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
5:48 am
Mon December 2, 2013

All About Handel's Water Music

George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)

Handel's Water Music stands alongside his Messiah and Music for the Royal Fireworks as one of the best-known works of a composer who went from operas to oratorios. The now-famous Baroque suite commissioned for a king’s ceremonial boat ride on the River Thames was first performed during the summer of 1717.  Five years later, it was brought inside to London’s Stationers Hall. But whether the audience heard all or just part of the hour-long suite remains a mystery.

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Creatively Speaking
7:48 am
Mon November 25, 2013

An All-Curtis Affair

The Dover Quartet

A new work by Curtis Institute Faculty Composer Eric Sessler debuted recently in Baltimore to popular and critical acclaim. As WRTI's Jim Cotter reports, it will next be performed in Philadelphia by four Curtis alums.

In a Philadelphia Chamber Music Society presentation, The Dover Quartet plays Eric Sessler’s String Quartet at The Kimmel Center’s Perelman Theater on Wednesday, December 4th at 8 pm.

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Creatively Speaking
7:47 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Ocean Grove: A (Coastal) Musical Sanctuary

Ocean Grove Great Auditorium

Music lives in Ocean Grove, NJ. Where else could you come in from the beach and hear an organ recital during the day, and opera arias at night? No wonder Ocean Grove's Great Auditorium, with its soaring ceiling and electrified American flag, has iconic status. Yet the Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns saw lingering Hurricane Sandy damage that's still being repaired and without any help from FEMA.

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Creatively Speaking
7:37 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Ludwig van Beethoven: Ceremonial and Humorous

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

Ludwig van Beethoven, born in  1770, continues to be explored and rediscovered.  As Susan Lewis reports, on WRTI’s concert broadcast on Sunday, December 1st, 2013, The Philadelphia Orchestra will play a rarely heard overture from 1811, and Beethoven’s 8th symphony, composed the following year. Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos conducts.

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Creatively Speaking
6:52 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Lise and Liszt: A Love Story

French pianist Lise de la Salle

A young French pianist performing a work by a beloved composer is featured this Sunday on WRTI's Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast. Jim Cotter reports on the artistic affections for a great 19th-century romantic by one of his finest contemporary interpreters.

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Creatively Speaking
8:57 pm
Sun November 24, 2013

Jazz Guitarist And Vocalist Jimi Odell: The Music Is You

Jimi Odell at home

A musician’s understanding of his artistry often deepens over time. WRTI’s Meridee Duddleston gets a perspective from a jazz man who’s performed for over a half century. Guitarist and vocalist Jimi Odell has been called one of Philadelphia’s best-kept secrets. And even though he wasn’t born here, local jazz buffs proudly claim him as their own. Now in his '80s, Odell bought himself a guitar and an instruction book when he was 19. Looking back he says it’s not an easy instrument to master.

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Creatively Speaking
8:57 pm
Sun November 24, 2013

Music FINALLY Heard: Jimmy Amadie's Jazz Concert at the PMA

Jazz pianist Jimmy Amadie

After injuring his hands, Philadelphia jazz pianist Jimmy Amadie stopped playing for decades. But a CD released this year documents his return to the concert stage, playing live at Art After 5 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Check out the CD here!

Listen to Susan's interview with jazz pianist and teacher Jimmy Amadie.

Creatively Speaking
10:56 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Yefim Bronfman Explores The Genius of Beethoven's Fourth Piano Concerto

Pianist Yefim Bronfman

Pianist Yefim Bronfman speaks with Susan Lewis about the genius of Beethoven.

A celebrated pianist continues to explore the genius of Beethoven’s piano concertos. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, the fourth concerto remains one of the most intriguing masterpieces in the piano repertoire.

Listen to Susan's interview with Yefim Bronfman.

Listen to Susan's interview with Yefim Bronfman this Sunday afternoon, November 24 when WRTI’s Philadelphia Orchestra concert broadcast features Bronfman playing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4.  Also on the program is Shostakovich’s 11th symphony. Semyon Byshkov conducts. 

Creatively Speaking
10:52 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Woodmere Art Museum Engages Community To Help Plan Future

Woodmere Art Museum in Chestnut Hill is planning an expansion.

A prominent Philadelphia art museum in Chestnut Hill is moving ahead with expansion plans. As WRTI's Jim Cotter reports, a meeting with local community members this week will help shape the future of the institution.

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Creatively Speaking
10:34 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Shostakovich and Beethoven and the Power of Music

Conductor Semyon Bychkov leads the Philadelphians in this Sunday's WRTI concert broadcast - November 24th at 1 pm.

Beethoven and Shostakovich grew up in different countries in different centuries. But, as WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, a renowned Russian conductor, leading The Philadelphia Orchestra on this week’s concert broadcast, finds a great affinity between the two musical giants.

Sunday afternoon, November 24, 2013, on WRTI, Semyon Byshkov leads The Philadelphia Orchestra in a performance of Shostakovich’s 11th Symphony and Beethoven’s fourth piano concerto, with Yefim Bronfman as soloist. Susan will interview Maestro Semyon Byshkov at Intermission about Shostakovich's 11th Symphony.

Listen to Susan interview conductor Semyon Byshkov about the connection between Beethoven and Shostakovich.

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