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
12:02 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Composer Aaron Jay Kernis Honored In Delaware

Composer Aaron Jay Kernis

Philadelphia-area native Aaron Jay Kernis is among the most successful and prolific living American composers. The 54-year-old Pulitzer Prize winner has written music in almost every form except opera and ballet. WRTI’s Jim Cotter reports on a master of melody who this week receives a prestigious local award.

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Creatively Speaking
2:10 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Mstislav Rostropovich's Modern Torchbearer: Cellist Johannes Moser

Russian cellist Mstislav Rostropovich (1927-2007)

This week marks the birth of the celebrated 20th-century Russian cellist and conductor Mstislav Rostropovich. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, one of his recordings with Eugene Ormandy and The Philadelphia Orchestra motivated one of today’s leading concert soloists, Johannes Moser, to pursue his career. 

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Creatively Speaking
11:50 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Performing The Majestic Music of J.S. Bach: A Modern Yet Historical Approach

Conductor Vladimir Jurowski leads The Philadelphians in works by J.S. Bach, Mahler, and R. Strauss on WRTI, March 30 at 1 pm.

J.S. Bach’s 329th birthday is Monday, March 31st. In recent years, the iconic composer’s music has been embraced by period performers, and played less frequently by big symphony orchestras. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, The Philadelphia Orchestra takes a very modern - yet historical - approach to his music in WRTI's Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast on Sunday, March 30th at 1 pm.

The broadcast also features Bach’s Piano Concerto No. 1, and music of Strauss and Mahler.

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Creatively Speaking
11:08 am
Mon March 24, 2014

The Fiddlers of Time for Three: Not Your Average Classical Music Trio

The musicians of Time for Three are (left to right) Zach De Pue, Ranaan Meyer, and Nick Kendall.

Three former Curtis students have been winning over audiences with their chemistry, virtuosity, and ability to think outside the classical music box for over a decade. Zach De Pue and Nick Kendall play violin; Ranaan Meyer plays double bass. Philadelphia composer Jennifer Higdon composed Concerto 4-3 with "Time for Three" (tf3) in mind.  WRTI’s Meridee Duddleston spoke with Meyer last November when the trio was in Utah to perform at a benefit for the Utah Symphony.

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Creatively Speaking
10:45 am
Mon March 24, 2014

"Manny" Ax: A Man For All Eras

Pianist Emanuel Ax
Maurice Jerry Beznos

On this week's Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast on WRTI, we'll hear one of the music world's most beloved and respected classical musicians perform in two separate works. WRTI's Jim Cotter reports on a pianist who is equally at home in the music of today and of centuries past.

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Creatively Speaking
9:56 am
Mon March 24, 2014

A Secret World: Song

Lyric Fest presents a fantastically varied program of American women poets in song on March 28 at Bryn Mawr College and March 30 at the Academy of Vocal Arts.

Lyric Fest, the concert series that's been giving high-concept song recitals for 10 years, is celebrating women poets on March 28th and 30th with concerts in Bryn Mawr and Center City titled "American Women Poets in Song" -  but with new music written by male composers. Maybe the female composers were too busy? The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns discovers that song recitals are a world with few rules.

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Creatively Speaking
1:04 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Joyce DiDonato's Life On The Operatic A-List

Joyce DiDonato

The superstar mezzo-soprano Joyce DiD0nato is one of the world’s most in-demand opera singers. Here she tells WRTI’s Jim Cotter about how her life and career have unfolded since those faraway days at Philadelphia’s Academy of Vocal Arts. She'll give a rare recital in Princeton next week.

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Creatively Speaking
9:00 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Tan Dun: Building on Bela Bartok's Legacy

Chinese contemporary classical composer and conductor, Tan Dun

Hungarian pianist and composer Bela Bartok was born on March 25th in the year 1881. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, he is revered by a prominent contemporary composer who is building on Bartok’s legacy.

Tan Dun's Nu Shu: The Secret Songs of Women was premiered in the U.S. by The Philadelphia Orchestra this season, and broadcast on WRTI in December, 2013.

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Creatively Speaking
6:01 am
Mon March 17, 2014

The Genius of Coltrane: Player and Composer

John Coltrane (1926-1967)

Born in North Carolina in 1926, saxophone player and composer John Coltrane spent over a decade in Philadelphia and then moved to New York. WRTI's Susan Lewis considers the impact of Coltrane, who expanded the boundaries of jazz with a wide range of styles. 

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Creatively Speaking
6:00 am
Mon March 17, 2014

The Rocky Road To Broadway

ROCKY, THE MUSICAL is now on Broadway at NYC's Winter Garden Theatre.

After six films made over 30 years, the mythical Philadelphia boxer Rocky Balboa has graduated to Broadway, with Rocky, the Musical. The Philadelphia Inquirer’s David Patrick Stearns says the old underdog is perfectly recognizable on the Winter Garden Theatre stage. But much else has changed.

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