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
10:22 am
Sat March 18, 2006

The Philadelphia Orchestra

This week we've news of exciting developments in the Philadelphia Orchestra's summer season at the Mann Music Center. Jason Peifer visits the Media Theatre in Media, PA, as they stage Sigmund Romberg's 1924 masterpiece, The Student Prince. Susan Lewis looks at the history of fine art photography. And we discover how Orchestra 2001 had to travel to Bucharest to find the score and orchestra parts for U.S. debut of George Enescu's Chamber Symphony.

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Creatively Speaking
9:03 am
Sat March 11, 2006

Jennifer Frautschi

A conversation with Jennifer Frautschi. She's in town to perform the Schumann Violin Concerto with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia. Jason Peifer is at the Walnut Street Theater for Trying--the true story of a Philadelphia icon Francis Biddle. We look ahead to Antigony, a new work from the Rebecca Davis Dance Company, featuring a multi-national cast of dancers. Albert Stumm examines support systems for newly graduated fine artists. And in our regular look inside the CultureFiles section of GoPhila.com, Susan Lewis visits The Rosenbach Museum and Library.

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Creatively Speaking
11:44 am
Sat March 4, 2006

The Philadelphia Flower Show

This week we take a walk through this year's Philadelphia Flower Show with designer Sam Lemheney. Jason Peifer examines the role of the theater critic. He'll speak with the Philadelphia Inquirer's Toby Zinman, David Anthony Fox of Philadelphia City Paper, and the Philadelphia Weekly's J. Cooper Robb. Susan Lewis considers why we both love and fear The Bard as The Philadelphia Shakespeare Festival opens its new season.

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Creatively Speaking
1:16 pm
Sat February 25, 2006

Jeffrey Siegel

We speak with world renowned pianist Jeffrey Siegel. The second of his three-part series of Keyboard Conversations, which provide listeners with deeper insight into individual classical piano works is at the Kimmel Center next week. Jason Peifer examines the legacy of Arthur Miller and looks ahead to the People's Light & Theatre production of The Crucible, which opens next week. And in our regular look inside the CultureFiles section at GoPhila.com, Susan Lewis visits the Fairmount Water Works in Philadelphia.

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Creatively Speaking
1:47 pm
Sat February 11, 2006

The Opera Company of Philadelphia

We're at the Opera Company of Philadelphia east coast premiere Margaret Garner. Jason Peifer explores the staging the Temple Theater's latest production, "On the Razzle" by Tom Stoppard. And in our regular look inside the CultureFiles section at GoPhila.com, Susan Lewis visits the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia.

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Creatively Speaking
12:22 pm
Sat February 4, 2006

Daniel Barenboim

This week, a conversation with Daniel Barenboim. The legendary pianist and conductor brings the Berlin Staatskapelle to the Kimmel Center next week. Philadelphia Daily News arts writer Tom Di Nardo takes a look at the latest Peter Nero and the Philly Pops concert series and talks about the state of 'Pops' music. In light of Philadelphia Mayor John Street's $65 million bond proposal for the arts, Albert Stumm examines where funding for arts and culture now lies among the city's priorities.

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Creatively Speaking
4:54 pm
Sat January 28, 2006

Ignat Solzhenitsyn

A conversation with Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia music director Ignat Solzhenitsyn. He conducts a program featuring two of the most significant works in the symphonic repertoire this Sunday and Monday. Susan Lewis explores the power and myths of Mozart -- his ever popular 18th century music is claimed by some to do everything from alleviating learning disorders to better ripen grapes. Jason Peifer previews the American premiere of Novecento at the Lantern Theater Company.

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Creatively Speaking
1:07 pm
Sat January 21, 2006

Christoph Eschenbach

As the Philadelphia Orchestra announces details of the 2006-07 season we speak with music director Christoph Eschenbach about how he selects repertoire and what he's got planned for next season. Jason Peifer explores the creation of Michael Hollinger's new play at the Arden Theatre Company - "Opus." Albert Stumm watches preparations by the U.S. Olympic Ice Sculpting team for the winter games which take place in Italy next month. And in our regular look inside the CultureFiles section at GoPhila.com. Susan Lewis visits Mother Bethel AME.

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Creatively Speaking
2:27 pm
Sat January 14, 2006

Benjamin Franklin's 300th Birthday

On this week's Creatively Speaking!, we celebrate Benjamin Franklin's 300th birthday. We'll listen back to recent features from the CultureFiles section at GoPhila.com. Besides being a great statesman, diplomat, communicator and inventor, Franklin also founded, among other institutions, the Library Company of Philadelphia and Fireman's Hall. We'll also visit the Franklin Institute and Christ Church Burial Ground--Franklin's last resting place.

 

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Creatively Speaking
3:32 pm
Sat January 7, 2006

Christoph Eschenbach

On this week's Creatively Speaking!, the region's arts leaders look ahead to the coming year. Talking about their hopes for 2006 will be Philadelphia Orchestra music director Christoph Eschenbach, Philadelphia Museum of Art director Anne d'Harnoncourt, Kimmel Center president Janice Price, Pennsylvania Ballet artistic director Roy Kaiser, Opera Company of Philadelphia producing artistic director Robert Driver and Delaware Symphony Orchestra music director David Amado. We'll also hear from several local theater artistic directors.

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