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
4:42 pm
Sat January 10, 2009

Flutist Robert Stallman

Flutist Robert Stallman

Flutist Robert Stallman won the George W. Chadwick Medal from the New England Conservatory of Music and received a Koussevitsky Fellowship and the C.D. Jackson Prize at Tanglewood. As a Fulbright Scholar, he studied in Paris with Jean-Pierre Rampal and since then has developed an international reputation as performer, master teacher, editor and arranger who has done much to expand the flute repertoire.

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Crossover
2:16 pm
Tue December 30, 2008

Evan Perri: Hot Club of Detroit Guitarist

Night Town - Hot Club of Detroit's New Album

Jill Pasternak interviews Perri, who along with the rest of the Hot Club will  appear at Chris' Jazz Cafe on October 31.

More than seven decades after the innovations of the Quintette du Hot Club de France, featuring guitar virtuoso Django Reinhardt, combos called Hot Clubs carry on the gypsy jazz sound around the globe in Tokyo, San Francisco, Seattle, Sweden, Norway, Austria, and many other locales. Led by fast-fingered Reinhardt disciple Evan Perri, the Hot Club of Detroit offers a fresh take on the tradition.

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Crossover
3:08 pm
Mon December 8, 2008

Choral Composer John Rutter

John Rutter's new Christmas CD

British composer John Rutter's carols and other seasonal choral music have been an indispensable part of Christmas celebrations worldwide for over 40 years. He talks with Jill Pasternak about his new release John Rutter: A Christmas Festival; it is the first Christmas recording from John Rutter and the Cambridge Singers in almost 20 years, featuring the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Farnham Youth Choir.

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Crossover
10:24 am
Sat November 29, 2008

Pianist-Conductor Daniel Barenboim

Daniel Barenboim in a photo from 1992

World-renowned Israeli pianist-conductor Daniel Barenboim is Jill Pasternak's guest this week on Crossover. One of the most versatile pianists of his generation, Barenboim has collaborated with violinists Itzhak Perlman and Pinchas Zukerman, as well as his late wife, British cellist Jacqueline du Pr. In January 2008, his virtuosic musicianship was recognized with a Royal Philharmonic Society Gold Medal, one of the most prestigious honors in classical music.

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Crossover
10:00 am
Wed November 26, 2008

Lidia Kaminska, classical accordionist

Lidia Kaminska

Seven-time winner of national and international competitions, Kaminska has stunned audiences with her beauty, charm, and virtuosic playing of works from Bach, Scarlatti, and Astor Piazzolla to contemporary Russian composer Sophia Gubaidulina. With a MA degree from the Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw, Kaminska was the first person in the Unites States to receive a doctoral degree in accordion performance. She plays both the accordion and bandoneon in her interview with Jill Pasternak.

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Crossover
11:28 am
Sat November 8, 2008

Complete Broadcast of Through Roses: A Special Episode

Saul Rubinek as Carl Stern in Marc Neikrug's Through Roses.
Credit: UrbanHanded Works Inc.

Jill interviews noted actor Saul Rubinek about his performance and role in Marc Neikrug's riveting Holocaust-related music-theater piece, Through Roses.

In this special program you'll hear the entire Through Roses performance, which includes Atis Bankas on violin.

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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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