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
11:03 am
Sat December 15, 2012

Alisa Weilerstein and The Elgar Cello Concerto: Her Way

David Patrick Stearns profiles American cellist Alisa Weilerstein. She’s in town to perform the iconic Elgar cello concerto with The Philadelphia Orchestra this week.

Creatively Speaking
11:00 am
Sat December 15, 2012

Shipwreck! Winslow Homer and "The Life Line"

The Life Line, 1884, Winslow Homer, American, Oil on canvas, 28 5/8 x 44 3/4 inches (72.7 x 113.7 cm) The George W. Elkins Collection, 1924, Philadelphia Museum of Art

Susan Lewis explores an exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on the American painter Winslow Homer and the American tradition of lifesaving.

Creatively Speaking
3:50 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Gianandrea Noseda Takes Philadelphia Orchestra Sound Back In Time

If anybody knows Rachmaninoff, it’s The Philadelphia Orchestra. The ensemble inspired the composer  to write his final orchestral work: the Symphonic Dances, and collaborated with him intensively until his death in 1943. Since then, the Orchestra has maintained an unbroken tradition of performing works by Rachmaninoff, from the eras of Eugene Ormandy through Charles Dutoit. 

The esteemed Italian conductor Gianandrea Noseda, who has the trust and affection of the musicians from past guest engagements, recently conducted Rachmaninoff at the Kimmel Center. The conductor brought to these performances the rediscovery of a sound from which the orchestra has perhaps drifted. As The Philadelphia Inquirer’s David Patrick Stearns reports, Noseda may just about be out-Ormandying Eugene Ormandy.

Creatively Speaking
9:49 am
Sat December 8, 2012

The Philadelphia Wind Symphony

Susan Lewis profiles The Philadelphia Wind Symphony. The ensemble will perform works by Tchaikovsky, Holst, and Shostakovich at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia on Tuesday.

Creatively Speaking
8:12 am
Sat December 1, 2012

Dancing Around Marcel Duchamp's Bride At The Philadelphia Museum of Art

Bride, 1912, Marcel Duchamp, American (born France), Oil on canvas, 35 1/4 x 21 7/8 inches (89.5 x 55.6cm) The Louise and Walter Arensberg Collection, 1950
Philadelphia Museum of Art

The Philadelphia Museum of Art boasts the world’s largest collection of works by French Artist Marcel Duchamp, known best for his avante-garde works that incorporate common materials.  The Museum is now exploring  his American legacy – in not only visual art,  but dance and music.  In addition to showcasing over 40 works by Duchamp, the interdisciplinary exhibition juxtaposes more than 60 works by fine artists Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg, music by John Cage, and performances of choreography by Merce Cunningham. 

The work that drew these four younger artists to Philadelphia to better understand Duchamp was his, then, best-known masterpiece – The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even - also called, The Large Glass, finished in the 1920s.  It is, in fact, two large frames of glass that contain pictures created with materials such as lead foil, wire, and dust. 

Jim Cotter speaks with exhibition curator Carlos Basualdo, (the Museum’s curator of contemporary art), about Duchamp’s impact on these artists, and his relationship with Philadelphia.

Dancing around the Bride: Cage, Cunningham, Johns, Rauschenberg, and Duchamp is at the Philadelphia Museum of Art through January 21, 2013.

Information here. 

Creatively Speaking
7:56 am
Sat December 1, 2012

PCMS: The Authors of the City's Vibrant Chamber Music Scene

PCMS presents The Modigliani Quartet on October 25th at 8pm at the Kimmel Center's Perelman Theater.

Philadelphia is a city rich with classical musical offerings, from Philadelphia Orchestra concerts at the Kimmel Center to recitals in homes, neighborhood churches, and community centers.  But there haven't always been public venues to hear chamber music – or presenters to bring in top talent.  

WRTI’s Susan Lewis looks at a driving force behind the city’s vibrant chamber music scene:  The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society. PCMS has been presenting world-class chamber music and recital concerts to the Greater Philadelphia region for more than a quarter century. The organization is committed to offering affordable tickets to listeners from all walks of life.

Check out the PCMS website for a lineup of extraordinary performances.

Creatively Speaking
7:29 am
Sat December 1, 2012

The "Low Key" Approach Of The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s Music Director Manfred Honeck

The Philadelphia Orchestra has a genteel rivalry with its illustrious neighbor to the west, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Though not among the"Big Five" American orchestras, Pittsburgh is certainly in that league. And then there were those neck-and-neck European tours where Pittsburgh had more, and classier, dates than Philadelphia.

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Creatively Speaking
10:09 am
Sat November 24, 2012

Walnut Street Theatre Celebrates Artistic Leader's 30th Anniversary

Jim Cotter speaks with Bernard Havard, the Walnut Street Theatre’s president and producing artistic director. Havard is celebrating three decades at the helm of America’s oldest theater.

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.