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
12:09 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

The English Chamber Orchestra's Benefit Concert for Musicopia

Access to great music is critical in developing a love of the art form and its traditions. As WRTI's Susan Lewis reports, that's a premise of a collaboration between the English Chamber Orchestra and Musicopia, an organization that brings music to young people, especially in areas without other music programs. 

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Creatively Speaking
3:47 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

The Lunch That Launched Stravinsky's Famous Violin Concerto

Igor Stravinsky was reluctant to write a violin concerto...until a violinist changed his mind.

Twentieth-century composer Igor Stravinsky was at first reluctant to accept a commission for a violin concerto because he didn’t know the instrument well enough. But as WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, he changed his mind after consulting the intended violinist – who was game to try an unusual approach.  

On Sunday, January 18, 2015 on WRTI, Juliette Kang and The Philadelphia Orchestra play Stravinsky’s violin concerto in a program that also features music by Brahms and Respighi.

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Creatively Speaking
1:18 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Swingin' with Philly Jazz Vocalist Miss Justine

Jazz vocalist Miss Justine

Vocalist Justine Keeys, aka Miss Justine, is one of Philadelphia’s jazz gems. Starting in the early '80s, she enthralled audiences at clubs and private venues across the Philadelphia area with the late pianist Gerald Price. Their long collaboration taught her the importance of finding the right musical fit. Miss Justine fills in WRTI's Meridee Duddleston about her life in music.
 

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Creatively Speaking
10:50 am
Mon January 12, 2015

Will 27 Pieces Win Violinist Hilary Hahn One More Grammy Award?

An encore may be played after a scheduled piece. However, it’s not an afterthought. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, violinist Hillary Hahn’s collection of commissioned encores, that is up for a Grammy for "Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance" at next month’s ceremony, showcases more than two dozen such works for violin and piano.

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Creatively Speaking
10:50 am
Mon January 12, 2015

A Philadelphia Photographer Documents A Changing City

Vincent Feldman's debut collection, "City Abandoned: Charting the Loss of Civic Institutions in Philadelphia," is published by Paul Dry Books.

Philadelphia's urban landscape is ever changing, and over time, many beautiful older structures have become disused, dilapidated, and in many cases, demolished. As WRTI's Jim Cotter reports, a collection of works by a preeminent Philadelphia photographer is keeping alive the memory of some of the city's architectural gems.  

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Creatively Speaking
10:44 am
Mon January 12, 2015

A Conductor Seeing Music From Both Sides

Conductor Susanna Malkki
Simon Fowler

This week's Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast on WRTI is led by the Finnish conductor Susanna Malkki. As WRTI's Jim Cotter reports, she brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from both sides of the podium.

In the mid '90s, Susanna Malkki was principal cello of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra. She says that being on the other end of the baton taught her much about conducting - specifically how every gesture made by a conductor was of tantamount importance to the musicians.

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Creatively Speaking
2:24 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

A Pianist Who Goes Way Back with The Philadelphians

Guess who? It's Andre Watts, age 10, at his student concert debut with The Philadelphia Orchestra in 1957.
Adrian Siegel Collection The Philadelphia Orchestra Archives

Born in Germany in 1946, Andre Watts moved to Philadelphia with his Hungarian mother and American father when he was 8 years old. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, after decades of performing, the celebrated pianist still finds new inspiration and challenges in the music. 

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Creatively Speaking
5:22 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

A Mobile Guide to the Music at a Philadelphia Orchestra Concert? There's an App for That!

The Philadelphia Orchestra's new LiveNote App in action!

While printed programs at classical music concerts are commonplace, The Philadelphia Orchestra continues to explore the use of mobile technology developed by Drexel University to inform the listening experience during the performance. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, the LiveNote App will be used in three upcoming concerts.

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Creatively Speaking
4:54 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

Jakub Hruša And The Spirit Of Czech Music

Conductor Jakub Hrusa

One of the Czech Republic's most lauded young conductors leads the Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI this Sunday, January 11th at 1 pm. As WRTI's Jim Cotter reports, the program includes at least one work that embodies the Czech spirit.

In his Philadelphia Orchestra debut, Prague Philharmonia Chief Conductor and Music Director Jakub Hruša brought to the podium a program bookended by composers from his homeland. One of Leoš Janáček's earliest works, Jealousy and the Symphony No. 8 of Antonín Dvorák. This was, in turn, an early work for Hruša.

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Creatively Speaking
12:27 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

Napoleon's Armies Advance On Vienna: Beethoven’s “Empire of the Mind” Prevails

Beethoven inititally planned to dedicate his "Eroica" symphony to Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821).

Ludwig van Beethoven’s "Les Adieux" or "The Farewell" sonata (Piano Sonata No. 26) is considered the composer's most significant work from the period between 1809 - 1810. It was a time when the Napoleonic Wars continued to bring upheaval to Beethoven’s adopted city of Vienna, the surrounding region, and beyond. Even before his Piano Sonata No. 26 in E-flat Major was composed, Napoleon’s unyielding push for power had left many disillusioned.

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