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
7:26 am
Sun July 4, 2010

David Kim: A Look at the Philadelphia Orchestra's Concertmaster

The violinist talks about the waves and troughs of his career.

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Creatively Speaking
3:00 pm
Fri July 2, 2010

PRISM Quartet--BlobFest--Philly's Historical Interpreters--German Soc. of PA's Hardy Von Auenmueller

As PRISM Quartet celebrates its 25th anniversary, David Patrick Stearns profiles the all-saxophone group that has built a repertoire of more than 100 pieces.

Susan Lewis looks at the way Phoenixville is reinventing itself through arts, culture, and entertainment. The former mill town is getting set to stage its 11th annual BlobFest - an event that kicks off with a reenactment of a scene from The Blob, the 1958 horror movie that made the Colonial Theater famous.

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Creatively Speaking
3:44 pm
Wed June 23, 2010

The 50 Gifts of Art Collectors Dorothy & Herbert Vogel--The Perfect Square--Composer Maurice Wright

Dorothy and Herbert Vogel in 1975
Photo by Nathaniel Tileston

Susan Lewis considers art collectors Dorothy and Herbert Vogel and their gifts of 50 works to museums in each of the 50 states. Susan also looks at related exhibitions at the Delaware Art Museum and Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

Jim Cotter speaks with author Nancy M. Heinzen. Her history of Rittenhouse Square, The Perfect Square, was published by Temple University Press.

The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns profiles Philadelphia-based composer Maurice Wright.

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Creatively Speaking
12:53 pm
Sat June 19, 2010

Yannick Nezet-Seguin--Ancient Rome Exhibition--Wicked Philadelphia, Continued

Jim Cotter speaks with Yannick Nezet-Seguin - the new music director of the Philadelphia Orchestra - and gets reaction to his appointment from orchestra musicians and management.

The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns looks back to Yannick's first visit to Philadelphia in 2008.

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

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Music Features
10:34 am
Thu June 10, 2010

Opera Company of Phila.'s ORPHEE ET EURYDICE--LATE RENOIR at PMA--Piano Sensation Haochen Zhang

Pianist Haochen Zhang

Jim Cotter speaks with Opera Company of Philadelphia Artistic Director Robert Driver about the company's 2010 season finale - a company premiere of Gluck's rarely performed Orphee et Eurydice.

Susan Lewis explores Late Renoir, a new exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art featuring works from the final decades of the artist's life.

David Patrick Stearns profiles 20-year-old pianist Haochen Zhang. A 2009 gold-medal winner of the prestigious Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, he opens the Mann Center season on June 15, 2010.

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Creatively Speaking
4:24 pm
Sat June 5, 2010

Violinist Arabella Steinbacher--ART IN THE OPEN along the Schuylkill--James Hilty's TEMPLE UNIV. 125

Violinist Arabella Steinbacher

Jim Cotter speaks with violinist Arabella Steinbacher. Having previously performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra at Saratoga and on its recent tour of Asia, she makes her Kimmel Center debut on June 4, 2010.

Susan Lewis considers Art in the Open Philadelphia, a new outdoor art festival set to open on the banks of the Schuylkill River in Center City, Philadelphia.

And we speak with James W. Hilty, author of Temple University, 125 Years of Service to Philadelphia, the Nation, and the World.

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Creatively Speaking
9:02 am
Sat May 29, 2010

PA Horticultural Soc.'s Jane Pepper--Pianist Di Wu--The Lenape Nation of PA--Philadelphia on Stone

Pianist Di Wu

Jim Cotter speaks with Jane Pepper who retires in May, 2010 after almost 30 years as President of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.

David Patrick Stearns profiles Di Wu. The Curtis-trained pianist is one of classical music's most talked-about rising stars.

Susan Lewis considers the Penn Museum exhibition Fulfilling a Prophecy: The Past and Present of the Lenape in PA.

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Creatively Speaking
1:03 pm
Sat May 22, 2010

Composer Maurice Wright--Lyric Fest's UNPLUG!--FREIND OR FAUX at the Rosenbach Museum and Library

The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns profiles Philadelphia-based composer Maurice Wright.

We drop in on rehearsals for Unplug!, a theatrical, interactive live sound and song journey through Philadelphia by Lyric Fest.

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
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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