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
4:35 pm
Sat May 31, 2008

Paul Taylor--West Chester Univ. Poetry--I Have Before Me A Remarkable Document--Brandywine Baroque

David Ingram and Miriam Hyman in I Have Before Me A Remarkable Document Given To Me By A Young Lady From Rwanda
Photo by Mark Garvin

Jim Cotter speaks with the veteran choreographer Paul Taylor. His world-renowned dance company will visit Philadelphia for a series of performances at the Annenberg Center.

Susan Lewis looks at the upcoming West Chester University Poetry Conference, now in its 14th year.

Jason Peifer visits the People's Light & Theatre as it stages I Have Before Me A Remarkable Document Given To Me By A Young Lady From Rwanda. The play was written in response to playwright Sonja Linden's interactions with refugees of the 1994 Rwandan genocide.

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Creatively Speaking
2:39 pm
Sat May 24, 2008

The Historic Boyd Theatre--Settlement Music School's Centennial--The Arden Theatre's Our Town

Boyd Theatre, 1928

Jim Cotter on Philadelphia's Boyd Theater. The National Trust for Historic Preservation has named the art deco building on its 2008 list of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places. It will be sold to a private investor next week who could, under an existing demolition permit, order its destruction.

Susan Lewis looks at Philadelphia's Settlement Music School, now celebrating its centennial.

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Creatively Speaking
12:53 pm
Sat May 10, 2008

Student Exhibitions at PAFA--Cirque du Soleil's Kooza--Reconsidering Telemann

Annual Student Exhibition at PAFA

Jim Cotter takes a walk through the Annual Student Exhibition at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

Jason Peifer visits the Cirque du Soliel village in Philadelphia, as the Quebec-based company stages their latest touring work, Kooza, on the Avenue of the Arts.

Susan Lewis considers 18th century German Baroque composer Georg Philipp Telemann, said to be the most prolific composer in music history.

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Creatively Speaking
4:05 pm
Sat May 3, 2008

Conductor Christoph Eschenbach -- <em>Eurydice</em> at the Wilma -- Delaware Museum of Art

Christoph Eschenbach

Jim Cotter speaks with Christoph Eschenbach -- now in his final weeks as music director of The Philadelphia Orchestra.

Jason Peifer takes us to the underworld of Eurydice, by Sarah Ruhl, at the Wilma Theater in Philadelphia. An original score from Toby Twining was composed for the Wilma's production of the play.

Susan Lewis visits the Delaware Art Museum which uses art to both tell and inspire stories.

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Creatively Speaking
12:14 pm
Sat April 26, 2008

Steve Lopez--Fashioning Kimono at the Philadelphia Museum of Art--Leon Fleisher performs Hindemith

'The Soloist' by Steve Lopez

Jim Cotter speaks with author Steve Lopez.  His story of destitute musician Nathaniel Ayers is being made into a film starring Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey, Jr.

Susan Lewis takes us to Fashioning Kimono: Art Deco and Modernism in Japan, a new exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

David Patrick Stearns looks ahead to Leon Fleisher's performance of Paul Hindemith's Piano Concerto for the Left Hand with Christoph Eschenbach conducting the Curtis Symphony.

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Creatively Speaking
10:04 am
Sat April 19, 2008

Arts Education in Philly--Bernstein's "Kaddish" Symphony--Animal Farm at Mum Puppettheater

Leonard Bernstein

Jim Cotter leads a conversation about arts education in Philadelphia's public school system.

David Patrick Stearns on Leonard Bernstein's third, "Kaddish", symphony.

Jason Peifer previews Mum Puppettheater's interpretation of George Orwell's classic novel Animal Farm.

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Creatively Speaking
12:30 pm
Fri April 11, 2008

Benjamin West--Lyric Fest--Benjamin Rush's Birthplace--The Philadelphia Antiques Show

The Fatal Wounding of Sir Philip Sidney, Benjamin West, 1805 Oil on canvas

Jim Cotter visits the Woodmere Art Museum in Chestnut Hill to explore the work of Benjamin West a colonial-era superstar artist.

Susan Lewis considers Lyric Fest and its upcoming recital of songs written by composers with Philadelphia connections.

Historian Thomas Keels delves into the 1960s destruction of the birthplace of Benjamin Rush; Philadelphia's forgotten founding father.

Jason Peifer takes us to the 47th Annual Philadelphia Antiques Show.

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Creatively Speaking
10:53 am
Thu April 3, 2008

Philadelphia Museum of Art--Pianist Yuja Wang--Eastern State Penitentiary--Cherry Blossom Festival

Liberty Series: A Dream of Birds, 2007, by Katie Baldwin

We look ahead to a new exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art featuring the works of some talented, young, local artists.

Philadelphia Inquirer music critic David Patrick Stearns profiles pianist Yuja Wang. The fast-rising star is the soloist when the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields performs at the Kimmel Center next week.

Susan Lewis visits historic Eastern State Penitentiary, now planning the renovation of a synagogue within its walls.

Jason Peifer looks ahead to the year's Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia.

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Creatively Speaking
11:55 am
Thu March 27, 2008

Rudolf Buchbinder--The Clay Studio--Nina Jablonski and The Evolution of Skin Color--Joyce DiDonato

Pianist Rudolf Buchbinder

Jim Cotter speaks with pianist Rudolf Buchbinder.  He performs Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4 with the Philadelphia Orchestra this week.

Susan Lewis takes us to The Clay Studio in Philadelphia, a regional hub for ceramics education, creation, and exhibition.

A conversation with anthropologist Nina Jablonski.  She lectures about The Evolution of Human Skin Color at the Wagner Free Institute of Science on Saturday.

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Creatively Speaking
12:29 pm
Sat March 22, 2008

Sculptor Susan Opie--Wendy Wasserstein's Third--BalletX's Right to Spring

Susan Opie, Grasshopper and Dragonfly, 2001

Bucks County artist Susan Opie walks us through her works of bugs and critters, now on view in the outdoor sculpture garden at the Michener Art Museum in Doylestown. The museum's ongoing Outdoor Sculpture Program features the works of contemporary American sculptors.

Jason Peifer examines the life and theatrical works of the late Wendy Wasserstein. Her final play, Third, is being produced by the Philadelphia Theater Company. Third will be performed at PTC's new home, the Suzanne Roberts Theatre.

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