Susan Lewis

Arts & Culture Reporter

Susan is an arts and culture reporter for WRTI. She contributes Arts Desk features, and weekly intermission interviews for The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast series on WRTI with host Gregg Whiteside.

She is also a freelance essayist, journalist, and speechwriter who has written about Philadelphia for Insight Guides and Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation's Culture Files.  A former columnist for Philadelphia Magazine, she is the author of Reinventing Ourselves after Motherhood and a book of essays. Her work has appeared in The Philadelphia Inquirer, Child Magazine, Parents Magazine, Reader's Digest and Ladies' Home Journal (Parents Digest).

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Susan is also a lawyer, with a B.A. in Philosophy from Trinity College, Connecticut, and a J.D. from New York University School of Law. She has practiced law in New York City and taught entertainment law at Rutgers Law School in Camden.

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Ranked as the 4th greatest symphony of all time in a 2018 BBC Magazine poll of 151 conductors, Gustav Mahler's 9th Symphony, the last symphony the austrian composer completed before he died,  is explored by WRTI's Susan Lewis in a conversation with Philadelphia Orchestra Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

The Sphinx Performance Academy is an intensive summer program in partnership with The Curtis Institute of Music for middle and high school-aged Black and Latino string players. A faculty string quartet visited WRTI to perform Jimenez's Curartet Virreinal and chat with WRTI's Susan Lewis.

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A mysterious, homemade 1940 recording, now public, shines a new light on the music of Sergei Rachmaninoff, who famously never allowed recordings or broadcasts of his live performances. WRTI's Susan Lewis has the story.

Seventeen-year-old pianist Avery Gagliano visited WRTI in May to perform and chat with WRTI's Susan Lewis. Avery played several works she performed in the early rounds of the 2019 Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition where she was one of six finalists.

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Sir Edward Elgar wrote his violin concerto for the great Austrian violinist Fritz Kreisler, who premiered it in 1910. Among those who champion it today is a violinist who feels a personal connection when performing it.

A melody in Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Second Symphony was made famous to fans of Eric Carmen’s pop tune “Never Gonna Fall in Love Again.” But in the symphony, that melody leads to one of the most beautiful, and difficult, clarinet solos in the literature. WRTI’s Susan Lewis has the story.

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While a classical concerto most commonly features one soloist, Béla Bartók’s concerto for orchestra highlights many sections of the ensemble. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, it became one of Bartók’s most popular works.

The choral ensemble Craft Works Music visited WRTI 90.1 on Wednesday, May 22nd at 12:10 PM to sing highlights from upcoming concerts based on Walt Whitman's poetry, in honor of his 200th birthday. They also talked with WRTI's Susan Lewis about Whitman's legacy.
 

It was the fall of 1802 when Ludwig van Beethoven confessed his nearly fatal despair about his growing deafness, in what’s now known as his "Heiligenstadt Testament." His music then took a daring new turn. WRTI’s Susan Lewis talks with conductor Michael Tilson Thomas about Beethoven's Symphony No. 3, "Eroica."

The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia's season celebrating music from different world cultures ends with a program featuring internationally acclaimed composer and oud virtuoso Simon Shaheen. He visited the WRTI Performance Studio to play the oud, and chat with WRTI's Susan Lewis.

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