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
11:18 am
Sat November 1, 2008

Itzhak Perlman: Violinist

Itzhak Perlman

Beloved for his charm and humanity as well as his talent, Mr. Perlman is recognized by audiences all over the world who respond to his flawless technique and his irrepressible joy of making music. Now celebrating the 50th anniversary of his American debut, he'll be in Philadelphia performing at the Kimmel Center on November 2.

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Crossover
12:29 pm
Sat October 18, 2008

Eroica Trio: Chamber Ensemble

The Eroica Trio will perform on October 24 at Puck, a small club in Doylestown

Jill Pasternak speaks to two of the three members of the all-female Eroica Trio, a chamber ensemble that continues to make inroads into new territory since its inception in the early 1990s when they received a Naumburg Award. Pianist  Erika Nickrenz and violinist Susie Park, along with cellist Sara Sant'Ambrogio are all consummate musicians, products of the Juilliard and Curtis conservatories.

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Crossover
4:28 pm
Fri October 10, 2008

Robert McFarland: Dramatic Baritone

Robert McFarland

Hear the story of this amazing opera star whose life has been punctuated with tremendous successes and equally demanding challenges. He speaks candidly about his journey with Jill Pasternak.

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Crossover
1:15 pm
Thu October 2, 2008

Patrick Bismuth: Baroque Violinist

Patrick Bismuth

Jill interviews Patrick Bismuth, founder and director of the French ensemble La Tempesta. Bismuth will perform with his chamber group at the Curtis Institute of Music on Saturday, October 11 at 7 pm.

A teacher of baroque violin at the music conservatories of Paris and Versailles, Bismuth has played with major ensembles all over the world, and with renowned baroque ensembles including La Grande Ecurie et la Chambre du Roy, Les Arts Florissants, and Il Seminario.

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Crossover
2:25 pm
Thu September 18, 2008

Walnut Street Theatre History and Opening of State Fair

Walnut Street Theatre, by Bernard Harvard and Mark D. Sylvester

This week Jill takes a look at one of Philadelphia's historic treasures: The Walnut Street Theatre. Their new season opens with State Fair, which includes songs from various Rodgers and Hammerstein productions that were deleted during out-of-town tryouts before the shows' original Broadway openings.

Guests include key staff of the Walnut Street Theatre including Tom Miller, Communications Director; Bruce Lumpkin, Director; and Doug Watts, Music Director. Tune in to hear them share stories about the history of the theatre, and discuss State Fair.

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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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