled after one in Chicago, a template for a local consortium of music organizations for the young.

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Creatively Speaking
6:07 am
Mon February 23, 2015

How a Russian-Born Philadelphian Helped Give New Life to a Song Van Cliburn Loved

Van Cliburn
Gregory Manchess

When American pianist Van Cliburn died in 2013, funeral organizers in Texas couldn’t locate an obscure piece of music he’d requested for the service. But as WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, thanks to a Philadelphia connection, the Russian folk song was found, and is now enjoying new life in America. "Vanya Klibern," as he was called in Russia, says Inna Lobanova-Heasley, was "a rock star" there.

Here are several ensembles presenting the Russian folk song performed at Van Cliburn's funeral service.

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Creatively Speaking
6:05 am
Mon February 23, 2015

Tempesta di Mare Illumines Music from the Time of the Sun King

Tempesta di Mare director Richard Stone, artistic director Gwyn Roberts, concertmaster Emlyn Ngai. Photo credit: Andy Kahl

Music in the era of the Sun King, Louis XIV of France, has enjoyed an acclaimed rediscovery in Europe. However, few American groups have taken up this music of the French Baroque, aside from Philadelphia's Tempesta di Mare. As the Philadelphia Inquirer’s David Patrick Stearns reports, the early-music orchestra has started a multi-year project of concerts and recordings.
 

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Creatively Speaking
9:21 pm
Sat February 21, 2015

ANDY: A Popera, Cold Mountain and More - Opera Philadelphia's Most Far-Reaching Season

Inspired by the life, fame, and philosophy of Andy Warhol, ANDY: A Popera is a cabaret/opera hybrid that will feature original music by Dan Visconti and Heath Allen, and a cast of Opera Philadelphia and Bearded Ladies regulars.

What's the news about Opera Philadelphia’s just-announced 2015-2016 season? As the Philadelphia Inquirer’s David Patrick Stearns reports, the season is the company’s most far-reaching yet.

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