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Creatively Speaking
1:01 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Cellist's Emerson Quartet Swan Song Opens New Musical Vistas

Cellist David Finckel

David Finckel was a member of the Emerson Quartet for over 30 years. In that time, the ensemble garnered a reputation as one of the world’s finest chamber ensembles. As the celebrated cellist leaves the group behind, WRTI’s Jim Cotter reports that it - and he - will endure.

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Creatively Speaking
7:59 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Touring Historical Philadelphia: Beyond The Liberty Bell

Visitors on a Mural Arts Tour
R. Kennedy

Philadelphia is world renowned for its role in the birth of America. But the city has a rich history from before and after that time. Professional tour guides play an integral part in sharing Philadelphia's stories with thousands of visitors each year..and there are many stories to tell.

Listen to Susan's interview with Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides President Bob Skiba.

Creatively Speaking
9:08 pm
Sun June 30, 2013

Santa Brings Musical Gifts To The Crossing Choir

Composer Santa Ratniece

Composer Santa Ratniece speaks with The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns.

The Crossing Choir regularly finds itself on cutting edges that many people don't know exist. But the latest gift to Donald Nally's modern music choir is a 36-year-old Latvian composer, named...Santa.

Where Music Lives
6:33 am
Sat June 29, 2013

Where Music Lives: In the Air!

Longwood Gardens Carillon

Music lives high in the sky. One of the largest musical instruments is also among the most public. WRTI’s Susan Lewis considers carillons and their bells, which are ringing out in summer concert series all over the greater Philadelphia region.   

Listen to Susan Lewis' feature on the history of the carillon.

Concerts coming up...

Fort Washington, St.Thomas Church, Whitemarsh, Catherine Colt Dickey Memorial Carillon - Tuesdays during July at 7 pm:

July 2, Julianne vanden Wyngaard

July 9, Gerard DeWaardt

July 16, Tebbel Lonie Duo

July 23, Sally Harwood

July 30, Linda Dezuris

Kennett Square, Longwood Gardens, Chimes Tower - Sundays at 3 pm

All of the performances take place at the Chimes tower

May 12, Stephen Schreiber

May 19, Lisa Lonie

June 23, Lisa Lonie and Janet Tebbel

June 30, Julianne Vander Wyngaard

July 7, Gerard de Waardt

July 21, Sally Harwood

July 28, Linda Dzuris

August 4, Daniel Kehoe

August 18, John Widmann

August 25, Gordon Slater

September 1, Ellen Dickinson

September 8, Janet Tebbel

September 15, Doug Gefvert

Philadelphia, First United Methodist Church of Germantown, Shelmerdine Memorial Carillon - Mondays at 7:30 pm

June 24, Janet Tebbel

July 1, Julianne VandenWyngaard

July 8, Gerard de Waardt

July 15, Lisa Lonie and Janet Tebbel, duo carillonneurs

Valley Forge, Washington Memorial Chapel, Washington Memorial National Carillon - Wednesdays at 7:30 pm

July 3, Julianne Vanden Wyngaard

July 10, Gerard de Waardt

July 17, Janet Tebbel-Lisa Lonie Duo

July 24, Sally Harwood

July 31, Linda Dzuris

August 7, Daniel K. Kehoe

August 14, Music of the British Isles, Irish Thunder Pipes and Drums

August 21, Gordon Slater

August 28, Doug Gefvert

Princeton, Princeton University, Grover Cleveland Tower, The Class of 1892 Bells
Sundays at 1 pm
July 7 - Julianne vanden Wyngaard
July 14 - Gerard DeWaardt
July 21- Lisa Lonie
July 28 - Sally Harwood
August 5 - Linda Dzuris
August 11 - Doug Gefvert
August 18 - Gordon Slater
August 25 - Tebbel/Lonie Duo
Sept 1 - Anton Fleissner

Creatively Speaking
8:17 am
Mon June 24, 2013

How Transformative Was 1968?

The musical Hair opened on Broadway, and 2001: A Space Odyssey was at the movies. It was also in 1968 that Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert Kennedy were assassinated, and 14,000 American military personnel died in Vietnam.

A transformative year across American culture, 1968 is explored in a new exhibition that's now on view at the National Constitution Center. The 1968 Exhibit runs through September 2nd, 2013.

Listen to Susan Lewis' interview with Minnesota Historical Society's Brian Horrigan, lead curator of The 1968 Exhibit.

Creatively Speaking
5:00 am
Mon June 24, 2013

What Do You Know About Handel's Water Music?

George Frideric Handel was born in Germany in 1685, and moved to Britain as a young man. He spent his most productive years there, and became a naturalized British subject in his early 40s.  His now-famous Water Music suites, commissioned for King George I for a ceremonial boat ride on the River Thames in London, were first performed during the summer of 1717. 

Five years later, Water Music was brought inside to London’s Stationers' Hall. But whether the audience heard just a portion, or the entire hour-long work, remains a mystery. WRTI’s Meridee Duddleston puts the well-known Baroque piece into perspective.

Steven Zohn, professor of music at Temple University's Boyer College of Music and Dance, adds context to Handel’s Water Music.

Creatively Speaking
9:39 pm
Sun June 23, 2013

Happy Birthday To A Favorite Son Of Philadelphia

Pianist Andre Watts

Andre Watts is among the most popular soloists with Philadelphia Orchestra audiences. WRTI’s Jim Cotter reports that the pianist, who celebrated his 67th birthday this month, has been performing with the orchestra of his adopted hometown for almost his entire lifetime.

Listen to Jim Cotter's interview with Andre Watts.

Creatively Speaking
9:33 am
Sat June 22, 2013

Jazz and Experimental Music in Philadelphia: Ars Nova Workshop At Work

Jazz pianist Uri Caine

Ars Nova means “New Art." And for over a dozen years, Ars Nova Workshop in Philadelphia has been presenting musicians performing jazz and experimental music in interesting venues. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, promoting new music is in keeping with Philadelphia’s rich musical history.

Coming up: Monday, June 24th at 8 pm, jazz pianist Uri Caine performs the second Masada book - "The Book Of Angels" -  by composer John Zorn in a 19th-century storefront synagogue in South Philadelphia - Shivtei Yeshuron-Ezras Israel.

More Information about the concerts.

Ars Nova Workshop Founder Mark Christman talks with WRTI's Susan Lewis.

Creatively Speaking
9:44 am
Fri June 21, 2013

The Rule-Breaking Operatic Innovator: Barbara Hannigan

Barbara Hannigan

On Sunday, June 23 at 2 pm, WRTI’s  broadcast of The Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert features a world-renowned singer who is at home in many genres. Simon Rattle leads the Philadelphians in a program that features soprano Barbara Hannigan singing Berg’s Three Fragments from Wozzeck, and Ligeti’s Mysteries of the Macabre.  While Hannigan’s repertoire includes a wide range of classical masters, she’s become especially renowned for her innovative performances of contemporary music.

The concert also includes Webern’s Passacaglia and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6.


Soprano Barbara Hannigan speaks with Susan Lewis.


Creatively Speaking
2:59 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Woodmere's Annual Juried Exhibition Taps Into Regional Traditions

The Woodmere Art Museum in Chestnut Hill has an enviable collection of art in the realist tradition, from the 1800s to the present. It also has a renowned annual juried show which, this year, as WRTI’s Jim Cotter reports, is dedicated to local, cutting-edge art. In Front of Strangers, I Sing: the 72nd Annual Woodmere Museum Juried Exhibition curated by Dona Nelson  and Rubens Genoff runs through September 1, 2013.

Hear more of Jim Cotter's interview with Woodmere Art Museum Director Bill Valerio.