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
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.

Creatively Speaking
8:34 am
Sat October 20, 2012

Principal Players From The Philadelphia Orchestra Teaching Students Worldwide Via The Internet

Virtuoso flutist Jeffrey Kahner is teaching students online at the ArtistWorks Classical Campus.

Classical music is a complex art form, and learning an instrument well takes not only talent but many hours, days, and years of lessons and practice. While the talent necessary to play an orchestral instrument hasn’t changed much over the years, today, Internet and video technology are offering  new ways of teaching and learning an instrument, with the potential to connect large numbers of  students with some of the best musicians in the world.
 

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Creatively Speaking
11:06 am
Sat October 13, 2012

The Philadelphia Orchestra Opens Its 2012/13 Season

The Philadelphia Orchestra
Jessica Griffin

We look ahead to The Philadelphia Orchestra’s season with Music Director Yannick Nezet-Seguin.

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.

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