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
11:02 am
Sat July 7, 2012

Conductor James Gaffigan

James Gaffigan
Peter Weinberger

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

Creatively Speaking
11:00 am
Sat July 7, 2012

A Look at Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue

George Gershwin

WRTI's Susan Lewis considers the life and work of George Gershwin, and one of  the great 20th-century master’s signature works, Rhapsody in Blue.

Creatively Speaking
11:32 am
Sat June 30, 2012

Classical Vocal Quartet New York Polyphony

Though the singers look like male fashion models, the early-music vocal quartet New York Polyphony can sound downright medieval, with music that has landed the group a recording contract with the Swedish label, BIS and concerts across the country.

The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns visited two of the four members in Manhattan after they finished singing a church service - their day jobs.

Creatively Speaking
11:02 am
Sat June 30, 2012

A Profile of Musical Giant Ludwig van Beethoven

Beethoven is in the air! The Philadelphia Orchestra, with The Philadelphia Singers and soloists, including AVA's Margaret Mezzacappa, wowed the audience at the Mann Center last Wednesday night with an intense performance of Beethoven's 9th symphony. WRTI's Susan Lewis explores the life and work of one of the world's most influential composers.

Creatively Speaking
11:00 am
Sat June 30, 2012

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Composer Jennifer Higdon's Opera

Jennifer Higdon and her cat, Beau.

Philadelphia-based composer Jennifer Higdon has begun writing her first opera. Based on the novel Cold Mountain, it will be her sole creative pursuit for the next three years. WRTI's Jim Cotter speaks with the world-renowned composer.

Creatively Speaking
1:09 pm
Sat June 23, 2012

A Profile of Esa-Pekka Salonen

Esa-Pekka Salonen
Clive Barda

David Patrick Stearns profiles acclaimed Finnish composer and conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen. As a composer, Salonen is quoted saying "Musical expression is bodily expression, there is no abstract cerebral expression in my opinion. It all comes out of the body." As a conductor he has simply stated that the primary reason he took up conducting was to ensure that someone would conduct his own compositions.  He is currently principal conductor and artistic advisor of the Philharmonia Orchestra in London, and conductor laureate of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Creatively Speaking
1:02 pm
Sat June 23, 2012

VISIONS OF ARCADIA at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

The Large Bathers, 1906, Paul Cézanne, French, Oil on canvas
Philadelphia Museum of Art

WRTI's Susan Lewis explores how the idea of "utopia" captivated the imaginations of early 20th-century artists, as the Philadelphia Museum of Art opens its new exhibition: Gauguin, Cezanne, Matisse: Visions of Arcadia.

At the heart of the show are three monumental canvases, each an acknowledged masterpiece and each, in its own distinctive way, a powerful response to the Arcadian tradition: Paul Cézanne’s enigmatic The Large Bathers; Paul Gauguin’s Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?; and Henri Matisse’s Bathers by a River.

Creatively Speaking
12:58 pm
Sat June 23, 2012

Yannick Nézet-Séguin On Stokowski

Yannick Nezet-Seguin
Marco Borggreve

As the Philadelphia Orchestra celebrates the legacy of Leopold Stokowski, WRTI's Jim Cotter speaks with Music Director Designate Yannick Nézet-Séguin.  He is among the most sought-after young conductors in the world; in September 2012 he starts his tenure as music director of the Orchestra.

Creatively Speaking
11:11 am
Sat June 16, 2012

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

WRTI's Jim Cotter speaks with Sue Ann Prince, director and curator of the American Philosophical Society Museum in Philadelphia, about their current exhibition Tempus Fugit.

Creatively Speaking
11:10 am
Sat June 16, 2012

Leopold Stokowski: The Man, The Music and The Myths

Leopold Stokowski (April 18, 1882 – September 13, 1977)

David Patrick Stearns considers the great conductor Leopold Stokowski - the man, the music, and the myths - as The Philadelphia Orchestra prepares for its 100-year celebration of their famed music director.

Listen to WRTI between June 16th and 22nd for special Stokowski programming!

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