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
11:03 am
Sat August 13, 2011

Insect Illustrations (ANS)--Maestro Jaap Van Zweden--Historical Musical Devices at Pennypacker Mills

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

David Patrick Stearns profiles the Dutch-born music director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Jaap Van Zweden.

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

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Creatively Speaking
2:32 pm
Sat August 6, 2011

Soprano Meagan Miller--Philadelphia's Hedgerow Theatre--The Berks Opera Workshop

David Patrick Stearns profiles Meagan Miller. The West Chester soprano is a rising star in the world opera. Susan Lewis profiles Hedgerow Theatre in Media Pennsylvania, which has been forging its own unique artistic path since 1923. And Jim Cotter speaks with Francine Black and her daughter Tamara Black, founders and directors of Berks Opera Workshop.

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Creatively Speaking
11:24 am
Thu July 28, 2011

The Late Gian Carlo Menotti--Andy Warhol Exhibition at ICA--The SS United States Ocean Liner

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

Susan Lewis considers an exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Art that looks back at Andy Warhol's first solo museum show at the ICA in 1965.

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

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Creatively Speaking
1:11 pm
Fri July 22, 2011

Philadelphia-Based Chamber Choir THE CROSSING--Int'l House--The Natl Assoc. of Negro Musicians

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

Susan Lewis takes us to International House. Originating in Philadelphia, the multicultural residential center now has branches in more than 20 locations around the world.

David Patrick Stearns profiles the National Association of Negro Musicians. Its 92nd Annual Convention takes place in Philadelphia.

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Creatively Speaking
11:13 am
Fri July 15, 2011

Aaron Jay Kernis--Anthony McGill--Georg Philipp Telemann--Rosenbach Museum's Civil War Project

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

Tom Keels explores the Rosenbach Museum's commemorations of the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War.

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Creatively Speaking
12:27 pm
Fri June 24, 2011

Marc Chagall Exhibition at PMA--Mezzo-Soprano Susan Graham--Phoenixville's BLOB FEST

Jim Cotter speaks with Michael Taylor, curator of a Philadelphia Museum of Art exhibition devoted to the works of Marc Chagall and his early 20th-century contemporaries in Paris.

David Patrick Stearns profiles the world-renowned mezzo-soprano Susan Graham.

And Susan Lewis looks at the way Phoenixville is reinventing itself through arts, culture and entertainment. The former mill town is getting set to stage its 12th annual Blobfest - an event that kicks off with a reenactment of a scene from the 1958 horror movie that made the Colonial Theater famous, The Blob

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Creatively Speaking
2:55 pm
Sat June 18, 2011

Local Composer Diego Luzuriaga--Public Art Exhibition Via Smart Phones--Ella Fitzgerald Snapshot

Composer Diego Luzuriaga

David Patrick Stearns profiles the Ecuadorian-born, Philadelphia-based composer Diego Luzuriaga.

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

Susan Lewis takes a look at the life and music of the great jazz vocalist Ella Fitzgerald.

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Creatively Speaking
11:29 am
Sat June 11, 2011

Victorian-Era Painter William T. Trego--Pianist Rudolf Buchbinder--Evolution of Hist. Society of PA

Eric Brannon profiles William T. Trego. The Michener Museum in Doylestown is hosting the first-ever retrospective of the little-remembered Pennsylvania Victorian-era painter.

Jim Cotter speaks with the Austrian pianist Rudolf Buchbinder.

Susan Lewis considers the beginnings, evolution, and contemporary mission of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

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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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