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
12:57 pm
Sat June 4, 2011

Philadelphia's American Swedish Historical Museum--Pianist Helene Grimaud--Hedgerow Theater

Helene Grimaud

Ahead of a royal visit and the opening of a new gallery space, Eric Brannon takes us to the American Swedish Historical Museum in Philadelphia.

Jim Cotter speaks with French pianist Helene Grimaud.

Susan Lewis profiles Hedgerow Theater in suburban Philadelphia, which has been forging its own unique artistic path since 1923.

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Creatively Speaking
12:25 pm
Sat May 28, 2011

Crossing's Month of Moderns--Morton Feldman Fest--OCP's PHAEDRA--Christopher O'Riley--Mutter Museum

Composer Morton Feldman (1926-1987)

David Patrick Stearns looks ahead to three cutting-edge events happening simultaneously over the coming weeks in Philadelphia: The Crossing Choir's Month of Moderns Festival, Bowerbird's festival devoted to the music of Morton Feldman (including the composer's six-hour string quartet) and Opera Company of Philadelphia's U.S. premiere of Hans Werner Henze's Phaedra.

Jim Cotter speaks with Christopher O'Riley, pianist and host of the popular national radio program From the Top.

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Creatively Speaking
4:06 pm
Sat May 21, 2011

Mezzo-Soprano Susan Graham--Artist and Designer Roberto Capucci

The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns profiles the world-renowned mezzo-soprano Susan Graham. She's featured in concert performances of the Berlioz masterpiece The Damnation of Faust with the Philadelphia Orchestra on May 27th and 28th.

Susan Lewis considers the Italian artist and designer Roberto Capucci, whose work is now on display at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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Creatively Speaking
3:30 pm
Sat May 14, 2011

Aaron Jay Kernis--Anthony McGill--Georg Philipp Telemann--Civil War 150 at Rosenbach Museum

Composer Aaron Jay Kernis

Jim Cotter speaks with the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Aaron Jay Kernis.

David Patrick Stearns profiles Anthony McGill, the principal clarinet of the Metropolitan Opera.

Susan Lewis considers 18th-century German Baroque composer Georg Philipp Telemann, one of the most prolific composers in music history.

Tom Keels explores a project at the Rosenbach Museum in Philadelphia commemorating the 150th anniversary of the start of the American Civil War.

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Creatively Speaking
11:42 am
Sat April 30, 2011

AVA Resident Artist Michelle Johnson--Smartphone Public Art--Lenape Exhibition at Penn Museum

David Patrick Stearns profiles soprano Michelle Johnson. The Metropolitan Opera 2011 National Council Audition Winner sings Donna Anna in the Academy of Vocal Arts' production of Mozart's Don Giovanni, opening on Saturday, April 30th.

Eric Brannon considers a Philadelphia public art exhibition viewable only through the screens of smartphones.

Susan Lewis takes us to the Penn Museum's exhibition about generations of Pennsylvanians who kept their Lenape identity secret for two centuries.

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Creatively Speaking
2:07 pm
Sat April 23, 2011

Phila. Orch.'s Next Chapter--Andy Warhol (ICA)--Thos. Meany, Flute Society of Greater Phila.

Edie Sedgwick and Andy Warhol at the ICA pre-show party on October 7, 1965. From the Temple University Libraries, Urban Archives

What now for the Philadelphia Orchestra? As Chapter 11 hearings proceed, we speak with the orchestra's board chair Richard Worley, and orchestra cellist John Koen who heads the musicians' committee.

Susan Lewis considers a new exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Art that reflects on Andy Warhol and his first solo museum show at the ICA in 1965.

And we speak with Thomas Meany of the Flute Society of Greater Philadelphia.

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Creatively Speaking
11:33 am
Sat April 16, 2011

Playwright Rogelio Martinez's Wanamaker's Pursuit--PIFA 2011-- Pennypacker Mills--James MacMillan

Jim Cotter speaks with playwright Rogelio Martinez. The Arden Theatre presents the world-premiere production of his Wanamaker's Pursuit as part of the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA).

Susan Lewis considers two early 20th-century artists whose work in Paris has inspired collaborations in this year's PIFA.

Eric Brannon takes us to Pennypacker Mills in Schwenksville, PA for an exhibition of historical mechanical musical devices - the forefathers of modern electronic appliances such as the CD player and the iPod.

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Creatively Speaking
1:48 pm
Sat March 26, 2011

Imogen Cooper--Locks Gallery Exhibition Paying Tribute to Alfred Jarry--Anna Deavere Smith

David Patrick Stearns profiles the British-born pianist Imogen Cooper. She performs Mozart's Piano Concerto No.9 in concerts with the Philadelphia Orchestra on March 24 - 26, 2011.

Jim Cotter looks ahead to a new exhibition at Locks Gallery in Philadelphia. The Insolent Eye pays tribute to the early 20th-century French author Alfred Jarry, who would influence subsequent generations of visual artists and musicians.

Susan Lewis takes us to a Philadelphia Theatre Company presentation of Anna Deavere Smith's one-woman show, Let Me Down Easy.

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Creatively Speaking
11:55 am
Sat March 19, 2011

Settlement Branch Opens, Willow Grove--Dress Designer Roberto Capucci--Astral Composer Aaron Kernis

Settlement Music School, Willow Grove Branch

As Settlement Music School celebrates the opening of its newest branch, Jim Cotter speaks with the school's Executive Director Helen Eaton.

Susan Lewis considers Italian artist and designer Roberto Capucci, whose work is on display at the Philadelphia Museum of Art through June 5, 2011.

And we speak with Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Aaron Jay Kernis. Astral Artists presents the premiere of a specially commissioned work by Kernis on March 20th.

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Creatively Speaking
12:51 pm
Sat March 12, 2011

Secrets of the Silk Road--Camac Street--Phila. Hist. Museum, Atwater Kent--Civil War at Rosenbach

As the Penn Museum winds up its run of Secrets of the Silk Road - the exhibition that almost didn't happen - we speak with archaeologist Victor Mair.

Susan Lewis visits the Sketch Club and the Plastic Club on Philadelphia's Camac Street, known as "Avenue of the Artists."

Jim Cotter speaks with Charles Croce, the CEO of the newly revamped and renamed Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent.

Tom Keels explores a project at the Rosenbach Museum in Philadelphia commemorating the 150th anniversary of the start of the American Civil War.

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