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
10:07 am
Sat November 24, 2012

Pianist Seymour Lipkin: Still Scaling Artistic Heights

The Philadelphia Inquirer's ’s David Patrick Stearns profiles Seymour Lipkin, a pianist who - in his mid 80s -  is taking on Beethoven's massive Hammerklavier sonata, among other daunting musical feats.

A video of Mr. Lipkin playing Mozart:

Creatively Speaking
9:15 am
Sat November 24, 2012

Satchmo At The Waldorf: The Man Behind The Legend

As The Wilma Theater in Philadelphia stages the Terry Teachout play about the legendary trumpet player Louis Armstrong, Susan Lewis explores the life and work of this musical icon.

Information about Satchmo At The Waldorf at The Wilma Theater through December 2nd.

Creatively Speaking
4:11 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

James Kimmel, Jr.'s Novel: The Trial of Fallen Angels

Jim Cotter speaks with Philadelphia lawyer-turned-novelist James Kimmel, Jr. His very compelling first novel is published this week.

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Creatively Speaking
3:32 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

Pianists Christina and Michelle Naughton: Sister Stars

Pianists Chrisina and Michelle Naughton

This week's Philadelphia Orchestra performances of Poulenc's Double Piano Concerto feature the young soloists Christina and Michelle Naughton. Jim Cotter speaks with the twin sisters.

Information about the performances.

Creatively Speaking
3:24 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

The Curtain Rises In Norristown

The Centre Theater in Norristown

The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns explores how Norristown is successfully modeling itself as a serious theater destination.

Creatively Speaking
11:04 am
Sat November 3, 2012

Trumpeter Chris Botti: Blowing His Horn To Worldwide Acclaim

Chris Botti

Through the 1980s and '90s, Chris Botti had a relatively successful career as an in-demand session musician and sideman, and as a composer and producer. Then, in 2001, after he signed to Columbia Records, the stars aligned; since that time he's gone from strength to strength garnering worldwide acclaim as a live performer and selling millions of records.

WRTI's Jim Cotter caught up with the superstar trumpeter when Botti was in town to play with The Philadelphia Orchestra.

Creatively Speaking
11:03 am
Sat November 3, 2012

Flutist Mimi Stillman's Yearlong Debussy Tribute

Mimi Stillman

On Claude Debussy's 150th birthday - August 22nd - Philadelphia flutist Mimi Stillman (founder/director of Dolce Suono Ensemble), began a yearlong odyssey with an unaccompanied flute work of Debussy's titled Syrinx; she'll play the piece every single day in various locations, and post videos of her "Syrinx Journey" project on her website.

The Philadelphia Inquirer’s David Patrick Stearns reports for WRTI.

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Creatively Speaking
11:02 am
Sat November 3, 2012

Who Is...Auguste Rodin?

Auguste Rodin: The Thinker

As Philadelphia’s Rodin Museum reopens, WRTI's Susan Lewis explores the life and work of the iconic French sculptor Auguste Rodin (1840-1917).

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Creatively Speaking
8:11 am
Sun October 21, 2012

Three Philadelphia Ensembles Collaborate For A Landmark Performance

The Mendelssohn Club Chorus, the Philadelphia Boys Choir, and The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia are set to perform at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in a very special concert that includes the world premiere of Robert Moran’s expanded - and haunting - 9/11 tribute, Trinity Requiem.

The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns looks ahead to the October 21st event, that also features Bruckner's Mass in E minor and Moran's Angele Dei.

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Creatively Speaking
11:05 am
Sat October 20, 2012

A Swan Song For A Prima Ballerina

Jim Cotter speaks with Pennsylvania Ballet Principal dancer Arantxa Ochoa.  After 16 years with the company, 11 of those in leading roles, Ochoa will retire from the stage after dancing the title role in Giselle, the ballet’s season-opening production.

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