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
3:23 pm
Sat November 5, 2011

Maestro Yannick Nezet-Seguin--Architect Zaha Hadid--Film Curator Kate Pourshariati at Penn Museum

Yannick Nezet-Seguin

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

Susan Lewis takes us to the Philadelphia Museum of Art for an exhibition of product designs by Zaha Hadid, one of the world's leading architects.

And we speak with Kate Pourshariati, curator of Culture Change, Image, and Adaptation, a season-long film series at Penn Museum.

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Creatively Speaking
4:44 pm
Thu October 27, 2011

Leila Josefowicz with the Phila Orch--The Phila Singers, Bach, and the Mendelssohns--Tony Bennett

A conversation with violinist Leila Josefowicz. The MacArthur Fellowship (so-called Genius Award) recipient speaks with Jim Cotter about her new role as artist-in-residence with the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Susan Lewis considers lesser-known works of 19th-century composers Felix Mendelssohn and his sister Fanny Hensel as the Philadelphia Singers prepares a weekend concert In Rittenhouse Square exploring the influence of J.S. Bach on the two siblings.

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Creatively Speaking
1:58 pm
Sat October 22, 2011

Phila. Orchestra's Simulcast Concert with Lang Lang--here. at PAFA--Tristin Lowe at PMA

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Tristin Lowe, American (born 1966)
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David Patrick Stearns looks ahead to an internationally simulcast Philadelphia Orchestra concert featuring the superstar Chinese pianist Lang Lang.


Susan Lewis looks at here., a new exhibition at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts exploring the sense of place in the work of artists from?six different U.S. regions.


Jim Cotter speaks with Philadelphia contemporary artist Tristin Lowe. His Under the Influence, an installation comprised of two interconnected works, goes on view at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on October 22nd.

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Creatively Speaking
9:25 am
Sat October 15, 2011

Tempesta di Mare at 10--Stephen Costello's Tutelage Coach Bill Schuman--Symphony in C'c New Season

Tempesta di Mare: Philadelphia Baroque orchestra, Continuo
Photo credit, Andy Kahl

Susan Lewis profiles Tempesta Di Mare. The Philadelphia-based Baroque orchestra is celebrating its 10th anniversary with concerts featuring fanfares, suites, and a birthday symphony.

The Philadelphia Inquirer's 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 rebuilders - in the business.

And Jim cotter speaks with Symphony in C President Krishna Thiagarajan as the Camden-based orchestra opens its new season.

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Creatively Speaking
2:26 pm
Sat October 8, 2011

Composer Gian Carlo Menotti Remembered--Craftsman Wharton Esherick--Plans for The Crossing Choir

The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns profiles the late Italian-American composer Gian Carlo Menotti.

Susan Lewis considers 20th-century Pennsylvania sculptor and furniture maker, Wharton Esherick.

Donald Nally, artistic director of The Crossing, talks with Jim Cotter about some ambitious new plans for the internationally renowned Philadelphia-based chamber choir.

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Creatively Speaking
11:40 am
Wed September 28, 2011

Wanamaker Organist Peter Richard Conte--The Curtis Institute of Music--Renaissance Wind Band Piffaro

Jim Cotter speaks with Peter Richard Conte, the Grand Court Organist of the Wanamaker Organ. Conte is the soloist in a concert with the Symphony in C orchestra, which is part of the organ's centennial celebration.

Susan Lewis profiles the Curtis Institute of Music, a vanguard in the training of classical musicians since 1924.

David Patrick Stearns takes us to where East Meets West - a concert series by the Renaissance wind band Piffaro.

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Creatively Speaking
10:09 am
Fri September 23, 2011

CARMEN at Academy of Music and Independence Mall--Penn Museum's IMAGINE AFRICA--Zaha Hadid at PMA

David Patrick Stearns looks ahead to the Opera Company of Philadelphia's season-opening performance of Bizet's Carmen. A full house is expected at the Academy of Music with thousands witnessing the performance in a live simulcast on Independence Mall.

Jim Cotter takes us to the Penn Museum for an innovative new exhibition. The look and content of Imagine Africa will evolve over the coming year through visitor and local community feedback.

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Creatively Speaking
4:38 pm
Mon September 19, 2011

Xavier Le Roy's Contemporary Music Concert--Carillons in the Philadelphia Region

David Patrick Stearns explores choreographer Xavier Le Roy's More Mouvements fur Lachenmann, a Philadelphia Live Arts Festival presentation.

Susan Lewis explores the Philadelphia region's vast wealth of carillons and the musicians who make them chime.

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Creatively Speaking
3:33 pm
Sat September 10, 2011

The Fabulous Philadelphians in Europe--Operas at OCP--All About Alan Abel-Photography Show at PMA

Mezzo-soprano Rinat Shaham, a Curtis Institute of Music alumna, sings the title role in Opera Company of Philadelphia's CARMEN.

David Patrick Stearns reports from the Philadelphia Orchestra's European tour.

Opera Company of Philadelphia's new season is previewed.

Susan Lewis profiles legendary percussionist Alan Abel.

Jim Cotter looks ahead to a new exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art featuring the photography of ten local artists.

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Creatively Speaking
11:36 am
Sat September 3, 2011

The Fabulous Philadelphians in Europe--Inside Philly Fringe Festival--Movement Brigade's Dance

David Patrick Stearns reports from the Philadelphia Orchestra's tour of Europe.

Jim Cotter speaks with Nick Stuccio, who is the producing director of the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival and Philly Fringe.

Eric Brannon takes us to Constants - a new site-specific production by the Philadelphia dance company, Movement Brigade. Constants is performed on, and explores the history of, the Schuylkill River.

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