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
11:05 am
Sat October 13, 2012

Keyboard Conversations Redeemed!

After pianist Jeffrey Siegel's annual series of Philadelphia concerts was canceled, a community of music lovers got together to reinstate his regular Kimmel Center performances. The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns tells the story.

Creatively Speaking
11:02 am
Sat October 13, 2012

At The Walnut Street Theatre: A Fresh Reworking Of An Iconic Love Story

The film Love Story was a massive cultural phenomenon in the early 1970s. Adapted by Erich Segal from his novel of the same name, the romantic tragedy starred Ryan O'Neal and Ali MacGraw as two students from different social classes who meet at Harvard, fall in love, and wed. After which, personal tragedy strikes.

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Music Features
5:04 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

The Philadelphia Orchestra Opens 2012/13 Season With Debut Of Eighth Music Director

Yannick Nezet-Seguin
Chris Lee

Following in the footsteps of legends such as Leopold Stokwoski, Eugene Ormandy, and Riccardo Muti, Yannick Nezet-Seguin is set to conduct his inaugural concerts as music director of The Philadelphia Orchestra. On Thursday, October 18th, the opening-night concert features the music of Ravel, Brahms, and Strauss with soloist Renee Fleming, followed by performances of the Verdi Requiem on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Opening night concert information - October 18.

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Creatively Speaking
3:44 pm
Sat October 6, 2012

West Side Story: Fifty Years On

Those funky, menacing chords can only belong to one piece of music: West Side Story, the Leonard Bernstein Broadway musical that updated the Romeo and Juliet story into the world of gang warfare to the streets of post-war New York City. The concert suite from the musical has often been played by The Philadelphia Orchestra, though this week it's performing the music in a different incarnation - as an accompaniment to the 1961 Oscar-winning film. The Philadelphia Inquirer’s David Patrick Stearns reports that the enterprise isn’t nearly as simple as it looks.

Creatively Speaking
11:01 am
Sat October 6, 2012

Rising Opera Star William Davenport

William Davenport

Ahead of WRTI's broadcast of the Academy of Vocal Arts' 2012 Giargiari Bel Canto Competition on Sunday at 3 pm - with listeners having the opportunity to vote for their personal favorite at wrti.org.  Many Giargiari Competition participants have gone on to stellar careers, and in recent years three in particular have also been awarded  the prestigious Richard Tucker Foundation Award, including tenors James Valenti and Stephen Costello, and soprano Angela Meade.

Creatively Speaking
11:04 am
Sat September 29, 2012

The John Cage Centenary

Composer John Cage

In the 100th birthday year of the American avant-garde composer John Cage, many cultural institutions are celebrating his deeply influential life's work. But celebrating Cage is a lot more elusive than celebrating, say, Debussy. Composing with open-ended concepts that often didn't even include notes and rests, Cage threw so much responsibility onto the performers and audiences that it's hard to know what to celebrate. The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns discovers the hidden burdens in Cage's brand of anarchy.

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Creatively Speaking
11:03 am
Sat September 29, 2012

Superstar Conductor Simon Rattle

Simon Rattle

Simon Rattle, the British-born conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic, is one of the best-known classical musicians alive. His influence shows up in all sorts of places: at the Metropolitan Opera, where musicians still speak of his presence there in reverent tones, and in West Philadelphia where his advocacy of Venezuela’s El Sistema helped inspire trumpeter Stanford Thompson to create Play On Philly, a music education program that touches hundreds of lives.

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Creatively Speaking
11:06 am
Sat September 22, 2012

Symphony In C Bucks Downward Trend For Regional Orchestras

Rossen Milanov is music director of Symphony in C.

In recent times, Philadelphians have been made well aware of the fiscal challenges of sustaining a symphony orchestra. Now, around the country, other cities are experiencing such problems first hand. Serious doubts hang over the immediate viability of orchestras in Atlanta, Minnesota, St Paul, Indianapolis, and San Antonio with others likely to soon follow suit. 

Yet in Camden, New Jersey, a city whose very municipal infrastructure is under threat, its orchestra - Symphony In C - continues to garner and grow support, audience, and reputation. 

Creatively Speaking
11:04 am
Sat September 22, 2012

Opera Company of Philadelphia Opens New Season With Fresh Take On Old Favorite

Some rough-and-tumble opening chords can mean only one thing to opera lovers - Puccini’s La Boheme.  The iconic work is back in Philadelphia  for what could feel like the 300th time since first arriving here 114 years ago. Audiences rarely tire of the story of starving artists in 19th-century Paris, or the famous arias that convey the rapture of young love. But they might also feel like it’s a rerun.

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Creatively Speaking
11:03 am
Sat September 22, 2012

Internationally Renowned Singer Nathan Gunn to Lead OCP New-Opera Initiative

Nathan Gunn

The Opera Company of Philadelphia is furthering its commitment to the creation of new American works with the recruitment of star baritone Nathan Gunn to lead its American Repertoire Program. The project aims to produce an American work in each season for the next 10 years.  

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