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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Where Music Lives
7:02 am
Mon November 18, 2013

A Ballerina's Pointe Shoe Paradise...Where Music Lives

The Rosin Box is a little shop on Sansom Street for ballet dancers and anyone looking for ballet accoutrements.

The artistry and athleticism of the ballet dancer can soar with a well-fitting pointe shoe. On a given weekend, members of three generations of the Jenkins family might be on the scene at The Rosin Box,  a jewel-like shop on Sansom Street in Philadelphia, just a few blocks from Rittenhouse Square, where ballet slippers and pointe shoes are sold - and, where music lives.

Dave and Angela Jenkins opened this niche business in 1977, and it has remained family-owned and operated since. Their son Len Jenkins spoke with WRTI’s Meridee Duddleston about this facet of dance that contributes to the beauty we see on the stage.

Meridee Duddleston's interview with The Rosin Box's, Len Jenkins.

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Creatively Speaking
8:16 pm
Sun November 17, 2013

Pianist Marc-Andre Hamelin's Newly Found Treasure

Composer and pianist Leo Ornstein in 1914

This Wednesday’s Philadelphia Chamber Music Society concert by Marc-Andre Hamelin and the Pacifica Quartet at the Kimmel Center reintroduces a piano quintet by a man who had rock-star fame as a pianist in the 1920s. He retreated to composition in the 1930s, ran a music school in Philadelphia in the 1940s and, as The Philadelphia Inquirer’s David Patrick Stearns now reports, continued to be active in music until soon before his death at the age of 108.

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Creatively Speaking
7:59 pm
Sun November 17, 2013

The Evolution Of Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg

Violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg

Her story is, in its way, a great American immigrant’s tale: the Italian-born, American violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg’s career continues to evolve in ways that no one could have predicted.  WRTI’s Jim Cotter profiles an artist who has spent most of her life in the spotlight.

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Where Music Lives
11:34 am
Wed November 13, 2013

Music Lives in Contemporary Ballet on South Broad Street

BalletX's Allison Walsh

There's music on South Broad Street  - and not just in concert halls. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, the Wilma Theater is home to BalletX, a company that continues to use music and dance to push the boundaries of classical forms.   

Listen to Susan's interview with Christine Cox, co-artistic and executive director of BalletX.

BalletX's fall series at the Wilma Theater in Philadelphia runs from November 20th to November 24th, and features three world premieres by Adam Barruch, Gabrielle Lamb, and Matthew Neenan. Details here.

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Creatively Speaking
10:12 am
Mon November 11, 2013

The Strauss Oboe Concerto and Its Philadelphia Connection

Oboist Richard Woodhams

This Sunday’s broadcast of The Philadelphia Orchestra, on November 17th at 1 pm, features a celebrated oboe concerto by Richard Strauss. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, the 1945 work has a Philadelphia connection.

The concert features Mahler's 4th Symphony, Britten's Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Purcell, and the Strauss Oboe Concerto with soloist Richard Woodhams.

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Creatively Speaking
9:39 am
Mon November 11, 2013

The Fun Fiddlers of Time for Three: Not Your Average Classical Music Trio

The musicians of Time for Three are (left to right) Zach De Pue, Ranaan Meyer, and Nick Kendall.

Three former Curtis students have been winning over audiences with their chemistry, virtuosity, and ability to think outside the classical music box for over a decade. Zach De Pue and Nick Kendall play violin; Ranaan Meyer plays double bass. Philadelphia composer Jennifer Higdon composed Concerto 4-3 with "Time for Three" (tf3) in mind.  WRTI’s Meridee Duddleston spoke with Meyer recently while the trio was in Utah to perform at a benefit for the Utah Symphony.

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Creatively Speaking
8:19 am
Mon November 11, 2013

The Resilience of Joyce DiDonato

Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato
David Zobel

This Saturday, November 16th, WRTI dedicates its programming to opera. The now annual "Opera Day" is a celebration of this grandest expression of music and theater.  WRTI’s Jim Cotter profiles Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato; she's not only one of America’s premiere operatic voices, but also one of the hardiest. 

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Creatively Speaking
8:09 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Get Me To The Show On Time!

Interior of the Academy of Music

The lullaby of Broadway is turning into more of a mid-evening serenade. Performance times for theater and classical music are shifting, and getting earlier all the time. According to the Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns, it's not just a matter of time slots. It's a lot about us - and technology.

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Creatively Speaking
2:37 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Opera's Leading Man: Heartthrob Roberto Alagna

Roberto Alagna is back at the Met, and back in the kind of romantic leading role that has made him an operatic heartthrob. The superstar tenor, having recently celebrated a landmark birthday, tells WRTI's Jim Cotter that he's also in one the greatest periods of his life, both personally and artistically. 

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Creatively Speaking
1:44 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Beethoven's Masterpiece: A Symphonic Swan Song

Bass-baritone Shenyang

This Sunday on WRTI, the new season of the Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcasts launches with  one of music's most iconic works. As WRTI’s Jim Cotter reports, Beethoven’s final symphony, completed almost two centuries ago, is still one of the most well-regarded and often-performed works.

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