Susan Lewis

Arts & Culture Senior Producer

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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A winner of Astral's 2016 National Auditions, violinist Katie Hyun has been praised for her "sensitivity and top shelf artistry" by In advance of her upcoming Astral recital, she visits WRTI on Friday, January 24th, at 12:10 PM to play music by David Lang and Astor Piazzolla. WRTI's Susan Lewis is host. 

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A dramatic look at the cultural contributions of 20th-century Philadelphia arts champions Albert Barnes and Leopold Stokowski finds remarkable connections, starting with music of Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, a master from the 16th-century Italian Renaissance.

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Tenor Nicholas Phan and pianist Myra Huang were live in the WRTI Performance Studio previewing the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society's new series of concerts, Emerging Voices, exploring ideas of social connection and identity through art songs. WRTI's Susan Lewis, host.

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Pianist Jeffrey Siegel performs concerts with conversation, or "Keyboard Conversations," in cities across the U.S. He stopped by WRTI to play highlights of his upcoming program on love and music at the Kimmel Center, and chat with WRTI's Susan Lewis. Join us for music of Schumann, Chopin, Bartok and Liszt, Thursday, January 16th at 12:10 PM. 

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Violinist Gil Shaham became enthralled by Beethoven's Violin Concerto as a child. Years later, he's still moved by its power. 

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December 23, 2019. Voices ringing out in harmony make the holidays ever so much richer, whether we're listening to familiar Chrismas carols and songs for Hanukkah, sacred music from different traditions, or traditional African-American spirituals. Our album of the week, Holidays a cappella Live has a taste of all of these.

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A moving song cycle about love has an equally powerful backstory. Captivated by a collection of Pablo Neruda's love poems, composer Peter Lieberson set five of them to be sung by his wife. In 2005, Lorraine Hunt Leiberson premiered, performed and recorded them, but died the next year. As WRTI's Susan Lewis reports, the song cycle, Neruda Songs, lives on. 

Join us on Friday, December 20th at 12:35 PM on WRTI 90.1 to hear the Grammy-winning new music choir, The Crossing, sing highlights from their upcoming concert, The Crossing @ Christmas. WRTI's Susan Lewis is host.

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It was 201 years ago when "Silent Night" was first heard by Austrian villagers attending Christmas Eve mass in St. Nicholas Church in Oberndorf.