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
3:14 pm
Sat November 11, 2006

Ed Harris

This week, a conversation with the actor Ed Harris. He's the star of a new Copying Beethoven, a fictional retelling of the great composer's last years. Susan Lewis looks at how non-profits are reinventing commercial movie houses as neighborhood cinemas for art films and documentaries. We look at one man's collection of films and his efforts to share these celluloid treasures with the viewing public, many of which without him, would have vanished. Jason Peifer provides a glimpse into the Pig Iron Theater Company's process of developing new work.

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Creatively Speaking
1:42 pm
Sat November 4, 2006

Jane Golden

This week, a conversation with Philadelphia Mural Arts Program Director Jane Golden. A new book documenting the programs recent successes has just been published; Jason Peifer looks at the role of theater set designers; Susan Lewis examines how we define fine art photography; and in our regular exploration of the CultureFiles section at GoPhila.com we visit the Historic Fallsington.

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Creatively Speaking
1:57 pm
Sat October 28, 2006

Jeanette Lerman

This week, a conversation with film-maker Jeanette Lerman. Her documentary The Upside of Memory opens this year's Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival; Susan Lewis looks ahead to the opening of the Opera Company of Philadelphia's season; and Jason Peifer visits the InterAct Theatre Company as they stage Kiss of the Spider Woman.

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Creatively Speaking
2:04 pm
Sat October 21, 2006

Otto Werner Mueller

This week, Otto Werner Mueller at 80. Ahead of birthday celebrations at the Kimmel Center on Sunday, we speak with the veteran conductor and educator about his life in music; Jason Peifer looks ahead to this year's Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theatre; the expansion of the Pennsylvania Convention Center will be the state's largest capital project ever. We look at the fate of artists and arts organizations that'll lose their work spaces to accommodate the $632m project; Susan Lewis sits in on an unusual music master-class.

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Creatively Speaking
11:51 am
Sat October 14, 2006

Joyce El-Khoury

This week, a conversation with Joyce El-Khoury. the first year Academy of Vocal Arts resident artist is the winner of this year's Giargiari & Son, Bel Canto Competition; As the second and final weekend of Philadelphia Open Studio Tours approaches, Susan Lewis talks to artists about making art -- and visits them in the spaces where they create it; Jason Peifer visits the touring company of Dublin's Gate Theatre. As part of their Samuel Beckett Centenary Festival, they're staging Waiting for Godot in Philadelphia.

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Creatively Speaking
1:28 pm
Sat October 7, 2006

Joanne Falletta

This week,  a conversation with JoAnn Falletta. Susan Lewis visits Look Again. We examine the fate of artists and arts organizations that'll lose their work spaces to accommodate the expansion of the Pennsylvania Convention Center.  We speak with architect Bernard Cywinski, the creator of the Liberty Bell Center.

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Creatively Speaking
11:31 am
Sat September 30, 2006

Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and Clarice Assad

This week we speak with violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and composer Clarice Assad. Salerno-Sonnenberg is the soloist for performances of Assad's violin concerto by the Philadelphia Orchestra; We look ahead to the 215 Festival: Philadelphia's unique celebration of writers and words; Jason Peifer previews a Palestinian/Jewish Israeli Theater Initiative that will be touring the region.

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Creatively Speaking
9:35 am
Sat September 23, 2006

The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia

This week, we look ahead to the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia's season opening celebration of the Shostakovich centenary and speak with Music Director Ignat Solzhenitsyn. Susan Lewis takes us through Treasures: The Arts in Latin America, 1492-1820 the latest exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art; Jason Peifer visits the Arden Theatre Company as they open their season with an adaptation of the John Irving novel, A Prayer for Owen Meany.

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Creatively Speaking
12:23 pm
Sat September 16, 2006

The 3rd Street Art Gallery

We look at a show where anonymous personal confessions collected in drop boxes on the street, are displayed at the 3rd Street art gallery in old city Philadelphia; Jason Peifer visits People's Light & Theater Company in Malvern, PA as they open Moliere's last play, The Imaginary Invalid; Susan Lewis previews "Look Again," a new exhibition at the Rosenbach Museum and Library exploring African American history as integral to American history.

Creatively Speaking
11:56 am
Sat September 9, 2006

The Brandywine River Museum

This week, we look ahead to a new exhibition at the Brandywine River Museum. Factory Work examines the relationship between Pop artist Andy Warhol and realist painter Jamie Wyeth and graffiti artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. Jason Peifer speaks with the composer of "Windy City," the first show of the Walnut Street Theater's new season; Susan Lewis looks back on two weeks accompanying the Philadelphia Orchestra on its recent tour of Europe's summer music festivals.

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