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
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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Crossover
11:48 am
Sat January 5, 2008

Carlos Chavez String Quartet

Carlos Chavez

Jill Pasternak speaks with the Carlos Chavez string quartet, formerly the Russian-American String Quartet. Since its founding, the ensemble has created a positive impact in its pursuit of unearthing, performing, and recording works by Mexican composers of the 19th and 20th century. In 1997 the quartet won First Prize in the Competition for Special Projects in Chamber Music sponsored by the Cultural Diffusion Department of Mexico's National Autonomous University for researching and recording lesser-known Mexican string quartets.

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Crossover
11:28 am
Sat December 29, 2007

Max Raabe: Vocalist and Arranger of the Palast Orchester

Max Raabe

Jill Pasternak speaks with vocalist Max Raabe, leader of the 12-piece Palast Orchester. The ensemble has achieved international success for their original arrangements of music from the Golden Age of film and dance, including Gershwin, Porter, and Berlin.

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Crossover
3:17 pm
Sat December 22, 2007

JOHN RUTTER: composer, conductor

Jill's guest this week, composer and conductor John Rutter, is one of the most respected figures in choral music. His works are among the most frequently-performed and loved in the choral repertoire. Mr. Rutter speaks about his career and his latest release with the Cambridge Singers, recorded in the historic Lady Chapel of Ely Cathedral in Cambridge, England.

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Crossover
4:02 pm
Sat December 15, 2007

Peter Nero, music director of Peter Nero and the Philly Pops

Peter Nero

Jill Pasternak speaks with two-time Grammy Award-winning pianist Peter Nero. Called by the Washington Post "the epitome of the Pops Conductor/Performer," Nero is the conductor and music director of Peter Nero and the Philly Pops, an ensemble he founded nearly thirty years ago.

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Crossover
4:22 pm
Sat December 1, 2007

Jane Bunnett, soprano saxophonist and flutist

Jane Bunnett

Jill Pasternak talks with Canadian soprano saxophonist and flutist Jane Bunnett. She has become one of the foremost jazz musicians in Canada, particularly as a Cuban-Jazz Fusion specialist.

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Jane Bunnett appears at the Kimmel Center Saturday, December 1 at 7:30pm.

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Crossover
9:41 am
Sat December 1, 2007

Pablo Ziegler, composer and pianist

Pablo Ziegler

As pianist for famed bandoneon virtuoso Astor Piazzolla for ten years, Ziegler went on to create his own updated version of the nuevo tango by establishing his own trio and Quartet. His music incorporates and extends the jazz and tango innovations created by Piazzolla, thus epitomizing what nuevo tango truly means.

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Crossover
2:05 pm
Sat November 24, 2007

Joseph M. Torsella, President and CEO of the National Constitution Center

Joseph Torsella

Jill Pasternak talks with Joseph Torsella, President and CEO of the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. They discuss the exhibition First Ladies: Political Role and Public Image.

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Crossover
11:54 am
Sat November 17, 2007

Toru "Tiger" Okoshi

Toru "Tiger" Okoshi

Jill Pasternak talks with Japanese trumpeter Toru "Tiger" Okoshi. Tiger has performed with jazz greats such as Tony Bennett, Gary Burton, Dave Grusin, Dave Liebman, and Pat Metheny, and he is an associate professor of brass at the Berklee College of Music in Boston.

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Crossover
9:09 am
Sat November 10, 2007

Quartet San Francisco

Quartet San Francisco

Jill Pasternak welcomes the Quartet San Francisco. The ensemble discusses their unique blend of world music, tango, classical, and jazz. They also talk about their latest recording, the double Grammy-nominated Latigo.

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