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
4:50 pm
Sat October 25, 2008

Concertmaster David Kim--PA Ballet In Training--Pianist Andras Schiff--Sacred Harp Singing

David Kim

Jim Cotter speaks with David Kim. The Philadelphia Orchestra celebrates his 10th anniversary as its concert master in a series of performances this week.

As Pennsylvania Ballet prepares to open its 45th season, Susan Lewis looks at the company's summer excursion to a prolific training ground for new dancers in rural Pennsylvania.

David Patrick Stearns profiles Andras Schiff and his current Beethoven sonata odyssey.

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Creatively Speaking
4:50 pm
Sat October 18, 2008

One Book, One Philadelphia--Delaware Art Museum--Traditions of Folk Art--OCP's Fidelio

One Book, One Philadelphia has chosen The Soloist, by Steve Lopez as the 2009 featured book.

Jim Cotter speaks with author Steve Lopez. His story of destitute musician Nathaniel Ayers is this year's selection for One Book, One Philadelphia.

Susan Lewis considers the Delaware Art Museum, a museum of stories with its own tale to tell.

Jason Peifer explores how the skills and traditions of folk art are being passed on through apprenticeships.

David Patrick Stearns takes us to the Opera Company of Philadelphia's production of Beethoven's Fidelio.

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Creatively Speaking
11:27 am
Fri October 10, 2008

Krzysztof Penderecki--In Conflict--The Rebirth of Memorial Hall--Academy of Music in a New Light

Memorial Hall

David Patrick Stearns looks at the life and work of the Polish composer and conductor Krzysztof Penderecki. The Philadelphia Orchestra is celebrating his 75th birthday with a series of concerts.

Jason Peifer reports on the journey of the play In Conflict--from Temple University to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to a current off-Broadway production.

Susan Lewis visits Memorial Hall, a Philadelphia National Historic Landmark now restored and reopening as the new home of the Please Touch Museum.

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Creatively Speaking
11:41 am
Sat October 4, 2008

Philly's Arts & Culture Czar--The Demuth Museum--Fidelio at Opera Company of Philadelphia

Gary Steuer

Jim Cotter speaks with Gary Steuer as he begins work as director of the City of Philadelphia's Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy.

We listen back to Jason Peifer's feature on the Demuth Museum in Lancaster, PA.  The museum's permanent collection highlights the life and works of early 20th century painter Charles Demuth, a lifelong resident of Lancaster County. The museum is currently featuring The Philadelphia Ten On The Road: The Rotary Exhibit until November 2.

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Creatively Speaking
4:08 pm
Sat September 27, 2008

The Wanamaker Organ in Concert--In Search of Missing Masters--Stoppard's Rock 'n Roll

Ahead of a historic performance with the Philadelphia Orchestra at Macy's Center City Philadelphia, Jim Cotter speaks with Peter Richard Conte, the Grand Court Organist of the Wanamaker Organ, and co-host of WRTI's Wanamaker Organ Hour.

David Patrick Stearns looks back on the history of the Wanamaker Organ and explores the workings of the world's largest functioning musical instrument.

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Creatively Speaking
9:54 am
Thu September 18, 2008

Frank Stella--Fulfilling a Prophecy at Penn Museum--Candide--Quilt Exhibition at PMA

Frank Stella, 1964

Jim Cotter speaks with Frank Stella, the prolific painter, printmaker, sculptor, and muralist.

Susan Lewis takes us to a new Penn Museum exhibition - Fulfilling a Prophecy: The Past and Present of the Lenape in Pennsylvania.

In the second of a two-part series, David Patrick Stearns looks at the history of Leonard Bernstein's Candide and a production now at the Arden Theatre in Philadelphia.

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Creatively Speaking
2:12 pm
Sat September 13, 2008

Vanished Gardens--Bernstein's Candide revamped--America's Oldest Theatre

Jim Cotter speaks with writer Sharon White. The Temple University professor's latest book Vanished Gardens: Finding Nature in Philadelphia, is published this month.

In the first of a two-part report, David Patrick Stearns examines the history of Leonard Bernstein's Candide. A production opens this week at the Arden Theatre Company in Philadelphia.

Jason Peifer explores the rich history of Philadelphia's Walnut Street Theatre, which is now in its 200th season.

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Creatively Speaking
12:13 pm
Sat September 6, 2008

Piffaro in the Netherlands--Feria del Barrio--Peace, Liberty, and Independence

Benjamin West, American Commissioners of the Preliminary Peace Agreement with Great Britain, 1783-1784, London, England, Oil on canvas. Courtesy, Winterthur, gift of Henry Francis du Pont.

David Patrick Stearns reports from the Netherlands on performances by the Philadelphia-based wind band Piffaro at the prestigious Utrecht Early Music Festival.

Jason Peifer takes a look at Latino arts and culture in Philadelphia as the North Kensington neighborhood prepares to celebrate the 25th Annual "Feria del Barrio" (The festival of the community) this weekend.

Susan Lewis looks at an upcoming exhibition commemorating the 225th anniversary of the Treaty of Paris at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in collaboration with the American Revolution Center.

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Creatively Speaking
12:24 pm
Sat August 30, 2008

Pianist and Broadcaster Christopher O'Riley--Traditions of Folk Art--All About the Philadelphia Zoo

Gus is a new arrival at the Philadelphia Zoo

We listen back to Jim Cotter's interview with pianist and broadcaster Christopher O'Riley.

Jason Peifer explores how the skills and traditions of folk art are being passed on through apprenticeships.

Susan Lewis considers the history and contemporary mission of the Philadelphia Zoo, the nation's first zoological garden.

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Creatively Speaking
2:18 pm
Sat August 23, 2008

Musicians from a Different Shore--Charles Demuth Museum--Ocean Grove Pipe Organ--Rhythms of India

We listen back to Jim Cotter's interview with Mari Yoshihara, author of Musicians from a Different Shore.

Jason Peifer visits the Charles Demuth Museum in Lancaster.

David Patrick Stearns looks back on the 100-year history of the Grand Pipe Organ in Ocean Grove, New Jersey.

Susan Lewis takes a walk through Rhythms of India: The Art of Nandalal Bose, an exhibition currently at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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