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
3:56 pm
Sat October 20, 2007

Thomas Quasthoff: Bass-Baritone

Thomas Quasthoff

Jill Pasternak speaks with bass-baritone Thomas Quasthoff about his highly celebrated release, The Jazz Album: Watch What Happens, which was awarded the ECHO award in Germany, the highest honor given in that country's music industry.

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Crossover
1:47 pm
Sat October 20, 2007

Conversations with soprano Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and bass-baritoneThomas Quasthoff

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa

Jill Pasternak speaks with renowned soprano Dame Kiri Te Kanawa. The two look back on her distinguished career and discuss her farewell tour. Also, bass-baritone Thomas Quasthoff discusses his highly celebrated release, The Jazz Album: Watch What Happens.

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Crossover
12:54 pm
Sat October 20, 2007

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa: Soprano

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa

Jill Pasternak speaks with renowned soprano Dame Kiri Te Kanawa. The two look back on her distinguished career and discuss her farewell tour.

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Crossover
3:53 pm
Sat September 22, 2007

Riccardo Chailly: Conductor

Named "Artist of the Year" by Diapason and Gramophone magazines, Maestro Riccardo Chailly has conducted some of the world's leading orchestras. He joins Jill from his hometown of Milan to discuss the Gewandhaus Orchestra of Leipzig's new release of the Schumann symphonies re-orchestrated by Mahler. Originally aired Feb. 24, 2007.

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Crossover
1:02 pm
Sat September 15, 2007

Evgeny Kissin: Pianist

Evgeny Kissin

Jill's guest is the mesmerizing Russian-born pianist Evgeny Kissin. Hailed as one of the outstanding artists of our time, the 2006 Grammy Award winner speaks with Jill about his career and one of his newest releases, a live recording of his all-Chopin program from the Verbier Festival in Switzerland. Originally aired on April 21, 2007.

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Crossover
1:56 pm
Sat September 8, 2007

Jason Vieaux: Guitarist

Jason Vieaux

Jason Vieaux is one of today's most acclaimed and inventive classical guitarists. A top-prize winner in the 1996 Naumburg International Competition, Vieaux was also a 1995 artistic ambassador for the U.S. to Southeast Asia. Hear selections from his latest release Images of Metheny. Originally aired on April 8, 2006.

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Crossover
9:12 am
Sat September 1, 2007

Peter Levinson: Author

Peter Levinson, author of Tommy Dorsey: Livin' in a Great Big Way, chats with Jill about swing legend and big-band leader, Tommy Dorsey. Dorsey, and his brother Jimmy, helped define American pop music from the '20s to the '50s. You'll also hear rare recordings of the Dorsey Orchestra. Originally aired on May 27, 2006.

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Crossover
4:34 pm
Sat August 25, 2007

Les Tourterelles (The Turtle Doves)

The charming duo Coco Soleil and Christiana Gallagher deliver a combination of sophisticated, yet naive, French vocal selections from the renaissance to modern day, with guitar and percussion. Originally aired November 4, 2006.

 

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Crossover
9:46 am
Sat August 25, 2007

Erich Kunzel: Conductor

Erich Kunzel

Jill Pasternak hosts 2006 National Medal of Arts winner Erich Kunzel, conductor of the Cincinnati Pops. Dubbed the "Prince of Pops" by the Chicago Tribune, he's celebrating the 50th anniversary of his conducting debut. Originally aired June 18, 2006.

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Crossover
11:38 am
Sat August 18, 2007

Steven Isserlis: Cellist

Steven Isserlis

Jill interviews British-born cellist Steven Isserlis. In addition to being a world-renowned musician, Isserlis is the author of two children's books that introduce children to classical music.

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