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
2:33 pm
Thu April 10, 2008

John Owings: pianist

Pianist John Owings

Jill Pasternak welcomes pianist John Owings. Owings is a prizewinner of several prestigious competitions, including the gold medal at the first Robert Casadesus International Piano Competition in Cleveland. His CD recordings on the Koch International Classics and Opus Millesime labels have received outstanding reviews, and his most recent CD, on the Pro Organo label, features the complete keyboard works of Julius Reubke. Since 1990 Owings has been a member of the faculty of Texas Christian University.

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Crossover
9:18 am
Sat March 22, 2008

Conductor and organist Dr. Barry Rose, O.B.E.

Dr. Barry Rose, O.B.E.

This week Jill Pasternak speaks with Dr. Barry Rose, O.B.E. Dr. Rose is a distinguished and renowned choral conductor and organist considered by many to be the finest in Britain, and generally regarded as one of the world's leading teachers and trainers in choral music.

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Crossover
3:25 pm
Sat March 15, 2008

Robert Stallman, flutist

Jill interviews virtuoso flutist Robert Stallman who has just issued a new album of his transcriptions of the four-hand Piano Sonatas of Mozart as Quintets for flute, viola and string quartet. An amazing realization puts these works in a new light and underscores the possible ideas that Mozart had when writing these works for four hands. The transformation of these works is enlightening and delightful, and Mr. Stallman's enthusiasm and love of the music comes through in the transcriptions and the superb performances. Mozart would agree, we think.

Crossover
12:14 pm
Thu March 6, 2008

"Broadway at the Academy" preview with singer Marni Nixon

My Fair Lady at the Academy of Music

This week Jill Pasternak previews the "Broadway at the Academy" production of My Fair Lady with singer Marni Nixon and Mervon Mehta, Vice President of Programming and Education at the Kimmel Center. The London production features Nixon in the role of Henry Higgins' mother. She is best known as the singing voice for Audrey Hepburn in the film version of My Fair Lady, as well as for Natalie Wood in West Side Story. Also, Mehta gives Jill a run-down of the coming "Broadway at the Academy" 2008-009 season.

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Crossover
3:04 pm
Sat March 1, 2008

Pink Martini: Thomas Lauderdale, pianist, founder

Crossover
2:15 pm
Sat February 9, 2008

Tenor Stephen Costello

Tenor Stephen Costello

This week Jill Pasternak welcomes tenor Stephen Costello to the WRTI studios. The Philadelphia native is a graduate of the University of the Arts and the Academy of Vocal Arts. He was awarded a 2007 Career Grant from the Richard Tucker Music Foundation. He won First Prize in the 2006 George London Foundation for Singers Competition as well as First Prize and Audience Prize in the Giargiari Competition and First Prize in the Licia Albanese Foundation Competition.

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Crossover
11:24 am
Sat February 2, 2008

Les Tourterelles (The Turtledoves)

Jill Pasternak welcomes the vocal duo "Les Tourterelles" (The Turtledoves). Coco Soleil and Christina (Kiki) Gallagher met in 2002 at the French International School of Philadelphia and instantly were drawn to each other both musically and culturally. Together they create programs from the music of the Renaissance to the cabaret, as well as some of their own original material.

Crossover
3:30 pm
Sat January 26, 2008

Paco Pena: Flamenco guitarist

Paco Pe?a

Jill Pasternak welcomes world famous flamenco guitarist Paco Pena. This dazzling virtuoso has been honored by Guitar magazine for the last five years consecutively as Best Flamenco Guitarist of the Year. He appears frequently in concert with his Dance Troupe and guitarists, The Losadas.

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Crossover
9:07 am
Sat January 19, 2008

Time for Three and composer Jennifer Higdon

Jennifer Higdon

Jill welcomes the crossover trio Time for Three and composer Jennifer Higdon. Time for Three recently performed the premier of Higdon's Concerto 4-3 with the Philadelphia Orchestra. The orchestra is also slated to perform another of Higdon's works, The Singing Rooms, for violin, chorus, and orchestra with violinist Jennifer Koh.

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Crossover
3:13 pm
Sat January 12, 2008

Terence Blanchard: jazz trumpet virtuoso and film composer

Terence Blanchard

Jill's guest is this week is Terence Blanchard. His most recent album,"A Tale of God's Will - Requiem for Katrina" was the film score for Spike Lee's documentary recounting the horrors that befell the people of New Orleans. Blanchard is a Grammy award winner and five-time Grammy nominee, and continues his musical efforts as an internationally recognized performer, composer, band leader, and arranger. He is also currently Artistic Director of the Thelonius Monk Institute of Jazz at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

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