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
3:30 pm
Fri January 15, 2010

River North Chicago Dance Co.'s Artistic Director--Time for Three--Wicked Phila.--Video Art at ICA

Jim Cotter speaks with Frank Chaves, Artistic Director of River North Chicago Dance Company. The company is performing in Philadelphia this week as part of a tour celebrating its 20th anniversary season.

David Patrick Stearns reviews the latest recording by the trio Time for Three, and speaks with the group.

In the second part of a companion series to a new book called Wicked Philadelphia, Tom Keels tells the story of the 19th-century occultist George Lippard.

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Creatively Speaking
1:12 pm
Sat January 9, 2010

Jennifer Higdon on the Beatles--FRIEND OR FAUX at the Rosenbach Museum--The Impact of Starbucks

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

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
11:47 am
Tue December 29, 2009

Philly's 'Perfect Square'--Secret Lenape Ancestry--Skin & Bones--Mischianza

Jim Cotter speaks with Nancy M. Heinzen about her recently published history of Rittenhouse Square, The Perfect Square.

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

Jason Peifer delves into the history of tattoos and body art with a visit to an exhibition at the Independence Seaport Museum.

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Creatively Speaking
9:06 am
Sat December 26, 2009

Creatively Speaking 2009: A Year in Review

We look back at the past year in the arts in our region, and bring you the highlights of the news, issues, and events, and the people who made them happen.

We've witnessed great performances and exhibitions, and rediscovered so many great perennial treasures. It's also been a year of change and surprises!

It's 2009 in Review on Creatively Speaking.

Happy Holidays from all of your friends at WRTI!

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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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