The Philadelphia Orchestra

Creatively Speaking
11:33 am
Sat March 20, 2010

Vladimir Jurowski--Kathleen Turner in RED HOT PATRIOT--The Most Loyal Classical Music Audience

Maestro Vladimir Jurowski

Jim Cotter speaks with Maestro Vladimir Jurowski. He conducts the Philadelphia Orchestra in concerts at the Kimmel Center during the week of March 22, 2010.

Susan Lewis looks at the Philadelphia Theater Company's new one-woman show about the late political columnist, Molly Ivins. Red Hot Patriot stars Kathleen Turner, and opens on March 19th at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre.

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Creatively Speaking
1:24 pm
Thu December 17, 2009

Phila. Orch.'s Concerts with Double Bassist Emilio Gravagno--Arschile Gorky at PMA--Penn Treaty Park

Veteran double bassist Emilio Gravagno plays his last concerts as a member of The Philadelphia Orchestra this week.

Jim Cotter speaks with Emilio Gravagno. The veteran double bassist plays his final concerts as a member of The Philadelphia Orchestra this week.

Susan Lewis visits the Philadelphia Museum of Art's retrospective on the 20th-century artist Arshile Gorky, whose work is seen as a bridge between surrealism and abstract expressionism.

Tom Keels takes us to Penn Treaty Park. The site celebrates a late 17th-century agreement between William Penn and local Native Americans that made possible the founding of Pennsylvania.

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Creatively Speaking
1:58 pm
Fri December 11, 2009

Walker Plays w/the Phila. Orch.--Phoenixville's Firebird Fest--TU Courses Encourage Arts Discovery

American composer George Walker

Jim Cotter speaks with the celebrated American composer George Walker. The Philadelphia Orchestra premieres his violin concerto this week with Gregory Walker, the composer's son, as soloist.

Susan Lewis previews weekend festivities in Phoenixville. Its annual Firebird Festival is a celebration of rebirth.

And we speak with Temple University's director of general education Terry Halbert. New Gen-Ed programs are bringing thousands of students into arts and culture venues throughout Philadelphia.

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Creatively Speaking
10:33 am
Sat October 17, 2009

Bassoonist Daniel Matsukawa--Brandenberg Concertos by Tempesta di Mare--Amer. Swedish Hist. Museum

Daniel Matsukawa is Principal Bassoon with The Philadelphia Orchestra.

Jim Cotter speaks with The Philadelphia Orchestra's Principal Bassoon Daniel Matsukawa. He's the soloist this week for performances of Mozart's Bassoon Concerto at the Kimmel Center.

Susan Lewis considers performances of Bach's Brandenburg Concertos by Tempesta di Mare, the Philadelphia-based Baroque orchestra.

Jason Peifer explores Philadelphia's Swedish origins with a visit to the American Swedish Historical Museum.

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Creatively Speaking
3:13 pm
Wed September 30, 2009

The President of Phila. Orchestra Allison Vulgamore--Pianist Di Wu--All About the Mutter Museum

Allison Vulgamore is the newly appointed president and CEO of The Philadelphia Orchestra.

Jim Cotter speaks with Allison Vulgamore. The Philadelphia Orchestra's newly appointed president and CEO is scheduled to begin in her new post no later that February, 2010.

David Patrick Stearns profiles pianist Di Wu. The rising star is in recital in Philadelphia this weekend.

Susan Lewis explores Philadelphia's 150-year-old Mutter Museum - renowned for its specimens of medical pathologies - and the Museum's home, The College of Physicians of Philadelphia.

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Creatively Speaking
2:42 pm
Thu September 24, 2009

Charles Dutoit on Phila. Orch.'s New Season--Skyscrapers at PMA--Phila. Theatre Co.'s HUMOR ABUSE

As The Philadelphia Orchestra opens its new season we speak with Chief Conductor Charles Dutoit about the music he's conducting this week.

Susan Lewis takes us to an exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art exploring the impact of Skyscrapers on artists of the 20th century.

And we speak with circus performer-turned actor Lorenzo Pisoni. His Obie-winning one-man show Humor Abuse is the the Philadelphia Theatre Company's season opener.

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Crossover
9:16 am
Thu August 27, 2009

Conductor and Pianist Christoph Eschenbach

Maestro Christoph Eschenbach

The Philadelphia Orchestra's seventh music director spoke with Jill Pasternak in 2008 as he prepared for his final Philadelphia appearance with the orchestra as its Maestro. In this fascinating interview he reflects on his time here, and shares some very revealing anecdotes about his interesting life--including the story of his youth in Germany.

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Creatively Speaking
10:07 am
Wed June 24, 2009

Curtis with the Phila. Orch.--Skyscapers Spectacles--Ephrata Cloister--Patrick Dougherty's Sculpture

Jim Cotter speaks with artist Patrick Dougherty about his unique creation at the Morris Arboretum

David Patrick Stearns speaks with Curtis Institute of Music students making debuts as concerto soloists with The Philadelphia Orchestra this summer.

Susan Lewis looks at skyscrapers and spectacles - the subjects of two summertime exhibitions drawn from the Philadelphia Museum of Art's collection of prints, photography, and works on paper.

Jason Peifer visits the Ephrata Cloister in Lancaster County, one of America's earliest religious communities and a National Historic Landmark.

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Creatively Speaking
10:27 am
Wed May 20, 2009

Maestro David Robertson--Possible Cutbacks in PA Arts Funding--Handcrafted Metalwork in Phila.

Jim Cotter speaks with David Robertson. The Music Director of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra conducts The Philadelphia Orchestra in three concerts this week.

As Pennsylvania lawmakers work on the state budget, WRTI's Susan Lewis looks at how the Commonwealth funds arts and culture, and the possible consequences of threatened cutbacks.

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Creatively Speaking
12:28 pm
Sat March 7, 2009

George Walker--Village of Arts & Humanities--Lost Manuscript - The Good Earth at Pearl S. Buck House

Composer George Walker's Lilacs

Jim Cotter speaks with composer George Walker. The Philadelphia Orchestra will include his rarely performed Lilacs in upcoming concerts at the Kimmel Center and Carnegie Hall.

Susan Lewis explores North Philadelphia's Village of Arts and Humanities, which evolved from the creation of art parks on abandoned lots into a community-based performing arts program, including theater and dance, spoken word, and video production.

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