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
6:18 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Pictures at an Exhibition: The Evolution of a Masterpiece

Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky (1839-1881)

A work originally written for piano has become a staple of the orchestral repertoire. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, the most well-known version combines the mastery of two composers from different generations - one Russian, and one French.

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Creatively Speaking
1:55 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

American Playwright Edward Albee: Going Strong in his 80s

Edward Albee

Three-time Pulitzer-winning playwright Edward Albee once vowed to keep writing until he was "90 or gaga."  As WRTI’s Jim Cotter reports, this most celebrated of writers moves one year closer to 90 this week, without yet exhibiting too many signs of going gaga.

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Creatively Speaking
10:43 am
Mon March 10, 2014

A Famous Violin Concerto on a Period, Non-Period Instrument

Violinist Vadim Gluzman plays Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto in WRTI's Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast on March 16 at 1 pm.

On this Sunday's Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast on WRTI, we'll hear a performance of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto. As WRTI's Jim Cotter reports the instrument on which it is being played would have sounded very familiar to the composer.

In 1878 Pyotr Tchaikovsky wrote a violin concerto for the Hungarian violinist Leopold Auer. It was to be performed on Auer's 1690 Stradivarius, which is today the main instrument of the Russian-born Israeli violinist Vadim Gluzman.

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Creatively Speaking
7:46 am
Mon March 10, 2014

You LOVE The Philly POPS...Admit It!

Philly POPS Music Director Michael Krajewski

It was Peter Nero and the Philly POPS from the orchestra’s inception in 1979. But after taking over for Nero last July, Michael Krajewski is creating his own signature as music director.  In the midst of his first season, the in-demand conductor has high praise for the Philly POPs orchestra as he creates his own brand of the fun, entertainment, and surprise that is part of the POPS experience.  

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Creatively Speaking
11:41 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra: Highlighting Diversity in Classical Music

Black Pearl at the Barnes

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. WRTI's Susan Lewis has more. 

On Friday, March 7, 2014, Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra is performing at the Barnes Foundation. The program includes Copland's Appalachian Spring and Piazzolla's Four Seasons of Buenos Aires featuring Luigi Mazzocchi as violin soloist.

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Creatively Speaking
2:32 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

One Program, Three Performances. Same Experience?

Yannick Nezet-Seguin

Yannick Nezet-Seguin often talks about how much his Philadelphia Orchestra performances change and improve from day to day. But in what way? The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns experienced three performances of a recent program – in person at the Kimmel Center on Thursday, on Friday listening to a live WQXR radio broadcast from Carnegie Hall, and finally on WRTI’s live Sunday afternoon concert broadcast.

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Creatively Speaking
10:09 pm
Sun March 2, 2014

An Official Debut For Philadelphia Orchestra's Associate Conductor

Philadelphia Orchestra Associate Conductor Cristian Macelaru
Todd Rosenberg Photography

Philadelphia Orchestra Associate Conductor Cristian Măcelaru is emerging as one of the most promising of the next generation of classical music leaders. This Sunday, March 9th, on WRTI's Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast, we'll hear him conduct his first, regularly scheduled, subscription concert. But, as WRTI's Jim Cotter reports, he may well be one of the orchestra's most experienced in-house debutantes.

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Creatively Speaking
10:05 pm
Sun March 2, 2014

Tchaikovsky's Rococo Variations: A Challenge, Even for a Seasoned Cellist

Philadelphia Orchestra Principal Cello, Hai-Ye Ni

Born in Shanghai, the Philadelphia Orchestra's principal cellist has performed in recitals, and with orchestras, all over the world. As WRTI's Susan Lewis reports, Hai-Ye Ni is the featured soloist on WRTI's concert broadcast of the Philadelphia Orchestra on Sunday March 9th. She'll perform Tchaikovsky's Variations on a Rococo Theme. Written for Tchaikovsky's friend, German Cellist Wilhelm Fitzenhagen, the work - a theme with seven different variations - is a challenge for the soloist, who plays almost constantly. 

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Creatively Speaking
11:24 am
Wed February 26, 2014

A Young, Independent Opera Star: Mezzo Anita Rachvelishvili

Georgian mezzo soprano Anita Rachvelishvili sings Konchakovna in the Met's latest production of Alexander Borodin’s epic PRINCE IGOR.

Few opera singers' careers begin with Daniel Barenboim telling them to prepare the title role for a season-opening new production of Carmen at La Scala. Yet this was how the Georgian mezzo soprano Anita Rachvelishvili got her big break in 2009. 

She had been in a young singers' training program at the storied Milan opera house when Barenboim recognized her potential, and cast her as the iconic, red-dressed, raven-haired heroine.

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Creatively Speaking
1:46 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Yannick's Big 4-0 Celebrated In A Unique Way, And Other Surprises in 2014/2015

Yannick Nezet-Seguin

The Philadelphia Orchestra has announced that next season will include more new works as well as lesser- performed gems from music history. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, the orchestra’s music director is building on the success of - and audience response to -  his first two seasons.

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