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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Composer and jazz trumpeter Hannibal Lokumbe has written Healing Tones as a hymn to Philadelphia, an oratorio-like work that celebrates the healers among us, including midwives, doctors, artists and musicians.

Why are we drawn to a good tune? Find out as WRTI Classical Host Debra Lew Harder sits down at the piano in the WRTI Performance Studio and plays selections from her new concert and conversation program, The Human Need for Melody, and chats with WRTI’s Susan Lewis.


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Although Handel’s Messiah is now regularly performed during the Christmas holidays, the work was actually premiered in the spring before Easter. WRTI’s Susan Lewis has more on the fantastically successful masterpiece, which was created by necessity in just 24 days over two centuries ago.


In advance of their upcoming recitals at the Curtis Institute of Music, cellist Chase Park and pianist Michael Davidman visit WRTI's Performance Studio on Friday, April 19th at 12:10 PM to play Beethoven's Sonata No. 4 in C major, and chat with WRTI's Susan Lewis.

Celebrate the season with us as Craft Works Music visits the WRTI Performance Studio to sing madrigals and other works inspired by springtime. WRTI's Susan Lewis is host. 

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While the history of the organ is steeped in majesty and tradition, modern organs are being used to express a range of new sounds. WRTI’s Susan Lewis spoke with soloist James McVinnie about the organ and its starring role in Register, Nico Muhly’s new concerto.

This may be one of the most endearing stories you've ever heard about Philadelphia Orchestra Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin, who currently shares his home with three cats, and has a soft spot in his heart for all animals.

Described as "a jewel among U.S. early music riches," (online dance journal, ThINKing Dance), Kleine Kammermusik performs on oboes and recorders, bassoon, cello, viola da gamba and harpsichorrd. The group visited WRTI and performed a preview of their concert at the Hill-Physick House. WRTI's Susan Lewis is host.

Acclaimed as "an artist of the first order, taking his place beside the great performers" by Jamsphere Music Magazine, guitarist Brad Rau performs extensively around the Philadelphia region, and has developed a distinctive teaching style combining music, physics, philosophy and humor. On Friday, April 5th, he visited the Performance Studio to play a variety of works and chat with WRTI's Susan Lewis.

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