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 Extra
12:11 pm
Thu January 19, 2012

Leila Josefowicz's New Role With The Philadelphia Orchestra

Violinist Leila Josefowicz speaks with Jim Cotter about her new role as artist-in-residence with the Phila. Orchestra.

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Creatively Speaking
10:42 am
Thu January 19, 2012

East Coast Premiere of Tan Dun Opera 'Tea'

David Patrick Stearns previews the Opera Company of Philadelphia's production of Tea: A Mirror of Soul by Tan Dun.

Creatively Speaking
3:58 pm
Sat January 14, 2012

Beethoven & Phila. Orchestra--Soprano Ailyn Perez on the Rise--American Swedish Historical Museum

Susan Lewis explores the life and music of Beethoven, whose music continues to enthrall modern audiences, and is now featured in three weeks of programs at The Philadelphia Orchestra.

David Patrick Stearns reports on the rise and rise of Ailyn Perez. The soprano, whose career began in Philadelphia, recently starred in the Royal Opera House's production of La Traviata.

Eric Brannon takes us to the American Swedish Historical Museum in Philadelphia.

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Creatively Speaking
4:23 pm
Sat January 7, 2012

Yannick!--Percussionist Alan Abel--A Star Tenor and His Teacher

Alan Abel

Jim Cotter speaks with Yannick Nezet-Seguin, music director designate of The Philadelphia Orchestra.

Susan Lewis profiles the legendary percussionist Alan Abel.

David Patrick Stearns examines the relationship between star tenor Stephen Costello and his coach Bill Schuman, an Academy of Vocal Arts faculty member who is considered to be one of the great voice builders - and re-builders - in the business.

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Creatively Speaking
1:57 pm
Sat December 31, 2011

Creatively Speaking: 2011 in Review

Join us as we look back at the past year in the arts in our region, and bring you the highlights of the news, issues, and events, and the people who made it all happen.

We've witnessed great performances in music, theater, and dance and some stunning exhibitions in a variety of venues. It's also been a year of change and surprises.

Happy New Year from all of your friends at WRTI!

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Creatively Speaking
4:21 pm
Sat December 17, 2011

A New Jean Sibelius Symphony?--Charles Dickens' 200th Birthday--The Kimmel Center at Age 10

Jean Sibelius

As fragments of an unfinished masterwork by Jean Sibelius 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.

Susan Lewis explores the best of times and the worst of times in the life of Charles Dickens. Celebrations of the 200th birthday of the great Victorian-era English novelist are taking place around the region and the world.

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Creatively Speaking
2:42 pm
Thu December 8, 2011

Pianist Christian Zacharias--Flutist Joshua Smith--A Look at Handel's MESSIAH

Christian Zacharias

Jim Cotter speaks with the renowned German pianist Christian Zacharias.

David Patrick Stearns profiles Joshua Smith as the principal flute of The Cleveland Orchestra prepares for a Philadelphia recital.

And Susan Lewis considers the history and continued vitality of Handel's Messiah.

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Creatively Speaking
12:14 pm
Sat December 3, 2011

Soprano Ailyn Perez--Philadelphia Wind Symphony Debut--Symphony in C's Krishna Thiagarajan

Soprano Ailyn Perez

David Patrick Stearns reports on the rise (and rise) of Ailyn Perez. The soprano, whose career began in Philadelphia, stars in the Royal Opera House's production of La Traviata.

Susan Lewis takes a first look at The Philadelphia Wind Symphony. The new ensemble makes its debut on December 4th.

Jim Cotter speaks with Krishna Thiagarajan, the president of Symphony in C orchestra.

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Creatively Speaking
2:49 pm
Thu December 1, 2011

The Opera Company of Phila.--Tempesta Di Mare--Nat'l Assoc. of Negro Musicians--Tristin Lowe at PMA

There's good news emanating from the Opera Company of Philadelphia. We speak with General Director David Devan.

Susan Lewis profiles the Philadelphia-based Baroque ensemble, Tempesta Di Mare.

David Patrick Stearns looks at the National Association of Negro Musicians.

We speak with the Philadelphia-based contemporary artist Tristin Lowe. His Under the Influence, an installation comprised of two interconnected works, is currently on view at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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Creatively Speaking
4:13 pm
Sat November 19, 2011

Rising Local Opera Star Meagan Miller--Imagine Africa at Penn Museum--Insect Illustrations at ANS

David Patrick Stearns profiles Meagan Miller. The West Chester soprano is a rising star in the opera world.

We explore an innovative exhibition at the Penn Museum. The look and content of Imagine Africa will evolve over the coming year through visitor and local community feedback.

And Susan Lewis takes us to an exhibition at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia of the insect illustrations of a world-renowned entomologist.

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