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
3:08 pm
Fri March 5, 2010

Simone Dinnerstein--Phila Singers, Relache & Orchestra 2001--DE Art Museum--Composer Bill Cunliffe

Jim Cotter speaks with Simone Dinnerstein. The internationally acclaimed pianist performs with the Chiara Quartet on March 7th at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns previews a performance by Philadelphia Singers and the new music ensembles Relache and Orchestra 2001 featuring premieres by Philip Glass, Steven Reich, and Joseph Castado.

Susan Lewis profiles the Delaware Art Museum, which continues a tradition of telling stories through art.

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Creatively Speaking
3:18 pm
Fri February 26, 2010

Picasso and the Avant-Garde--Avenging Angel of the Organ World Cameron Carpenter--Wicked Phila.

Three Musicians, 1921, Pablo Ruiz y Picasso, Spanish, Oil on canvas, 80 1/2 x 74 1/8 inches (204.5 x 188.3 cm), A. E. Gallatin Collection, 1952

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

Cameron Carpenter fancies himself as the avenging angel of the organ world. He dresses in white - with rhinestones. He plays with a phenomenal technique. And he wants to change everything. David Patrick Stearns looks ahead to his upcoming concert at the Kimmel Center.

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Creatively Speaking
1:07 pm
Sat February 20, 2010

Jazz Legend Jimmy Heath--A Visit to Rome at the National Constitution Center--Maestro Valery Gergiev

Jim Cotter speaks with Jazz legend Jimmy Heath. His autobiography I Walked with Giants has just been published by Temple University Press.

Susan Lewis takes us to Rome. The latest exhibition at the National Constitution Center examines how the classical influence helped shape America.

David Patrick Sterns profiles Maestro Valery Gergiev who conducts the Mariinsky Orchestra at the Kimmel Center.

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Creatively Speaking
3:59 pm
Sat February 13, 2010

Philagrafika 2010 Artist Duke Riley--Tan Dun Opera TEA--Rooftop Murals Artist Stephen Powers

Rooftop mural artist Stephen Powers' Love Letter

Jim Cotter speaks with Duke Riley. His installation, Reclaiming the Lost Kingdom of Laird, is on view at the Pennsylvania Historical Society, as part of the Philadelphia Philagrafika 2010 festival.

David Patrick Stearns previews the Opera Company of Philadelphia's production of Tea: A Mirror of Soul by the Oscar-winning Chinese composer Tan Dun.

We take a ride on the El in West Philadelphia with artist Stephen Powers. He's just completed Love Letter, a series of 50 rooftop murals.

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Creatively Speaking
12:16 pm
Fri January 29, 2010

Let's Pretend We're Married--Philagrafika 2010--Wicked Phila & the Story of Occultist George Lippard

Let's Pretend We're Married, starring Tony Braithwaite and Jennifer Childs, will be at the Independence Foundation Black Box at The Prince Music Theater from February 2nd to 14th.

Jim Cotter speaks with Jennifer Childs and Tony Braithwaite. Let's Pretend We're Married, the hit show they created for 1812 Productions, returns to the Prince Music Theater in Philadelphia. It will run from February 2 to 14th.

Susan Lewis considers Philagrafika 2010, a Philadelphia-wide international art show celebrating the role of the print in contemporary art.

And as part of a companion series to a new book called Wicked Philadelphia, Tom Keels tells the story of the 19th-century occultist George Lippard.

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Creatively Speaking
9:42 am
Sat January 23, 2010

Phila. Orch. Principals--Phila. Theatre Co.'s GOLDEN AGE--Healing War Veterans--PRISM Quartet's 25th

PRISM Quartet is celebrating its 25-year anniversary. Members include Matthew Levy, Timothy McAllister, Zach Shemon, and Taimur Sullivan.

Jim Cotter speaks with Philadelphia Orchestra principal harp Elizabeth Hainen, and principal cello Hai-Ye Ni. Both are soloists in upcoming concerts under Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos.

Susan Lewis takes us to the Golden Age, a new play by Terrence McNally. The Philadelphia Theater Company production premieres January 22.

Jim Cotter speaks with Gala True, a Veterans Administration medical anthropologist studying the use of story telling techniques found in folklore and oral history projects, to help heal Afghan and Iraq war veterans.

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Creatively Speaking
3:30 pm
Fri January 15, 2010

River North Chicago Dance Co.'s Artistic Director--Time for Three--Wicked Phila.--Video Art at ICA

Jim Cotter speaks with Frank Chaves, Artistic Director of River North Chicago Dance Company. The company is performing in Philadelphia this week as part of a tour celebrating its 20th anniversary season.

David Patrick Stearns reviews the latest recording by the trio Time for Three, and speaks with the group.

In the second part of a companion series to a new book called Wicked Philadelphia, Tom Keels tells the story of the 19th-century occultist George Lippard.

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Creatively Speaking
1:12 pm
Sat January 9, 2010

Jennifer Higdon on the Beatles--FRIEND OR FAUX at the Rosenbach Museum--The Impact of Starbucks

We listen back as David Patrick Stearns explores the digitally remastered CD of the Beatles' Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band with composer Jennifer Higdon. Higdon cites the Beatles as a major influence on her work.

Susan Lewis visits Friend or Faux, an exhibition at the Rosenbach Museum and Library in Philadelphia exploring the value of copies and forgeries.

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Creatively Speaking
11:47 am
Tue December 29, 2009

Philly's 'Perfect Square'--Secret Lenape Ancestry--Skin & Bones--Mischianza

Jim Cotter speaks with Nancy M. Heinzen about her recently published history of Rittenhouse Square, The Perfect Square.

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

Jason Peifer delves into the history of tattoos and body art with a visit to an exhibition at the Independence Seaport Museum.

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Creatively Speaking
9:06 am
Sat December 26, 2009

Creatively Speaking 2009: 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 great perennial treasures. It's also been a year of change and surprises!

It's 2009 in Review on Creatively Speaking.

Happy Holidays from all of your friends at WRTI!

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