Creatively Speaking

Throughout the week

Creatively Speaking is WRTI's weekly look into the world of music, arts, and culture. Meet the people behind the footlights and the artists in the spotlight, as Jim Cotter and company introduce you to those who make the performing and visual arts come alive in our region. Listen to six Creatively Speaking features each week.

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Creatively Speaking
1:26 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

A Queerly Cool Jazz Festival in Philadelphia

Composer, arranger, and pianist Billy Strayhorn was an openly gay black man living in New York City in the 1930s, which took much courage. His “Lush Life” explores that experience.

The William Way LGBT Community Center in Philadelphia first imagined the nation’s first LGBT Jazz Festival last year. And over the course of the year, the city, and the city’s jazz community - including the Philadelphia Jazz Project and Ars Nova Workshop - signed on.

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Creatively Speaking
6:02 am
Mon September 1, 2014

American Audiences Missing Out On Many Great Performers

Pianist Eric Le Sage

Over the past decade or so, it has become increasingly difficult for overseas musicians without well-established reputations in the U.S. to get permission to travel here for work. However, as WRTI's Jim Cotter reports, when a powerhouse such as The Philadelphia Orchestra wants a particular soloist, they usually get their man, or woman.

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Creatively Speaking
6:00 am
Mon September 1, 2014

The Strad: Great Or Just Very Good?

Gil Shaham plays the 1699 “Countess Polignac” Stradivarius.

Nearly 300 years after the death of Antonio Stadivarius, the classical music world is paying up more and more millions for his violins.  And audiences attend concerts advertised more for their instruments than those playing them.

The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns asks: should fiddles be calling the tunes?

Creatively Speaking
11:59 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Meet The Philadelphia Orchestra's New Assistant Conductor

Conductor Lio Kuokman, a native of Macau, becomes The Philadlelphia Orchestra's assistant conductor in September, 2014.

As The Philadelphia Orchestra opens its new season in September 2014, the ensemble will have a new assistant conductor on board. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, the Hong Kong-trained musician has garnered international acclaim this summer.

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Creatively Speaking
6:02 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Teaching the Art of Listening: Temple's Steven Kreinberg Opens Doors to Classical Music and Jazz

The highest aspiration for those who teach is to do it in a way that transforms lives. Professor Steven Kreinberg, a faculty member at Temple University’s Boyer College of Music and Dance, reveals what happens in his popular course "The Art of Listening."  It’s a special kind of class that opens the door for college students to the world of classical music, jazz, opera, and musicals.

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Creatively Speaking
6:01 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Pianist Helene Grimaud: Braving Brahms

Pianist Helene Grimaud

This Sunday on The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI, Helene Grimaud performs the Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1, with conductor Michael Tilson Thomas filling in for Yannick Nezet-Seguin.

As WRTI’s Jim Cotter reports, the French pianist was originally scheduled to play the second Brahms piano concerto, but changed the program when Yannick dropped out.

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Creatively Speaking
6:00 am
Mon August 25, 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.

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Creatively Speaking
4:56 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

A Goodyear For Beethoven

There's been a lot of buzz about Pianist Stewart Goodyear's Beethoven "Sonatathon" concerts.

For the past few years, pianist Stewart Goodyear has been reconnecting to his musical roots through Beethoven. He performed all 32 of the composer's piano sonatas in a single day in 2011 and 2013, and then over four concerts last month. A stunt? A statement? Goodyear tells The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns it's more like a calling.

Isn't Stewart Goodyear that pianist who specializes in Gershwin?

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Creatively Speaking
3:27 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Music (and Art) at the Museum: Art After 5 on Friday Nights

Art After 5 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art - every Friday night starting at 5 pm.
Derek Brad

Philadelphia’s largest fine art venue has, over the past decade, become one of the city’s premiere performing arts presenters. As WRTI’s Jim Cotter reports, it’s attracting audiences with its wide variety of presentations.

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Creatively Speaking
2:24 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Cautionary Tales for Ambitious Young Musicians

Many classical pianists of the second half of the 20th century shone but briefly. The Philadelphia Inquirer’s David Patrick Stearns looks at a nearly lost generation of musicians.

The F. Scott Fitzgerald saying, that there are no second acts in American lives, would seem to be borne out by America's great pianists of the 1950s, '60s, and '70s. All had careers that buckled in one way or another under the relentless pressure of concerts, recordings, and radio broadcasts.

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