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
1:23 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Manfred Honeck's Musical Journey

The Austrian-born conductor Manfred Hoeneck has led a storied life. His first exposure to music was through learning folk music on the traditional mid-European lute, the zither. As WRTI's Jim Cotter reports, his journey onward from the Vienna Philharmonic to Pittsburgh and beyond is reflected in a favorite symphony by a composer the conductor regards as a fellow traveler.

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Creatively Speaking
7:29 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Violinist Christian Tetzlaff: Letting His Soul Speak

A violinist who has embraced a wide range of repertoire finds music making to be a profound form of human expression. WRTI’s Susan Lewis has more on this internationally renowned soloist.

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Creatively Speaking
5:59 pm
Sun January 5, 2014

Priscilla's Broadway Adventure

Priscilla Herreid

Philadelphia theatergoers visiting New York for Shakespeare's Globe on Broadway may stumble upon a surprisingly familiar sight: Priscilla Smith Herreid, a member of the Philadelphia Renaissance wind band Piffaro, playing shawms and bagpipes to accompany the beheadings in Richard III as well as the comic complications of Twelfth Night.  The Philadelphia Inquirer’s David Patrick Stea

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Creatively Speaking
5:51 pm
Sun January 5, 2014

Pasta, Pesci, and Puccini at The Victor Cafe

Cities beyond Philadelphia may have restaurants with operatic themes and even singing servers, but how many are the outgrowth of a gramophone shop?  The walls of The Victor Cafe are full of reminders of a time when recording artists signed autographs at the shop or came in to sing.

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Creatively Speaking
7:54 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Violinist Hilary Hahn Putting Encores Front and Center

An encore may be played after a scheduled piece, but it’s not an afterthought. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, a new CD set showcases more than two dozen such works for violin and piano.

In 27 Pieces: The Hilary Hahn Encores, is out on the Deutche Grammophone label. 

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Creatively Speaking
5:30 pm
Sun December 29, 2013

The Year in Classical Music: 2013 In Review

The young Latvian composer Santa Ratniece had several pieces of jaw-dropping imagination unveiled by The Crossing in 2013.

As we approach year's end, The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns looks back on the past 12 months in music and finds that Philadelphia has been moving steadily toward the cutting edge.

The city’s year in classical music started with the John Cage Beyond Silence Festival and a new opera titled Wolf in Skins with a stage full of animal/human hybrids. 2013 ends with the U.S. Premiere of a major choral work by Wolfgang Rihm, Germany's greatest but most complicated composer.

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Creatively Speaking
10:10 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Handel's Messiah: A Christmas Tradition Born in the Spring

George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)

Handel’s Messiah, originally composed for performance during the springtime Christian observance of Lent, has become a  contemporary staple of Christmas celebrations in modern America. WRTI’s Susan Lewis has more on this 18th-century oratorio.

On Sunday, December 22, at 2 pm, WRTI will broadcast The Philadelphia Orchestra and The Philadelphia Singers Chorale with soloists in a LIVE performance of Handel's Messiah, direct from The Kimmel Center!

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Creatively Speaking
8:45 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Philadelphia’s First Messiah Concert: The Doors Closed Promptly at 11:00 AM

An 1825 publication by a Philadelphia publisher of the full oratorio, The Messiah arranged for organ.

Philadelphia’s role in the formation of our government is characteristic of a time when the city and its leading residents were forging firsts of all kinds. As Handel’s Messiah is performed this holiday season, WRTI’s Meridee Duddleston wondered when and where those first citizens might have heard the great Baroque work.

Linda Wood is assistant head librarian in the music department at the Free Library of Philadelphia.  She compiled several reference materials relating to the first performance and other early performances of Handel’s Messiah.

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Where Music Lives
8:09 am
Mon December 16, 2013

The Ocean City Pops: Something For Everyone!

The Ocean City Music PIer

As we approach the darkest days of winter, we now take a look ahead to the future dog days of summer as  WRTI's Jim Cotter takes us down the shore, where music lives on the Ocean City Music Pier.

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Creatively Speaking
1:45 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Opera In...An Underground Swimming Pool?

Agave Opera Company's TRIBUTARIES is being performed at Fairmount Water Works on December 14th at 4 pm.

Philadelphia is recognized nationally for being on the cutting edge of non-traditional opera staging. Now, on the heels of acclaimed offerings from the city's largest company, comes a new work from a smaller presenter that is literally taking the opera art form...underground.

Beneath Philadelphia's Fairmount Water Works is the Kelly swimming pool. Abandoned in 1972 after being inundated by a hurricane, it sits just a few feet above waters of the Schuylkill River with just a few inches of concrete protecting it from further flooding. 

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