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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With wide ranging repertoire and a variety of roles, mezzo-soprano Elizabeth DeShong has been described by Opera Magazine as someone who can truly "sing it all." She talked with WRTI's Susan Lewis about finding the human element in every work.


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Alfred Hitchcock created films filled with mystery, danger, and suspense—with music playing a major role. 

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A sculpture created by her composition teacher inspired Stacey Brown’s work for orchestra, which explores the way we experience art and life. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, it’s all a matter of perspective,


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It's summer camp season, which may call to mind Allan Sherman's popular parody, "Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh,” —inspired by letters sent home from overnight camp by the comedian's son. The song hit No. 2 on Billboard's "Hot 100" list in the summer of 1963 and won a Grammy Award for Comedy in '64.

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Ernest Chausson's Poeme de l'amour et de la mer is a 19th-century song cycle about love, loss and the sea and illustrates the way music and poetry can move us.

At 17 years old, pianist Sarah Tuan has already won mulitiple competitions, including first prize at the 2018 Philadelphia Young Pianists Academy. In advance of her upcoming concert with PYPA, she visits the WRTI Performance Studio on July 31st at 12:10 PM to play from Schumann's Faschingsschwank aus Wien and chat with WRTI's Susan Lewis. 

Composer and pianist Murray Hidary leads groups of people in "MindTravel," his musical meditation experience, in which participants listen to music and a guided mediation. He leads a "SilentHike" in Philadelphia on Wednesday, July 31st, from 7 to 9 PM in Fairmount Park, in between stops to Brooklyn and Washington, and beyond.

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Join us on Friday, July 26th at 12:10 PM when local guitarist Brad Rau visits the performance studio to play music from Bach to Paul Desmond. WRTI's Susan Lewis is host. 

Listen to a sampling of new music that teenage girls have written as part of the Young Women Composers Camp, now in progress on the campus of Temple University.

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