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
3:17 pm
Wed July 22, 2009

Frank McCourt--Simeone Foundation Museum--Village of Arts & Humanities--Germantown's History Hunters

Jim Cotter interviewed the late Frank McCourt in 2008.

We listen back to Jim Cotter's 2008 interview with Frank McCourt. The acclaimed author died on Sunday, July 19th, 2009 at age 78.

Jason Peifer takes us to the Simeone Foundation Museum, home to a world-class collection of historic sports and race cars.

Susan Lewis visits North Philadelphia's Village of Arts and Humanities, which evolved from the creation of art parks on abandoned lots into a community-based arts program.

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Creatively Speaking
12:52 pm
Sat July 18, 2009

Sustainability and Civic Engagement--PA Guild of Craftsman--Eileen Perez and Stephen Costello

From Into the Open: Rebar Panhandle Bandshell Flyout. San Francisco, California, 2008.

Susan Lewis looks at a new exhibition at the National Constitution Center exploring the ways American architects are using recycled materials to address social issues.

Jason Peifer explores the role and history of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsman, a 65-year-old organization dedicated to preserving and promoting fine crafts. Their Pennsylvania Guild Fine Craft Fair is on July 25th and 26th in Wilmington.

David Patrick Stearns looks ahead to a performance with the Ocean City Pops by husband and wife opera stars Eileen Perez and Stephen Costello.

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Creatively Speaking
11:09 am
Wed July 8, 2009

Painter Elizabeth Osbourne at PAFA--The City of Nutterly Love--Out on a Limb at Morris Arboretum

We listen again to Jim Cotter's interview with Elizabeth Osborne. Her work is the subject of The Color of Light, an exhibition at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

Jason Peifer previews The City of Nutterly Love: Funny as Bell! A new review by the world-famous Second City comedy company at the Philadelphia Theatre Company opens this week.

Tom Keels takes us Out on a limb - a new installation at the Morris Arboretum takes audiences on a journey through the tree tops.

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Creatively Speaking
10:07 am
Wed June 24, 2009

Curtis with the Phila. Orch.--Skyscapers Spectacles--Ephrata Cloister--Patrick Dougherty's Sculpture

Jim Cotter speaks with artist Patrick Dougherty about his unique creation at the Morris Arboretum

David Patrick Stearns speaks with Curtis Institute of Music students making debuts as concerto soloists with The Philadelphia Orchestra this summer.

Susan Lewis looks at skyscrapers and spectacles - the subjects of two summertime exhibitions drawn from the Philadelphia Museum of Art's collection of prints, photography, and works on paper.

Jason Peifer visits the Ephrata Cloister in Lancaster County, one of America's earliest religious communities and a National Historic Landmark.

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Creatively Speaking
9:33 am
Thu June 18, 2009

Painter Elizabeth Osbourne--A Visit to Winterthur Museum--Hidden City Philadelphia Arts Festival

Elizabeth Osborne
Blaze III, 2004
Oil on canvas; 60 x 60 in.
Courtesy of Locks Gallery, Philadelphia

Jim Cotter speaks with Elizabeth Osborne. The veteran painter is the subject of The Color of Light, a new exhibition at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

Susan Lewis visits the Brandywine Valley's Winterthur Museum and Country Estate, the former home of collector and horticulturalist Henry Francis DuPont.

And Jason Peifer visits the Hidden City Philadelphia Arts Festival. The month-long event brings performing and visual art to historic architectural gems in the Philadelphia area.

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Creatively Speaking
9:34 am
Thu June 11, 2009

Actor Yves Jacques--Philadelphia's Swedish Origins--Community-Based Public Art--Composer David Lang

Jim Cotter speaks with French-Canadian actor Yves Jacques. He stars in the East Coast premiere of Robert Lepage's latest one-man show, The Andersen Project.

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

Susan Lewis explores the power of community-based public art in a newly completed Fairmount Park Art Association project in North Philadelphia.

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Creatively Speaking
10:13 am
Tue June 2, 2009

David Hayes--Secret Lenape Ancestry--The Rape of Lucretia--Independence Seaport Museum

Ceremonial Lenape Meesing ring from Penn Museum's Fulfilling a Prophecy exhibition

Jim Cotter speaks with Philadelphia Singers Music Director David Hayes. His group is hosting the Chorus America Conference - the annual gathering of choirs and choral groups from around the country.

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

David Patrick Stearns previews the latest production from the Opera Company of Philadelphia. Baritone Nathan Gunn and tenor William Burden star in Benjamin Brittens' The Rape of Lucretia.

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Creatively Speaking
3:30 pm
Thu May 28, 2009

Nemours Mansion--Napoleon Exhibition--German Violinist Isabelle Faust--Let's Pretend We're Married

Jason Peifer visits the Nemours Mansion and Gardens in Wilmington, DE. The 300-acre estate was home to the industrialist and philanthropist Alfred I. duPont and recently completed a $39 million restoration.

As the National Constitution Center opens its new show on Napoleon, Susan Lewis explores the "French connection" between America and the Emperor of early 19th century France.

David Patrick Stearns profiles Isabelle Faust. The German violinist performs the Brahms Violin concerto in concerts with The Philadelphia Orchestra this week.

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Creatively Speaking
10:27 am
Wed May 20, 2009

Maestro David Robertson--Possible Cutbacks in PA Arts Funding--Handcrafted Metalwork in Phila.

Jim Cotter speaks with David Robertson. The Music Director of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra conducts The Philadelphia Orchestra in three concerts this week.

As Pennsylvania lawmakers work on the state budget, WRTI's Susan Lewis looks at how the Commonwealth funds arts and culture, and the possible consequences of threatened cutbacks.

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Creatively Speaking
12:09 pm
Thu May 14, 2009

Month of Moderns--Juried Show at Woodmere Art Museum--Kensington's Arts Scene--Penn Treaty Park

David Patrick Stearns previews The Month of Moderns - a series of concerts by the chamber choir The Crossing.

Susan Lewis explores the Woodmere Art Museum's 69th Annual Juried Exhibition.

We have two reports from the Kensington section of Philadelphia:

Jason Peifer previews this weekend's Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby in Philadelphia. In conjunction with the Trenton Avenue Arts Festival, the event highlights the growing arts scene in the Kensington neighborhood.

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