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
4:22 pm
Sat May 15, 2010

German Soc. of PA Concert Featuring Amer. Virtuosi--Bach's Brandenburg Concertos--Arts and Aging

The American Virtuosi

We pay a visit to the German Society of Pennsylvania. The American Virtuosi plays music by Bach, Chopin, and Tchaikovsky in the final concert in the society's concert season.

Susan Lewis considers Bach's Brandenburg Concertos, as Tempesta di Mare, the Philadelphia-based baroque orchestra, gets set to wrap up its season-long cycle of the works.

And as part of National Older Americans Month, we explore arts and aging.

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Creatively Speaking
12:51 pm
Sat May 8, 2010

Organist Paul Jacobs--Phila. Orchestra: Reports from China--Young Classical Music Idol Competition

Jim Cotter speaks with organist Paul Jacobs who performs at the Kimmel Center on May 8, 2010.

We listen to a compilation of Notes From The Road reports filed by Susan Lewis on the China leg of the Philadelphia Orchestra's Asia tour.

The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns travels to rural China to witness performances by Philadelphia Orchestra musicians for survivors of the 2008 Sichuan earthquake.

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Creatively Speaking
10:46 am
Sat May 1, 2010

Phila Orch in Korea--Leah Stein Dance MILL TONES--ANCIENT ROME & AMERICA--Leah Partridge LA TRAVIATA

David Patrick Stearns reports from Korea on the first week of the Philadelphia Orchestra's 2010 Asia tour.

On May 1st and 2nd, 2010, the Leah Stein Dance Company performs Mill Tones, a site-specific work at Historic Rittenhouse Town, the National Historic Landmark in Philadelphia's Fairmount Park. Jim Cotter speaks with Leah Stein.

Susan Lewis explores an exhibition at the National Constitution Center that highlights the influence of Ancient Rome on American culture.

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Creatively Speaking
9:29 am
Sat April 24, 2010

Pianist Yuja Wang--Historical Soc. of PA-WICKED PHILADELPHIA--Renovated Baptist Temple at Temple

The newly renovated Baptist Temple first opened on March 1, 1891.

David Patrick Stearns looks ahead to the Kimmel Center recital debut of Curtis-trained pianist Yuja Wang on April 29, 2010.

Susan Lewis considers the evolution of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. Founded in 1824, the Society is now celebrating the centennial of its Philadelphia landmark building.

As part of a companion series to his latest book Wicked Philadelphia, Tom Keels uncovers a notorious 19th century grave-robbing scandal.

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Creatively Speaking
12:05 pm
Sat April 17, 2010

2010 Pulitzer Prize Winner Jennifer Higdon--Phila. Orch.'s Asia Tour--Phila. Int'l Arts Festival '11

Photo by Candace DiCarlo

Jim Cotter speaks with composer Jennifer Higdon, the winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize in music.

Susan Lewis looks ahead to the Philadelphia Orchestra's spring 2010 tour of Asia.

And we speak with organizers of the first Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts, which takes place in April, 2011.

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Creatively Speaking!
11:26 am
Sat April 10, 2010

Making Scents at Longwood Gardens--Composer Paul Lansky's New Work--Lego Animals at Phila. Zoo

Susan Lewis tries to make sense of scents with a visit to a new exhibition about perfume at Longwood Gardens.

David Patrick Stearns listens to the influential modern composer Paul Lansky's new work Comix Trip - commissioned by Relache Ensemble.

Jim Cotter speaks with sculptor Sean Kenney. A collection of animals he's created from LEGO bricks has just been unveiled at Philadelphia Zoo.

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Creatively Speaking
9:04 am
Thu April 1, 2010

Charles Dutoit--Shofuso--Picasso & the Avant-Garde--Pianists at the Reading Terminal Market

Jim Cotter speaks with The Philadelphia Orchestra's Chief Conductor Charles Dutoit.

Ahead of the start of Philadelphia's annual Cherry Blossom Festival, Tom Keels takes us to Shofuso, the Japanese House and Garden in Fairmount Park.

Susan Lewis explores the Philadelphia Museum of Art exhibition, Picasso and the Avant-Garde in Paris.

David Patrick Stearns profiles the very talented pianists who perform daily at Philadelphia's Reading Terminal Market.

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Creatively Speaking
2:05 pm
Sat March 27, 2010

AVA Music Dir. Christofer Macatsoris--Jazz Composer Bill Cunliffe--Philagrafika--Artist Duke Riley

Academy of Vocal Arts Music Director Christofer Macatsoris

David Patrick Stearns profiles conductor Christofer Macatsoris, the music director of the Academy of Vocal Arts. AVA is celebrating its 75th anniversary.

Jim Cotter speaks with Grammy Award-winning composer Bill Cunliffe. The Temple University Symphony Orchestra performs his fourth stream...La Banda at Lincoln Center on April 9, 2010.

Susan Lewis looks at Philagrafika 2010, a festival in multiple locations around Philadelphia celebrating the role of print in contemporary art.

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Creatively Speaking
11:33 am
Sat March 20, 2010

Vladimir Jurowski--Kathleen Turner in RED HOT PATRIOT--The Most Loyal Classical Music Audience

Maestro Vladimir Jurowski

Jim Cotter speaks with Maestro Vladimir Jurowski. He conducts the Philadelphia Orchestra in concerts at the Kimmel Center during the week of March 22, 2010.

Susan Lewis looks at the Philadelphia Theater Company's new one-woman show about the late political columnist, Molly Ivins. Red Hot Patriot stars Kathleen Turner, and opens on March 19th at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre.

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Creatively Speaking
11:52 am
Sat March 13, 2010

Chopin and Ballet--Curtis Opera Theatre's Antony and Cleopatra--Philadelphia on Stone

Susan Lewis considers why Chopin's music appeals to ballet choreographers, as Pennsylvania Ballet stages a trio of works on March 13 and 14, 2010 to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the 19th-century composer's birth.

As part of celebrations of Samuel Barber's centenary, David Patrick Stearns looks ahead to performances of Antony and Cleopatra by the Curtis Opera Theatre.

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