Jill Pasternak

Classical Host

Jill joined WRTI in 1997 after working at the former WFLN for ten years. Her background is impressive: she's a professional harpist, a graduate of The Juilliard School of Music, and a former Fulbright Scholar.

As staff harpist at Radio City Music Hall, and with the City Center Ballet in New York, Jill performed with numerous symphonic and chamber ensembles in recordings, on radio, and on Broadway. She also worked for the Rockefeller Foundation developing the New World Records label, and was an assistant editor for Stereo Review magazine and Nonesuch Records. Her work as a writer and producer of training videos led Jill to earn a graduate degree in public media and also to start hosting at classical radio stations including WMHT-FM in Schenectady, N.Y., and WQXR in New York City.

Along with varied speaking engagements, Jill continues to "harp" on all things musical in the Delaware Valley. She is the proud mother of a son, an international businessman, and a daughter, a professional chef.

Jill can be heard weekdays from 2 to 6 pm, and on Crossover on Saturdays from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm. 

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Crossover
12:22 pm
Sat September 13, 2008

Violinist Joshua Bell Plays Vivaldi

Jill Pasternak speaks with the Grammy Award-winning violinist about his new recording of Vivaldi's The Four Seasons.

In Joshua Bell's concerts and recordings, his bold, charismatic artistry has brought a fresh voice to the most venerable masterpieces while also uncovering lesser-known gems and new works.

"Mr. Bell doesn't stand in anyone's shadow." - The New York Times

Crossover
1:50 pm
Sat September 6, 2008

Canadian Brass

Jill Pasternak's show features the brass quintet Canadian Brass.

"The men who put brass music on the map." - The Washington Post

Crossover
11:26 am
Sat August 30, 2008

Marilyn Maye: jazz singer

Jill Pasternak talks to the legendary jazz cabaret singer during an encore broadcast originally aired in June. Maye's career has been multi-faceted, including 76 appearances on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, singing alongside jazz icon Ella Fitzgerald, and performing at jazz clubs in NYC from the Copacabana to Birdland.

Discovered by Steve Allen in a Kansas City nightclub almost five decades ago, she went on to sing for Princess Grace in Monaco, with Peter Nero and the Philly Pops, and at Lincoln Center.

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Crossover
9:52 am
Sat August 16, 2008

Keith Lockhart: Boston Pops music director

Leonard Bernstein

Jill Pasternak speaks with the Maestro about his upcoming appearance with the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra at the Kimmel Center on August 20.

The concert will honor the memory of Leonard Bernstein, who would have turned 90 on August 25.

The three-part program, Make Mine Bernstein, reflects on one of the 20th century's most influential composers of American classical music and Broadway hit musicals.

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Crossover
10:16 am
Sat August 2, 2008

Gil Shaham: violinist

Jill Pasternak speaks with the world-famous violinist about his recording of The Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto, an orchestral adaptation of a popular Chinese legend.

Written in 1959 by composers Chen Gang and He Zhanhao while they were students at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, The Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto premiered in the same year featuring renowned violinist Yu Lina. Although instantly popular, the concerto was banned by the Communist regime during the Cultural Revolution and the composers were jailed.

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Crossover
2:20 pm
Sat July 26, 2008

David Russell, classical guitarist

David Russell, classical guitarist

Jill Pasternak welcomes classical guitarist David Russell. Born in Glasgow, Scotland but raised in Spain, Russell has earned the highest praise from audiences and critics alike, including being named a fellow of the Royal Academy of Music in London in 1997 and winning a Grammy award in 2005 for his CD Aire Latino.

More about David Russell

Originally aired March 29, 2008

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Crossover
4:19 pm
Sat July 5, 2008

July 4th Pops Celebration!

Jill interviews conductors Keith Lockhart and Erich Kunzel.

Crossover
10:59 am
Thu June 26, 2008

Jean-Michel Pilc: jazz pianist and composer

Jean-Michel Pilc

On this week's Crossover, hear the stunning artistry of French pianist and composer Jean-Michel Pilc. Hailed by critics as a musical genius, Pilc is largely self taught. A composer of depth who reveres the classics, in many cases he uses them as a point of departure. He has recorded over a dozen albums, and this week he'll discuss his latest: New Dreams.

"Jean-Michel Pilc is a dazzlingly inventive pianist"
--The New York Times

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Crossover
4:04 pm
Sat June 21, 2008

Gordon Turk: concert organist

Jill Pasternak speaks with Gordon Turk, organist in residence at the Great Auditorium in Ocean Grove, New Jersey. Turk discusses upcoming organ recitals on the 100-year-old, 10,000 pipe Great Auditorium Organ. Performances are scheduled throughout July and August.

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Crossover
10:22 am
Sat June 14, 2008

Marilyn Maye, jazz singer

Jill Pasternak talks to the legendary jazz cabaret singer, who is in Philadelphia at the Prince Music Theater from June 11 to 15.

Maye's career has been multi-faceted, including 76 appearances on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, singing alongside jazz icon Ella Fitzgerald, and performing at jazz clubs in NYC from the Copacabana to Birdland.

Discovered by Steve Allen in a Kansas City nightclub almost five decades ago, she went on to sing for Princess Grace in Monaco, with Peter Nero and the Philly Pops, and at Lincoln Center.

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