Creatively Speaking

Creatively Speaking
11:05 am
Sat December 29, 2012

Creatively Speaking Retrospective

As WRTI's weekly Saturday morning arts and culture show transitions to a daily feature format, Jim Cotter, Susan Lewis, David Patrick Stearns and Eric Brannon look at highlights from the show's almost 500 episodes.  

Over the last nine years, the greater Philadelphia region has experienced astounding growth in the scale and quality of music, the fine arts, theater, and dance, as well as a wealth of other cultural activities.

We revisit memorable performances and exhibitions, and recall explorations of the widely varied hubs of artistic endeavors. We look back on our many conversations with international and local superstars, lesser-known and emerging artists, and art lovers who are shaping our world today.

Starting on January 7th, you'll hear 90-second Creatively Speaking features nine to ten times each day. Look for more stories about music, arts, and culture from Jim, Susan, David, and the newest member of the team, Meridee Duddleston.

We'll also be presenting a special series within Creatively Speaking: Where Music Lives; you'll hear 60 stories, throughout 2013, of how music is making a difference in the communities WRTI serves.

Creatively Speaking
4:14 pm
Sat December 22, 2012

One Of The Finest Pianists Of Her Generation: Calling It Quits

The acclaimed Maria Joao Pires announced that she will retire in 2014. The Philadelphia Inquirer's  David Patrick Stearns profiles the demure but exquisite Portuguese pianist.

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Creatively Speaking
11:03 am
Sat December 15, 2012

Alisa Weilerstein and The Elgar Cello Concerto: Her Way

David Patrick Stearns profiles American cellist Alisa Weilerstein. She’s in town to perform the iconic Elgar cello concerto with The Philadelphia Orchestra this week.

Creatively Speaking
3:50 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Gianandrea Noseda Takes Philadelphia Orchestra Sound Back In Time

If anybody knows Rachmaninoff, it’s The Philadelphia Orchestra. The ensemble inspired the composer  to write his final orchestral work: the Symphonic Dances, and collaborated with him intensively until his death in 1943. Since then, the Orchestra has maintained an unbroken tradition of performing works by Rachmaninoff, from the eras of Eugene Ormandy through Charles Dutoit. 

The esteemed Italian conductor Gianandrea Noseda, who has the trust and affection of the musicians from past guest engagements, recently conducted Rachmaninoff at the Kimmel Center. The conductor brought to these performances the rediscovery of a sound from which the orchestra has perhaps drifted. As The Philadelphia Inquirer’s David Patrick Stearns reports, Noseda may just about be out-Ormandying Eugene Ormandy.

Creatively Speaking
12:43 pm
Wed January 25, 2012

Composer Michael Hersch

David Patrick Stearns speaks with the Philadelphia-based composer Michael Hersch.

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Creatively Speaking
7:26 am
Sun July 4, 2010

David Kim: A Look at the Philadelphia Orchestra's Concertmaster

The violinist talks about the waves and troughs of his career.

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