Creatively Speaking

Throughout the week

Creatively Speaking is WRTI's daily look into the world of music, arts, and culture. Listen to brief features throughout the day!

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Creatively Speaking
10:50 am
Mon January 12, 2015

A Philadelphia Photographer Documents A Changing City

Vincent Feldman's debut collection, "City Abandoned: Charting the Loss of Civic Institutions in Philadelphia," is published by Paul Dry Books.

Philadelphia's urban landscape is ever changing, and over time, many beautiful older structures have become disused, dilapidated, and in many cases, demolished. As WRTI's Jim Cotter reports, a collection of works by a preeminent Philadelphia photographer is keeping alive the memory of some of the city's architectural gems.  

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Creatively Speaking
10:44 am
Mon January 12, 2015

A Conductor Seeing Music From Both Sides

Conductor Susanna Malkki
Simon Fowler

This week's Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast on WRTI is led by the Finnish conductor Susanna Malkki. As WRTI's Jim Cotter reports, she brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from both sides of the podium.

In the mid '90s, Susanna Malkki was principal cello of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra. She says that being on the other end of the baton taught her much about conducting - specifically how every gesture made by a conductor was of tantamount importance to the musicians.

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Creatively Speaking
2:24 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

A Pianist Who Goes Way Back with The Philadelphians

Guess who? It's Andre Watts, age 10, at his student concert debut with The Philadelphia Orchestra in 1957.
Adrian Siegel Collection The Philadelphia Orchestra Archives

Born in Germany in 1946, Andre Watts moved to Philadelphia with his Hungarian mother and American father when he was 8 years old. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, after decades of performing, the celebrated pianist still finds new inspiration and challenges in the music. 

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Creatively Speaking
5:22 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

A Mobile Guide to the Music at a Philadelphia Orchestra Concert? There's an App for That!

The Philadelphia Orchestra's new LiveNote App in action!

While printed programs at classical music concerts are commonplace, The Philadelphia Orchestra continues to explore the use of mobile technology developed by Drexel University to inform the listening experience during the performance. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, the LiveNote App will be used in three upcoming concerts.

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Creatively Speaking
4:54 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

Jakub Hruša And The Spirit Of Czech Music

Conductor Jakub Hrusa

One of the Czech Republic's most lauded young conductors leads the Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI this Sunday, January 11th at 1 pm. As WRTI's Jim Cotter reports, the program includes at least one work that embodies the Czech spirit.

In his Philadelphia Orchestra debut, Prague Philharmonia Chief Conductor and Music Director Jakub Hruša brought to the podium a program bookended by composers from his homeland. One of Leoš Janáček's earliest works, Jealousy and the Symphony No. 8 of Antonín Dvorák. This was, in turn, an early work for Hruša.

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Creatively Speaking
12:27 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

Napoleon's Armies Advance On Vienna: Beethoven’s “Empire of the Mind” Prevails

Beethoven inititally planned to dedicate his "Eroica" symphony to Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821).

Ludwig van Beethoven’s "Les Adieux" or "The Farewell" sonata (Piano Sonata No. 26) is considered the composer's most significant work from the period between 1809 - 1810. It was a time when the Napoleonic Wars continued to bring upheaval to Beethoven’s adopted city of Vienna, the surrounding region, and beyond. Even before his Piano Sonata No. 26 in E-flat Major was composed, Napoleon’s unyielding push for power had left many disillusioned.

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Creatively Speaking
9:45 am
Mon January 5, 2015

Searching For Sunken Musical Treasure in the Milwaukee River

The 2014 reissue of The Rise and Fall of Paramount Records, Volume 2

The boxed set, The Rise and Fall of Paramount Records, Volume 2, recorded from 1928 to 1932, documents American music at its most basic. The original vinyl records from which the set is derived are so sought after that the Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns found a collector who had been skin diving in the Milwaukee River in search of the elusive discs.

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Creatively Speaking
5:01 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Philadelphia’s First Messiah Concert: The Doors Closed Promptly at 11:00 AM

An 1825 publication by a Philadelphia publisher of the full oratorio, The Messiah arranged for organ.

Philadelphia’s role in the formation of our government is characteristic of a time when the city and its leading residents were forging firsts of all kinds. As Handel’s Messiah is performed this holiday season, WRTI’s Meridee Duddleston wondered when and where those first citizens might have heard the great Baroque work.

Linda Wood is assistant head librarian in the music department at the Free Library of Philadelphia.  She compiled several reference materials relating to the first performance and other early performances of Handel’s Messiah.

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Creatively Speaking
3:07 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Have You Heard...Grassical Music?

The DePue Brothers Band plays a blend of classical, bluegrass, jazz, pop, and American roots music.

The four DePue brothers (Wallace, Jason, Zack, and Alex) were raised on classical music, barbershop, and Bluegrass. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, today they’re juggling work at conventional ensembles - The Philadelphia Orchestra, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and the Philly Pops - with a family-based band specializing in a blend of classical and American grass roots music.

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Creatively Speaking
1:33 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Handel's Messiah: A Christmas Tradition Born in the Spring

George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)

Handel’s Messiah, originally composed for performance during the springtime Christian observance of Lent, has become a  contemporary staple of Christmas celebrations in modern America. WRTI’s Susan Lewis has more on this 18th-century oratorio.

On Sunday, December 21, at 1 pm, WRTI will rebroadcast The Philadelphia Orchestra and The Philadelphia Singers Chorale with soloists in a 2013 performance of Handel's Messiah, at The Kimmel Center

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