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
12:18 pm
Thu April 19, 2012

TEMPUS FUGIT (Time Flies) at the American Philosophical Society Museum

Among all of Benjamin Franklin’s many gifts to Philadelphia and the nation - free libraries, fire companies, lightning rods, bifocals, and the University of Pennsylvania - The American Philosophical Society, founded in 1743,  is one of his rarer gems.

Despite the large statue of Franklin above the main entrance, many people may unknowingly walk right past the centuries-old Society, which is discreetly housed in a neo-classical building in Old City.

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Creatively Speaking
12:16 pm
Thu April 19, 2012

Opera Company of Philadelphia's MANON LESCAUT

David Patrick Stearns looks ahead to the OCP's production of Puccini's tragic love story.

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Creatively Speaking
9:11 am
Tue April 10, 2012

Violinist Leila Josefowicz

WRTI's Jim Cotter speaks with violinist Leila Josefowicz ahead of concerts with The Philadelphia Orchestra, led by conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen.

Creatively Speaking
8:53 am
Tue April 10, 2012

Shofuso Japanese House and Garden

WRTI's Jim Cotter pays a visit to Shofuso Japanese House and Garden in Fairmount Park as it prepares to open a new educational facility. The site dates back to the Centennial Exhibition of 1876.

Creatively Speaking
11:50 am
Sun April 8, 2012

Maestro Esa-Pekka Salonen

David Patrick Stearns profiles the composer and conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen, who conducts The Philadelphia Orchestra this week.

Creatively Speaking
10:14 am
Sun March 25, 2012

Maestro James Conlon--Academy of Natural Sciences at 200--Soprano Meagan Miller

Jim Cotter speaks with James Conlon as the music director of LA Opera and the Ravinia Festival prepares to guest conduct The Philadelphia Orchestra.

Susan Lewis explores the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia, as it begins a yearlong celebration of its bicentennial.

David Patrick Stearns profiles soprano Meagan Miller. The West Chester native recently joined Lyric Fest for concerts featuring music from 1912.

Creatively Speaking
11:58 am
Sat March 17, 2012

Rising Star Benjamin Beilman--Checking In with Christoph Eschenbach--Zaha Hadid Exhibition at PMA

Jim Cotter speaks with Benjamin Beilman ahead of his Philadelphia Chamber Music Society Recital debut. The young violinist has the potential to be "the next big thing" to emerge from the Curtis Institute.

David Patrick Stearns checks in with Christoph Eschenbach as the former Philadelphia Orchestra music director undertakes an ambitious three-week long festival in his second season in charge at the National Symphony Orchestra.

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Creatively Speaking
1:19 pm
Sat March 10, 2012

Conductor James Gaffigan--Composer Missy Mazzoli--PA Ballet's MESSIAH

Jim Cotter speaks with James Gaffigan. The young American conductor, with a growing reputation at home and abroad, conducts The Philadelphia Orchestra on March 8th, 9th and 10th.

David Patrick Stearns profiles composer Missy Mazzoli. The in-demand Lansdale native has upcoming commissions from major orchestras, and has just premiered her first multimedia chamber opera.

Susan Lewis considers Pennsylvania Ballet's production of the Messiah.

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Creatively Speaking
4:04 pm
Sat March 3, 2012

Phila. Singers' David Hayes--George Gershwin & His Musical Legacy--Hawaii-Themed Phila. Flower Show

Jim Cotter speaks with Philadelphia Singers Music Director David Hayes ahead of the group's revival of Randall Thompson's under-appreciated Requiem.

Susan Lewis considers George Gershwin, as both the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and The Philadelphia Orchestra perform one of the great 20th-century master's signature works, Rhapsody in Blue.

We take a walk through the Hawaii-themed 2012 Philadelphia Flower Show with Pennsylvania Horticultural Society President Drew Becher.

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Creatively Speaking
12:37 pm
Sat February 25, 2012

Pianist Christian Zacharias--The Recently Formed Phila. Wind Symphony--A New Sibelius Symphony?

Jim Cotter speaks with the renowned German pianist Christian Zacharias.

Susan Lewis takes a look at The Philadelphia Wind Symphony. The recently formed ensemble is performing on March 3rd in Center City, Philadelphia.

As fragments of an unfinished Jean Sibelius masterwork come to light, David Patrick Stearns considers whether or not we're about to hear a new Sibelius symphony, more than half a century after the death of the great Finish composer.

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