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
2:16 pm
Fri January 16, 2009

Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg--AMERICA I AM--My Name Is Asher Lev--Bass-Baritone Eric Owens

Chaim Potok's novel has been adapted for the stage by Aaron Posner with artistic input by Potok's daughter, Adena Potok.

Jim Cotter speaks with Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg. She performs Bruch's first violin concerto in performances with the Philadelphia Orchestra this week.

Susan Lewis looks at AMERICA I AM: The African American Imprint, a new exhibition at the National Constitution Center that explores the myriad contributions African Americans have made to America.

Jason Peifer visits the Arden Theatre in Philadelphia as it premieres an adaptation of Chaim Potok's 1972 novel, My Name Is Asher Lev.

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Creatively Speaking
10:34 am
Sat January 10, 2009

A is for Art Museum--Fulfilling a Prophecy--Sacred Harp Singing--Philly a Brewery Town?

Philadelphia Museum of Art

We listen back to Jim Cotter's conversation with Katy Friedland and Marla K. Shoemaker, the authors of the children's book A is for Art Museum. We also drop in on an art program for pre-schoolers at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Susan Lewis considers the Penn Museum exhibition Fulfilling a Prophecy: The Past and Present of the Lenape in Pennsylvania.

Jason Peifer explores Sacred Harp Singing, a resurgent a cappella singing tradition that dates back to the early 1800s.

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Creatively Speaking
1:58 pm
Thu December 18, 2008

Davyd Booth--Narnia at Franklin Institute--History of Cherry Sisters--Unsilent Night

The Chronicles of Narnia Exhibition at The Franklin

We speak with Philadelphia Orchestra violinist Davyd Booth about the orchestra's annual Glorious Sound of Christmas concerts.

Susan Lewis explores the science in Narnia, an exhibition at the Franklin Institute. The show is based on C.S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia and movie adaptations.

Jason Peifer talks to the creator and performers of Cherry Bomb: The Worst Act in Vaudeville, from 1812 Productions. The new musical explores the history of the Cherry Sisters and their touring vaudeville act.

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Creatively Speaking
4:56 pm
Tue December 9, 2008

Yannick Nezet-Seguin--The Government Inspector--Philadelphia's Connection with Beer--Andrea Baldeck

Andrea Baldeck, Water Monster Gargoyle on Temple Roof, Photograph, Tibet, 2005

David Patrick Stearns introduces us to Yannick Nezet-Seguin . Philadelphia audiences get their first glimpse of the young French-Canadian conductor as he leads The Philadelphia Orchestra in works by Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky this week.

Jason Peifer visits the Lantern Theater Company as it stages a new adaptation of the classic Nikolai Gogol play, The Government Inspector.

Tom Keels uncovers Philadelphia's history as a brewery town and explores the city's current beer-making renaissance.

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Creatively Speaking
2:59 pm
Wed November 26, 2008

Steve Lopez--Michael Tilson Thomas--The Government Inspector--Settlement Music School at 100

Settlement Music School student Nicole Sauder

We listen back to Jim Cotter's interviews with author Steve Lopez and conductor Michael Tilson Thomas.

Jason Peifer visits the Lantern Theater Company as it stages a new adaptation of the classic Nikolai Gogol play, The Government Inspector.

Susan Lewis considers the history of Philadelphia's Settlement Music School and the many lives it has touched in its 100-year history.

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Creatively Speaking
10:35 am
Sat November 15, 2008

Gustavo Dudamel--PA Guild of Craftsmen--Intercultural Journeys--Commonwealth Plaza at Kimmel Center

"Gustavo Dudamel is one of the hottest and youngest conducting properties around." - The New York Times

David Patrick Stearns profiles Gustavo Dudamel. The dynamic young conductor leads the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in a Kimmel Center concert on Wednesday, November 19.

Jason Peifer explores the role and history of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen, a 64-year-old organization dedicated to preserving and promoting fine crafts.

Susan Lewis looks at Intercultural Journeys, a group that promotes cross-cultural understanding through music. The Intercultural Journeys ensemble has concerts coming up in Philadelphia and Harrisburg.

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Creatively Speaking
4:20 pm
Wed November 5, 2008

Michael Tilson Thomas--Phila. Improv Festival--Philadelphia Virtuosi--Avenue of the Artists

Philadelphia's Camac Street is home to the Plastic Club and Sketch Club

Jim Cotter speaks with Michael Tilson Thomas. The music director of the San Francisco Symphony and artistic director of the New World Symphony conducts the Philadelphia Orchestra in concerts this week.

Jason Peifer previews the Philadelphia Improv Festival, an annual event that highlights the growth in unscripted comedy in the region.

David Patrick Stearns profiles the Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra.

Susan Lewis visits the Sketch Club and the Plastic Club on Philadelphia's Camac Street - the Avenue of the Artists.

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Creatively Speaking
2:19 pm
Wed October 29, 2008

A is for Art Museum--Arts & Quality of Life Research Center--Unusual Acts of Devotion--Angela Meade

A is for Art Museum, by the Philadelphia Museum of Art's Katy Friedland and Marla Shoemaker

Jim Cotter speaks with with Katy Friedland and Marla K. Shoemaker, authors of a new children's book A is for Art Museum. We'll also drop in on an art program for pre-schoolers at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Susan Lewis looks at Temple University's Arts and Quality of Life Research Center, where researchers are working to demonstrate links between the arts and physical well being.

Jason Peifer speaks with members of the Philadelphia Theatre Company and playwright Terrence McNally about his latest drama Unusual Acts of Devotion.

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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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