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
1:24 pm
Thu December 17, 2009

Phila. Orch.'s Concerts with Double Bassist Emilio Gravagno--Arschile Gorky at PMA--Penn Treaty Park

Veteran double bassist Emilio Gravagno plays his last concerts as a member of The Philadelphia Orchestra this week.

Jim Cotter speaks with Emilio Gravagno. The veteran double bassist plays his final concerts as a member of The Philadelphia Orchestra this week.

Susan Lewis visits the Philadelphia Museum of Art's retrospective on the 20th-century artist Arshile Gorky, whose work is seen as a bridge between surrealism and abstract expressionism.

Tom Keels takes us to Penn Treaty Park. The site celebrates a late 17th-century agreement between William Penn and local Native Americans that made possible the founding of Pennsylvania.

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Creatively Speaking
1:58 pm
Fri December 11, 2009

Walker Plays w/the Phila. Orch.--Phoenixville's Firebird Fest--TU Courses Encourage Arts Discovery

American composer George Walker

Jim Cotter speaks with the celebrated American composer George Walker. The Philadelphia Orchestra premieres his violin concerto this week with Gregory Walker, the composer's son, as soloist.

Susan Lewis previews weekend festivities in Phoenixville. Its annual Firebird Festival is a celebration of rebirth.

And we speak with Temple University's director of general education Terry Halbert. New Gen-Ed programs are bringing thousands of students into arts and culture venues throughout Philadelphia.

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Creatively Speaking
1:10 pm
Thu December 3, 2009

Conductor Yannick Nezet Seguin--Local Offerings in Family Theater--The History of Rittenhouse Square

Yannick Nezet Seguin is, at least for now, the conductor most likely to be the Philadelphia Orchestra's next music director.

David Patrick Stearns speaks with Yannick Nezet Seguin, who is, at least for now, the conductor most likely to be The Philadelphia Orchestra's next music director.

Susan Lewis explores local offerings in family theater, and discusses different approaches to the form at the Arden, People's Light, and Lantern theaters.

Jim Cotter speaks with Nancy M. Heinzen. Her history of Rittenhouse Square - The Perfect Square - has just been published by Temple University Press.

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Creatively Speaking
9:32 am
Wed November 25, 2009

Virtual Tour of Barnes Foundation's New Home--Society Hill Playhouse at 50--Artist Jamie Wyeth

As the Barnes Foundation begins construction on its new home on the Ben Franklin Parkway, we take a virtual tour of the new building with its creators.

Susan Lewis profiles Society Hill Playhouse in Philadelphia. Founded in 1959 to showcase modern theater, it celebrates its 50th Anniversary this year.

And we listen back to a recent interview with the artist Jamie Wyeth. His series of paintings exploring the "Seven Deadly Sins" are now on view at the Brandywine River Museum.

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Creatively Speaking
10:57 am
Sat November 21, 2009

Chamber Orch. of Phila.'s New Music Director--Friend or Faux at Rosenbach--NYC Composer Julia Wolfe

Dirk Bross?

Jim Cotter speaks with Dirk Brosse, the newly appointed music director of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia.

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

Downtown Manhattan composer Julia Wolfe has released an outlandish new album and has a major new work premiering this Saturday at Carnegie Hall. David Patrick Stearns finds out how a girl from Montgomeryville got from here to there.

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Creatively Speaking
4:31 pm
Fri November 13, 2009

OCP's Robert Driver--Phila. Brahms Festival--Renaissance Band Piffaro Upcoming Concerts

The Biava Quartet, including violinists Austin Hartman and Hyunsu Ko, violist Mary Persin, and cellist Gwendolyn Krosnick will perform works by Brahms at Rittenhouse Square's Church of the Holy Trinity on November 14th at 8 pm.

As part of WRTI's "A Day at The Opera," Jim Cotter speaks with Opera Company of Philadelphia Artistic Director Robert Driver about National Opera Week. It celebrates the vitality of the art form as a contemporary cultural expression.

Susan Lewis looks ahead to Saturday's Philadelphia Brahms Festival - three concerts in one day by young musicians from the Astral Artists roster.

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Creatively Speaking
11:01 am
Sat November 7, 2009

Tito Capobianco at AVA--The Mischianza--Pyle Show at DAM-Bringing TU Students to Cultural Venues

Illustrating Her World: Ellen B. T. Pyle at the Delaware Art Museum is on view until January 3, 2010.

David Patrick Stearns looks ahead to an Academy of Vocal Arts production of Verdi's Falstaff with the legendary Met Opera stage director Tito Capobianco at the helm.

In the first of a year-long exploration of overlooked events in local history, Tom Keels explores the Mischianza - a city-wide party held in Philadelphia during the American War of Independence.

Susan Lewis visits a Delaware Art Museum exhibition exploring the art of Ellen B.T. Pyle, a popular cover artist for The Saturday Evening Post during the '20s and '30s.

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Creatively Speaking
2:30 pm
Sat October 24, 2009

Iraq's Ancient Past at the Penn Museum--Italian Conductor Daniele Gatti--Arshile Gorky at PMA

Lyre with Bearded Bull's Head and Inlaid Panel, Royal Cemetery, Ur, Iraq, Early Dynastic III, 2550-2450 BCE, Wood, lapis lazuli, gold, silver, shell, bitumen, H. 35.6 cm. Penn Museum Object B17694.

Jim Cotter speaks with Richard Zettler, the co-curator of Iraq's Ancient Past: Rediscovering Ur's Royal Cemetery, a new exhibition opening on October 25th at the Penn Museum.

David Patrick Sterns profiles the controversial Italian conductor Daniele Gatti. He leads the Philadelphia Orchestra in a series of concerts this week.

Susan Lewis explores the Philadelphia Museum of Art's new retrospective on 20th-century American artist Arshile Gorky, whose work was a bridge between surrealism and abstract expressionism.

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Creatively Speaking
10:33 am
Sat October 17, 2009

Bassoonist Daniel Matsukawa--Brandenberg Concertos by Tempesta di Mare--Amer. Swedish Hist. Museum

Daniel Matsukawa is Principal Bassoon with The Philadelphia Orchestra.

Jim Cotter speaks with The Philadelphia Orchestra's Principal Bassoon Daniel Matsukawa. He's the soloist this week for performances of Mozart's Bassoon Concerto at the Kimmel Center.

Susan Lewis considers performances of Bach's Brandenburg Concertos by Tempesta di Mare, the Philadelphia-based Baroque orchestra.

Jason Peifer explores Philadelphia's Swedish origins with a visit to the American Swedish Historical Museum.

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Creatively Speaking
9:08 am
Wed October 7, 2009

The Art of Jun Kaneko--Composer Michael Hersch--EVERYTHING BUT THE COFFEE Author Bryant Simon

Jun Kaneko designs the fabrics for costumes worn in Opera Company of Philadelphia's production of Madama Butterfly.

Susan Lewis considers the art of Jun Kaneko, whose costumes and sets are featured in Madama Butterfly, the Opera Company of Philadelphia's latest production. Kaneko's sculptures are on view in four different venues around the city.

David Patrick Stearns speaks with Michael Hersch. The Philadelphia-based composer has a world-premiere performance of an evening-length work for French horn and cello coming up, and a CD of his cello sonatas being released soon.

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