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
1:44 pm
Wed February 4, 2015

What Did Bach Sound Like In The Time of Mendelssohn?

J.S. Bach (1685-1750)

For decades, musicians have struggled to determine what J.S. Bach sounded like in his own time. As The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns reports, The Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia is turning the clock in a different direction on February 8th at Girard College, determining what Bach sounded like in the time of...Mendelssohn.

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Creatively Speaking
6:05 pm
Tue February 3, 2015

A Young Composer Inspired by One Book, One Philadelphia's 'Orphan Train'

Composer TJ Cole wrote "O Children, Dear Children," to accompany the Jan. 22nd launch of the 2015 One Book, Philadelphia program.

Curtis Institute of Music composition student TJ Cole is only 21, but she already has a string of impressive commissions under her belt. Last year she was chosen to write a piece of music based on the Free Library's 2015 One Book, One Philadelphia selection - Orphan Train, a novel by Christina Baker Kline.

It’s the story of 91-year-old Vivian, who lost her family as a child, and 17-year-old Molly, a foster child who also knows what it’s like to be alone and unwanted.  

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Creatively Speaking
11:24 am
Mon February 2, 2015

Ask a Young Artist Why Music Matters

The Curtis Institute of Music is turning out young musicians who not only play extremely well, but are also advocates for their art form. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, three recent grads, now members of the Bok Trio, are passionate about the importance of music, and optimistic about its future. 

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Creatively Speaking
10:53 am
Mon February 2, 2015

Helping The Violins Sing: Philadelphia Orchestra Associate Concertmaster Juliette Kang

Violinist Juliette Kang
Amanda Hall Studios

The strings are the largest section of a symphony orchestra, and communicating among them to create a unified sound involves the conductor, the  concertmaster, and another pivotal player. WRTI’s Susan Lewis talks with The Philadelphia Orchestra’s Juliette Kang about her position as associate concertmaster, and the lure of her instrument. 

On WRTI's  broadcast of The Philadelphia Orchestra this Sunday, May 12th at 2 pm, Juliette Kang will lead the strings in a program featuring Tchaikovsky's Souvenir de Florence, for string orchestra, and Prokofiev's Symphony No. 5.

Creatively Speaking
7:33 am
Sun February 1, 2015

How Cool Are Sax Masters Sonny Stitt and Stan Getz!

Two great sax players were born on the same day, just three years apart. On February 2nd, 1924, Sonny Stitt was born in Boston, and Stan Getz made his first appearance in Philadelphia on the same day in 1927. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, each had his own style that would influence future generations.

On Monday, February 2, 2015, WRTI's Bob Perkins celebrates these two jazz greats with a special show. 

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Creatively Speaking
1:27 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

The Philadelphia Orchestra's 2015-2016 Season Announced!

Yannick Nezet-Seguin is music director of The Philadelphia Orchestra.

The Philadelphia Orchestra is hardly settling into a routine in its fourth season with Yannick Nezet-Seguin. Plans for 2015-2016 announced this week have the conductor going well beyond typical classical subscription concerts, plus engineering guest appearances that are bound to make national news. The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns reports.

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Philadelphia Music Makers, Jan. 25, 6 PM
4:31 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Venissa Santi: A Cultural Voyager

Vocalist Venissa Santi

Vocalist Venissa Santi's musical journey has been one of intimate self discovery. Since childhood, her Cuban parents familiarized her with the sounds of her culture, but not until adulthood did she make pilgrimage to Havana and truly fall in love with the country's songbook.

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Creatively Speaking
4:17 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Soprano Deborah Voigt Tells All

Soprano Deborah Voigt

Opera star Deborah Voigt has always been a straight-shooting diva, openly discussing her weight problems, the surgery she underwent to address them, and the possible effects that had on her voice. Yet as The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns reports, the singer goes well beyond that in her new autobiography, Call Me Debbie.

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Creatively Speaking
1:25 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

The President of Chile Pays a Visit to The Curtis Institute of Music

Left to right: Miho Saegusa, Zoe Martin-Doike (Violin '13), President Michelle Bachelet, Karen Ouzonian, Ayane Kosaza (Viola '12) and Curtis President and CEO Roberto Diaz
Alex Ibanez

This past week, Delaware Governor Jack Markell welcomed Chilean President Michelle Bachelet to the Port of Wilmington, a major entry point for fresh fruit from Chile. Bachelet's focus on trade also included a night at a sold-out dinner organized by the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce and its Chilean-American counterpart.   

Between the two stops, President Bachelet took a detour from the economic agenda, stopping at the Curtis Institute of Music. WRTI’s Meridee Duddleston was there.  

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Creatively Speaking
12:26 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

A Difficult Competition Piece by Debussy Now a Treasure in the Repertoire

Ricardo Morales

Competitions have tested serious music students for decades. They also have prompted the composition of works that continue to enrich the repertoire. WRTI’s Susan Lewis has more on Claude Debussy’s Rhapsody No. 1 for Clarinet and Orchestra.

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Susan Lewis: Its ethereal quality belies its difficulty, but Debussy’s Rhapsody No. 1 for Clarinet and Piano was composed for clarinet graduation exams at the Paris Conservatory.

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