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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.

Creatively Speaking
8:12 am
Tue June 11, 2013

Unconventional Repertoire At Pennsylvania Ballet

Choreographer William Forsythe

Classical ballet, like its sister art form classical music, is rooted in classic, older repertoire. But as WRTI's Jim Cotter reports, the region's premiere ballet company is stepping away from conventional works for a season-ending program by three living choreographers who have their own distinctive takes on the intersection of contemporary and traditional ballet.

PA Ballet Artistic Director Roy Kaiser discusses the program for the end of its season with WRTI's Jim Cotter.

Pennsylvania Ballet’s season ending production Forsythe & Kylián runs Thursday through Sunday at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia.

Creatively Speaking
6:59 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Behind The Scenes Of The International Organ Competition At Longwood Gardens

The Longwood Gardens organ console

Longwood Gardens hosts its first International Organ Competition on June 18, 19, and 22. WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports on this new initiative at the botanical garden that was once a DuPont family summer home.

Longwood Gardens' director, Paul Redman, talks with Susan Lewis about Longwood’s organ and the organ competition.

The competition features Longwood’s 10,010-pipe Aeolian organ, a panel of distinguished judges, and live performances by the world’s top young organists. The winner receives the world's largest organ competition prize: $40,000.

Creatively Speaking
6:43 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Maestro Simon Rattle: His Conducting Philosophy

This week’s WRTI Sunday radio broadcast of The Philadelphia Orchestra features Englishman Simon Rattle, music director of the Berlin Philharmonic, on the podium. WRTI's Susan Lewis has more on this much sought-after international conductor, who has a bond with the Philadelphians nurtured over the last 20 years.

Listen to Simon Rattle's conversation with Susan Lewis.

Listen to WRTI on Sunday, June 16th at 2 pm to hear Sir Simon Rattle leading The Philadelphia Orchestra in a program featuring symphonies No. 6 and 7 of  Sibelius, Norman’s Unstuck, and Beethoven’s piano concerto No. 3. Pianist Lang Lang is soloist.

Where Music Lives
6:26 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Where Music Lives: At Bunker Hill Presbyterian Church In Washington Township, NJ

Martha Frampton is president of Music at Bunker Hill, founded in 2008.

Music Lives in Gloucester County, New Jersey, where WRTI’s Meridee Duddleston finds a concert series that focuses on bringing music to a previously underserved community.

A concert series in southern New Jersey’s Washington Township attracts top-notch performers from the region, across the river, New York, and all around.  The Music at Bunker Hill concerts take place in a church built on a high point in Gloucester County.

Starting with three concerts, the program has steadily grown.  Having just completed its fifth season, the Sunday series stands out as a breath of fresh air. The sanctuary of Bunker Hill Presbyterian Church is the venue for Music at Bunker Hill, and it's Where Music Lives.

Music at Bunker Hill Artistic Director William Frampton on the trials and tribulations of getting all the performers together for the concert featuring Choong-Jin Chang and Friends.

Let us know Where Music Lives in your community! Add your ideas in the comments section here and check out our other Where Music Lives posts.

Creatively Speaking
6:20 am
Mon June 10, 2013

The Philadelphia Orchestra Readies To Leave China: What Next?

The Tianjin Grand Theater

The Philadelphia Orchestra may be one of the hardest working orchestra in show biz the way it’s been jumping around China recently.

Traveling with  the Orchestra, The Philadelphia Inquirer’s David Patrick Stearns considers what the future may hold, and discovers that there are other relationships taking shape.

Creatively Speaking
3:12 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Art and Golf in Victorian Great Britain

The Golfers, 1847, by Charles Lees. Oil on canvas, 51 1/2 x 84 1/4 inches (130.8 x 214 cm). Scottish National Portrait Gallery

Golf’s U.S. OPEN starts on June 10th in suburban Philadelphia. WRTI’s Susan Lewis considers  the relationship between art and golf in Victorian Great Britain, as a Philadelphia Museum of Art exhibition spotlights an 1847 masterwork.

The Art of Golf runs through July 7th at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Listen to Curator Jennifer Thompson discuss the early intersection of art and golf with WRTI's Susan Lewis.