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
11:06 am
Sat August 4, 2012

Playwright Neil LaBute

Neil LaBute has achieved renown for his sometimes darkly comedic explorations of human behavior.

Creatively Speaking
11:05 am
Sat August 4, 2012

Conducter Herbert Blomstedt

At age 84, Herbert Blomstedt is one of the most experienced conductors currently on the international circuit. As The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns discovered, the older he gets, the deeper Blomstedt's personal and artistic convictions, and the less he cares if people share them.

Music Features
11:37 am
Sat July 28, 2012

Pianist Maria Joao Pires

This week, the acclaimed Portuguese pianist Maria Joao Pires announced that she would retire in 2014.  Earlier this year, after an absence of more than a dozen years from the United States, the demure but exquisite Pires returned to perform with The Philadelphia Orchestra. David Patrick Stearns has this appreciation.

Creatively Speaking
11:34 am
Sat July 28, 2012

Plans for the 2013 Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts

Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA) Executive Director Ed Cambron speaks with Jim Cotter about plans for the second, month-long event set for March and April of next year.

Creatively Speaking
11:01 am
Sat July 28, 2012

Conductor Simon Rattle

Sir Simon Rattle

Earlier this week, Sir Simon Rattle conducted a series of concerts celebrating the opening of the 2012 London Olympics. Rattle conducted a very special performance of the London Symphony Orchestra as part of the opening ceremony, which featured Mr. Bean (British comedian Rowan Atkinson) as a comical, and less than enthusiastic, keyboard soloist.  

Rattle is as passionate about music as any athletic icon is about sports - about its intrinsic value and its ability to change lives.

Creatively Speaking
11:05 am
Sat July 21, 2012

The Academy of the Natural Sciences: More Than Just Dinosaurs

The Academy at 200: The Nature of Discovery features some of the museum’s amazing collections like these macaws held by Academy ornithologists Doug Wechsler (left) and Dr. Nate Rice.
Doug Wechsler

Known to generations as the “dinosaur museum," The Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia is demonstrating that its activities have always extended far beyond paleontological displays.

WRTI's Susan Lewis takes us to the Academy, which is marking its bicentennial with a special exhibition.

Creatively Speaking
11:31 am
Sat July 14, 2012

Conductor James Conlon: Remembering the Music Suppressed by the Third Reich

Conductor James Conlon

WRTI's Jim Cotter speaks with James Conlon, music director of LA Opera. In an effort to raise awareness of the works of two generations of composers who were suppressed, forced to emigrate, or were executed by the Nazi regime, Conlon has dedicated himself to programming this music.

Music Features
11:26 am
Sat July 14, 2012

Composer Kaija Saariaho in Profile

David Patrick Stearns profiles the Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho. Read more about her work here.

Creatively Speaking
11:04 am
Sat July 7, 2012

Opera at the Jersey Shore

David Patrick Stearns reports on Opera New Jersey’s new summer season at the Paramount Theater in Asbury Park, NJ. On July 29th: Verdi's Il Trovatore. On July 27th: Gilbert & Sullivan's HMS Pinafore. Information here.

Creatively Speaking
11:02 am
Sat July 7, 2012

Conductor James Gaffigan

James Gaffigan
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WRTI's Jim Cotter speaks with James Gaffigan.  The young American conductor has a growing reputation at home and abroad.

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