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
4:47 pm
Mon March 7, 2011

Clarinetist Anthony McGill--Painter Elizabeth Osborne--The Life and Music of Mozart--The Stoogeum

David Patrick Stearns profiles Anthony McGill. The principal clarinet of the Metropolitan Opera plays a concert celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society on March 9, 2011, and is the soloist in a performance with Symphony in C on March 12th.

Jim Cotter speaks with Elizabeth Osborne. A new exhibition of her work at Locks Gallery in Philadelphia shows the versatile, veteran painter moving in a new direction.

Susan Lewis considers the story of Mozart's life and music as told in Walnut Street Theater's Amadeus.

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Creatively Speaking
12:00 pm
Fri February 18, 2011

Secrets of the Silk Road--Choral Mendelssohn Club--Composer Diego Luzuriaga--Metropolitan Paradise

Metropolitan Paradise: The Struggle for Nature in the City
Philadelphia's Wissahickon Valley, 1620-2020

Jim Cotter takes us to the Penn Museum's latest, newly revamped, exhibition Secrets of the Silk Road. Susan Lewis looks at how the Mendelssohn Club is expanding the concept of choral performance, with help from its audiences.

David Patrick Stearns profiles the Equadorian-born, Philadelphia-based composer Diego Luzuriaga. And Jim Cotter speaks with historian David Contosta and landscape architect Carol Franklin, authors of Metropolitan Paradise: The Struggle for Nature in the City, Philadelphia's Wissahickon Valley, 1620-2020.

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Creatively Speaking
12:42 pm
Sat February 12, 2011

Fiach Mac Conghail (Dublin's Abbey Theatre)--Maestro Michael Tilson Thomas--The SS United States

Fiach Mac Conghail

Jim Cotter speaks with Fiach Mac Conghail, artistic director of Dublin's Abbey Theatre - the national theater of Ireland. Philadelphia's Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts presents the Abbey Theatre production of Mark O'Rowe's Terminus from February 16 to 20, 2011, as part of the Philadelphia Irish Theatre Festival.

David Patrick Stearns profiles Michael Tilson Thomas as the veteran conductor leads the Philadelphia Orchestra in a series of concerts.

Tom Keels looks at efforts to secure a future for the venerable ocean liner the SS United States.

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Creatively Speaking
3:07 pm
Sat February 5, 2011

Interview with Composer Jennifer Higdon--Profile of Multidisciplinary Artist Meredith Monk

Jennifer Higdon and her cat, Beau.

Jim Cotter speaks with Pulitzer-winning composer Jennifer Higdon.

David Patrick Stearns profiles multidisciplinary artist Meredith Monk ahead of a revival performance of her groundbreaking Education of the Girlchild at Bryn Mawr College on Sunday, February 6th.

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Creatively Speaking
3:04 pm
Sat January 29, 2011

OCP's Production of Gounod's ROMEO & JULIET--The Phila. History Museum at the Atwater Kent

Soprano Ailyn Perez stars as Juliet in Opera Company of Philadelphia's production of Romeo & Juliet - set in the world of fashion.

David Patrick Stearns looks ahead to the Opera Company of Philadelphia's upcoming production of Gounod's Romeo & Juliet that casts the Capulets and Montagues - not as feuding families - but as rival haute couture design houses.

Jim Cotter speaks with Charles Croce, the new CEO of the recently revamped and renamed Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent, which tells the story of the City of Philadelphia.

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Creatively Speaking
11:04 am
Sat January 22, 2011

Musicopia String Orchestra--Dolce Suono and the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program--The Stoogeum

The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns looks ahead to a performance by the Musicopia String Orchestra featuring works written by composer Tina Davidson in collaboration with three young members of the ensemble.

Susan Lewis explores a partnership between the chamber music ensemble, Dolce Suono, and Placido Domingo's Washington DC program for emerging singers.

And Tom Keels explores the Stoogeum. The suburban Philadelphia museum celebrates the life and legacy of The Three Stooges.

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Creatively Speaking
12:20 pm
Sat January 15, 2011

Composer Diego Luzuriaga--Civil War at Rosenbach--Mozart's Life and Music at Walnut Street Theatre

David Patrick Stearns profiles the Ecuadorian-born, Philadelphia-based composer Diego Luzuriaga. The Philadelphia Orchestra performs his Responsorio on January 14, 2011.

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

Susan Lewis considers the story of Mozart's life and music as told in a new production of Amadeus at the Walnut Street Theatre.

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Creatively Speaking
12:33 pm
Sat January 8, 2011

Phila. Orchestra's Yannick Nezet-Seguin--Artistry of Tiffany Lamps--Eakins' The Gross Clinic at PMA

As Yannick Nezet-Seguin returns to conduct a series of sold-out concerts, Jim Cotter speaks with the music director designate of the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Susan Lewis considers the artistry of Tiffany lamps. The distinctive lighting fixtures are both objects of utility and works of art.

We pay a visit to an exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art highlighting the restored Thomas Eakins masterpiece, The Gross Clinic.

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Creatively Speaking
9:57 am
Sat December 18, 2010

Creatively Speaking in 2010: A Year in Review

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 them happen.

We've witnessed great performances and exhibitions, and rediscovered so many perennial treasures. It's also been a year of change and surprises!

It's 2010 in Review on Creatively Speaking.

Happy Holidays from all of your friends at WRTI!

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Creatively Speaking
2:06 pm
Sat December 11, 2010

Composer Behzad Ranjbaran's Premiere--Anonymous 4--Composer Bill Cunliffe's Grammy Nomination

Iranian-born composer Behzad Ranjbaran

Jim Cotter speaks with composer Behzad Ranjbaran. Jean-Yves Thibaudet performs his piano concerto with the Philadelphia Orchestra in concerts on December 10, 11, and 12, 2010.

David Patrick Stearns profiles the female a capella group Anonymous 4, who perform in Philadelphia and Elizabethtown, PA as part of their Noel tour.

We speak with composer Bill Cunliffe. He's been nominated for a Grammy for his "fourth stream?la banda" - a work commissioned for the Temple University Symphony Orchestra and trumpet soloist Terell Stafford.

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