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
1:14 pm
Sat November 27, 2010

Landscape Architect Kim Wilkie--Portraits at PAFA--Art Sleuth Robert Wittman--Baltic Composers

Florine Stettheimer (1871-1944)
Picnic at Bedford Hills, 1918
Oil on canvas, 40 5/16 x 50 1/4 inches
Gift of Ettie Stettheimer, 1950.12
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

A conversation with landscape architect Kim Wilkie - the designer of Longwood Gardens' new East Conservatory Plaza.

Susan Lewis considers artists' self portraits and artistic identity with a visit to an exhibition at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

We speak with Robert Wittman. He writes of his years as head of the FBI's Art-Crime Team in Priceless: How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World's Stolen Treasures.

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Creatively Speaking
1:05 pm
Sat November 20, 2010

Sopranos Renee Fleming and Kiri Te Kanawa

Archival interviews with two legendary sopranos: Renee Fleming and Kiri Te Kanawa

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Creatively Speaking
12:18 pm
Sat November 13, 2010

Violinist Midori--OLD WKICKED SONGS--Tindley Temple--ART MUSEUM OPPOSITES

Ahead of a recital at the Kimmel Center on Tuesday, November 16th, 2010, we speak with violinist Midori.

Susan Lewis explores Jon Marans' award-winning play, Old Wicked Songs, as Bristol Riverside Theatre readies a new production directed by the playwright.

Tom Keels explores the history of Tindley Temple in Philadelphia, and its current renaissance.

We speak with Katy Friedland and Marla Shoemaker. They are the authors of Art Museum Opposites, a new children's book.

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Creatively Speaking
12:44 pm
Sat November 6, 2010

Nat'l Museum of Amer. Jewish History--Jaap van Zweden--Visual Artist Adrian Martinez--Making Scents

We look ahead to the opening of the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia on November 26, 2010.

David Patrick Stearns profiles Jaap van Zweden. The Dutch-born music director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra guest conducts the Philadelphia Orchestra this week.

We speak with West Chester visual artist Adrian Martinez who says the town is on the verge of a unique arts renaissance.

And Susan Lewis makes sense of scents with a visit to an exhibition about fragrances at Longwood Gardens.

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Creatively Speaking
2:45 pm
Sat October 23, 2010

PA Ballet's Roy Kaiser--Berlin Phil.: Yannick Nezet-Seguin--Portraits at PAFA--Piffaro Preview

As Pennsylvania Ballet opens its 2010/2011season on October 21st, Jim Cotter speaks with artistic director Roy Kaiser.

The Philadelphia Orchestra Music Director Designate Yannick Nezet-Seguin makes his Berlin Philharmonic debut this week. The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns reports from the German capital.

Susan Lewis considers artists' self portraits and artistic identity, as the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts gets set to open an exhibition of artist portraits and self-portraits.

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Creatively Speaking
4:08 pm
Sat October 16, 2010

Choreographer Paul Taylor--Phila. Mural Arts Exhibition--Tiffany Lamps at Reading Public Museum

Jim Cotter speaks with veteran choreographer Paul Taylor. His dance company performs at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts from October 21 - 23, 2010.

Eric Brannon looks at the latest Philadelphia Mural Arts Program installation that appears not on a wall, but on water.

And Susan Lewis considers the artistry of Tiffany lamps, as the Reading Public Museum hosts an exhibition on the distinctive lighting fixtures that were both objects of utility and works of art.

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Creatively Speaking
3:36 pm
Sat October 9, 2010

Landscape Architect Kim Wilkie--Threepenny Opera--Environmental Art--Symphony in C's K. Thiagarajan

Jim Cotter speaks with landscape architect Kim Wilkie. He's the designer of Longwood Gardens' new East Conservatory Plaza, featuring the first terraced lawn in the United States and the largest indoor green wall in North America.

Jane Pepper explores The Threepenny Opera. The Arden Theatre presents its production of the classic 1920s-era Brecht and Weill musical through November 7, 2010.

Susan Lewis considers different approaches to environmental art, with a visit to the Schuylkill Center in the Roxborough section of Philadelphia.

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Creatively Speaking
11:07 am
Sat October 2, 2010

Two Shakespeare Productions in Philadelphia--Dracula Festival at Rosenbach Museum

Mezzo-soprano Margaret Mezzacappa, an AVA resident artist, appears in Opera Company of Philadelphia's Otello at the Academy of Music.

David Patrick Stearns takes us to two new Shakespeare productions: the Opera Company of Philadelphia's Otello at the Academy of Music, and Macbeth at the Wilma Theater.

As Philadelphia's Rosenbach Museum and Library hosts its annual Dracula Festival, Susan Lewis considers Bram Stoker's famous vampire and his impact on contemporary culture.

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Creatively Speaking
1:15 pm
Sat September 25, 2010

Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia's Dirk Brosse--Fringe Wilmington Festival's Tina Betz

The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia's new music director - Dirk Brosse

As the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia begins it's new season, Jim Cotter speaks with Dirk Brosse, the ensemble's new music director.

And we speak with Tina Betz, co-founding producer of the Fringe Wilmington Festival, in Wilmington, Delaware.

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Creatively Speaking
10:25 am
Sat September 18, 2010

Wharton Esherick Exhibition--Sculptor Sean Kenney's Lego Animals--Jennifer Higdon on The Beatles

Susan Lewis considers a new multi-venue exhibition celebrating 20th-century Pennsylvania sculptor and furniture maker Wharton Esherick.

Jim Cotter speaks with sculptor Sean Kenney. A collection of animals he's created from LEGO bricks is on view at the Philadelphia Zoo.

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

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