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
8:59 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Dolce Suono: Exploring Music from Russia

Polish composer Mieczyslaw Weinberg escaped from Nazi Germany to the Soviet Union.

The Philadelphia-based chamber ensemble Dolce Suono continues to explore historical connections while pushing its art form into the future. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, the group's founder, Mimi Stillman, believes that music is an integral part of life.

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Creatively Speaking
8:23 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Jazz Is...Drummer Charlie Rice

Charlie Rice

Steady work is a coveted and rare prize among many jazz musicians. WRTI’s Meridee Duddleston visits a force in the local jazz scene who never had a problem getting gigs. Recognized by Mayor Michael Nutter for his enduring contribution to the city’s jazz scene,  jazz drummer Charlie Rice has been keeping the beat for more than 70 years and counting.

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Creatively Speaking
8:18 am
Mon December 9, 2013

A Glorious Tradition: The Fabulous Philadelphians' Glorious Seasonal Sounds

On this Sunday's Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast on WRTI, we'll listen in on a great seasonal tradition. As WRTI's Jim Cotter reports, the Glorious Sound of Christmas is still one of the orchestra's most beloved presentations, both for audiences and for many of the musicians who play it.

Violinist Davyd Booth's relationship with the Philadelphia Orchestra’s Christmas music started years before he would play with the ensemble - at family holiday celebrations and beyond.

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Creatively Speaking
8:00 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Have You Heard...Grassical Music?

The DePue Brothers Band plays a blend of classical, bluegrass, jazz, pop, and American roots music.

The four DePue brothers (Wallace, Jason, Zack, and Alex) were raised on classical music, barbershop, and Bluegrass. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, today they’re juggling work at conventional ensembles - The Philadelphia Orchestra, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and the Philly Pops - with a family-based band specializing in a blend of classical and American grass roots music.

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Where Music Lives
7:23 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Princeton: A Musical Mecca!

Princeton, NJ in winter, where music lives...

Few smallish New Jersey towns have major orchestras, choruses and chamber music performances. But music lives in Princeton: and in many guises, as the Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns now reports.

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Creatively Speaking
5:58 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Hélène Grimaud And The Piano Music Of Brahms

Pianist Helene Grimaud

Animals and nature are as big a part of Hélène Grimaud’s world as playing concertos with the great orchestras of the world. For years, the concert pianist's earnings went into the creation of the Wolf Conservation Center for endangered species in upstate New York. Then, after seven years of living in Switzerland, she's living back in North Salem, New York where the Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns befriended her German Shepherd Chico.

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Creatively Speaking
10:53 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Exploring Debussy and Ravel: Two Great French Masters

Composer Claude Debussy (1862-1918)

Two French composers, who wrote and circulated in the same artistic circles, are still being explored and considered together today. Now, in advance of this week’s concert broadcast of The Philadelphia Orchestra on WRTI, Susan Lewis looks at two masterworks that conjure imagery – one on the land, and one on the sea.

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Creatively Speaking
6:57 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Women of Note and Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra

Jeri Lynne Johnson is music director of Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra.

Now in its sixth season, Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra continues to perform classical music in a way that reflects ethnic and gender diversity among musicians. As WRTI's Susan Lewis reports, an upcoming concert highlights works by three women.

On Thursday evening, December 12, 2013, at Ardmore Presbyterian Church in Ardmore, PA, Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra, led by Jeri Lynn Johnson performs works by Tania Leon, Suzanne Sorkin, and Melinda Wagner, with flutist Julietta Curenton as soloist. Details here.

Listen to Susan's interview with Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra Music Director Jeri Lynn Johnson

Creatively Speaking
6:35 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Symphony in C: Celebrating 60

Harpist Madeline Blood performs with Symphony in C, December 7th at 8 pm

Symphony in C continues its 60th-anniversary season this weekend with a concert featuring the music of Mozart. As WRTI's Jim Cotter reports, the organization is operating under the leadership of a newly appointed president, who has a very hands-on approach.

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Where Music lives
6:19 am
Mon December 2, 2013

The Westminster Symphonic Choir: Singing With The Stars

Westminster Symphonic Choir

Music lives at Westminster Choir College at Rider University in Princeton, New Jersey. As WRTI's Jim Cotter reports, the college's Westminster Symphonic Choir has, for almost 90 years, been performing with the world's foremost orchestras under some legendary conductors, including Leopold Stokowski, Arturo Toscanini and Bruno Walter, and more recently with a college alum who is among the foremost of his generation.

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