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
2:21 pm
Sat September 4, 2010

Philly Fringe Focus on Experimental Theater--Baltic Composers--Mountaineer Conrad Anker

Pig Iron Theatre Company's Cankerblossom is part of the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival
Photo by Kevin Monko

Susan Lewis considers various experimental theater productions in this year's Philadelphia Live Arts Festival and Philly Fringe.

David Patrick Stearns explores the growing international reputation of Baltic composers.

Jim Cotter speaks with Conrad Anker. His 2007 expedition to Mt. Everest to retrace the steps of the 1920s British explorer George Mallory is the subject of a newly released documentary now showing at the Franklin Institute.

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Creatively Speaking
4:47 pm
Sat August 28, 2010

Tony Bennett Profile--Philadelphia Live Arts Festival--Rooftop Murals By Stephen Powers

David Patrick Stearns profiles Tony Bennett. The legendary crooner performs at the Mann Center on August 28th, 2010.

Susan Lewis considers this year's Philadelphia Live Arts Festival.

And Jim Cotter takes a ride on the El in West Philadelphia with artist Stephen Powers to view his Love Letter, a series of 50 rooftop murals.

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Creatively Speaking
1:42 pm
Sat August 21, 2010

Edward Albee--Making Sense of Scents at Longwood Gardens--Philadelphia's History as a Brewery Town

We listen back to Jim Cotter's interview with the legendary playwright Edward Albee.

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

And Tom Keels uncovers Philadelphia's history as a brewery town and explores the city's current beer-making renaissance.

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Creatively Speaking
1:08 pm
Sat August 14, 2010

Environmentalism and Art--Claes Oldenburg--Yannick Nezet-Seguin--Elizabeth Osborne

Susan Lewis considers the intersection of environmentalism and art with a visit to the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education and the Asian Arts Initiative. The two venues are now hosting work by environmental artists from Taiwan.

Jim Cotter speaks with legendary pop artist Claes Oldenburg. The creator of two of Philadelphia's most iconic works of public art, he's been commissioned by the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts to create a third.

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Creatively Speaking
9:41 am
Sat August 7, 2010

Mount Everest Explorer Conrad Anker--Art Collectors Dorothy & Herbert Vogel--Jazz's Jimmy Heath

Jim Cotter speaks with Conrad Anker. His 2007 expedition to Mt. Everest to retrace the steps of the 1920s British explorer George Mallory is the subject of a newly released documentary film from National Geographic, which opened at the Franklin Institute on August 6, 2010.

Susan Lewis considers art collectors Dorothy and Herbert Vogel and their gifts of 50 works to a museum in each of the 50 states, as well as related exhibitions at the Delaware Art Museum and Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

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Creatively Speaking
12:16 pm
Sat July 31, 2010

Phila. Orchestra's Finances--LATE RENOIR at PMA--PHILADELPHIA ON STONE at Library Company of Phila.

Jim Cotter discusses the Philadelphia Orchestra's finances with CEO Alison Vulgamore and CFO Mario Mestichelli.

Susan Lewis explores the Philadelphia Museum of Art's summer show that examines the late works of Pierre-Auguste Renoir.

Tom Keels takes us to Philadelphia on Stone, an exhibition at the Library Company of Philadelphia exploring how local lithographers have depicted their city from the 1800s to the present day.

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Creatively Speaking
12:03 pm
Sat July 24, 2010

Chamber Orch of Philadelphia--The Historical Society of PA--Entertainers of Reading Terminal Market

Dirk Brosse is the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia's new music director.

Jim Cotter speaks with The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia's executive director Peter Gistelinck, who has just renewed his contract for five years. The Orchestra begins its season in the fall with a new music director, Dirk Brosse.

Susan Lewis considers the beginnings, evolution, and contemporary mission of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. Founded in 1824, the Society is now celebrating the centennial of its landmark building at 13th and Locust streets in Philadelphia.

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Creatively Speaking
1:28 pm
Mon July 19, 2010

The Barnes Foundation's New Home

WRTI's Jim Cotter speaks with architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien on their design philosophy for the Barnes Foundation's new home in Center City, Philadelphia.

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Creatively Speaking
4:09 pm
Sat July 17, 2010

BalletX in July--Yannick Nezet-Seguin--Wicked Philadelphia Continues

As BalletX turns 5 years old, Susan Lewis considers the contemporary ballet company and its summer program.

We listen back to Jim Cotter's recent interview with Yannick Nezet-Seguin, the music director designate of the Philadelphia Orchestra.

As part of a companion series to his latest book Wicked Philadelphia, Tom Keels uncovers a notorious 19th-century, grave-robbing scandal that reached from the city's poorest to the highest ranks of its medical elite.

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Creatively Speaking
2:53 pm
Fri July 9, 2010

Claes Oldenburg--The Crossing's Month of Moderns--Bastille Day at Eastern State Penitentiary

Jim Cotter speaks with legendary pop artist Claes Oldenburg. The creator of two of Philadelphia's most iconic works of public art, he's been commissioned by the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts to create a third.

David Patrick Stearns looks at "The Month of Moderns" - a series of concerts by the chamber choir The Crossing at the Presbyterian Church in Chestnut Hill.

Susan Lewis visits historic Eastern State Penitentiary ahead of its annual Bastille Day celebrations.

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