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
2:52 pm
Sat August 11, 2007

Lang Lang: Pianist

Lang Lang Photo credit

Jill speaks with piano virtuoso Lang Lang. A child prodigy in China, he began playing when he was only two years old. He entered the Curtis Institute of Music when he was 14, and made his U.S. debut in 1998. But it was his spellbinding performance at the 1999 Ravinia Festival that catapulted him into international fame. Originally Aired April 23, 2005.

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Crossover
12:15 pm
Sat August 4, 2007

Maxim Vengerov: Violinist

Maxim Vengerov

Russian violin virtuoso Maxim Vengerov chats with Jill Pasternak about his worldwide concerto and solo recital tours. A 2004 Grammy winner for Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (with Orchestra) for the Britten: Violin Concerto/Walton: Viola Concerto, Vengerov has released a documentary film, Living the Dream.
Originally aired October 14, 2006.

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Crossover
9:23 am
Sat August 4, 2007

Jorge Federico Osorio: Pianist

Acclaimed pianist Jorge Federico Osorio talks with Jill Pasternak about his interesting career. Born in Mexico City, he has performed with leading orchestras around the world. Although primarily a classical pianist, Osorio's recordings also include Piano Espagnol and Mexican Piano Music by Manuel M. Ponce. Originally aired on August 13, 2005.

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Crossover
2:02 pm
Sat July 28, 2007

Gordon Goodwin: the Big Phat Band

This week, Jill interviews an exciting new light on the music scene. His name is Gordon Goodwin, and he has been responsible for creating a new genre of music, with his Big Phat Band?contemporary big band jazz. His newest album, The Phat Pack, highlights once again his 18 man band, made up of some of the finest studio musicians in the music world today. Inspired by the big bands of the early to mid 20th century, his new take is both nostalgic and brilliant.

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Crossover
11:05 am
Sat July 21, 2007

Edith Piaf, singer

Jill remembers an icon, Edith Piaf, a Parisian singer who captured the hearts of the entire world with her passionate and earthy performances. The show was inspired by the release of La Vie en Rose, a film which was one of the centerpiece productions of the Philadelphia Film Festival, which ended last week. Mike Lerman from the Festival staff joins Jill for the show.

Crossover
11:35 am
Sat July 14, 2007

Lalo Schifrin, pianist, composer, arranger

Lalo Schifrin is Jill's guest. They'll speak about his life and career in jazz, classical, and film and TV music, and about his then-new CD, "Letters from Argentina."

Crossover
4:43 pm
Sat July 7, 2007

Maris Jansons cond., Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra

Conductor Mariss Jansons speaks with Jill, ahead of his Wednesday night concert at the Kimmel Center with his new Bavarian Radio Symphony. Orginally Aired October 28, 2006.

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Crossover
12:33 pm
Sat June 30, 2007

Baritone Thomas Hampson: His American Music Mission

Baritone Thomas Hampson

Jill Pasternak spoke with baritone Thomas Hampson in 2006 when he was in Philadelphia on tour with his latest project with the Library of Congress: The American Songbook. We examine his stellar career, and his personal views about the mission of music, and in particular American music.
 

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Crossover
11:24 am
Sat June 23, 2007

Rossen Milanov, conductor

Just in time for the opening of the Philadelphia Orchestra's season at the Mann Music Center, Jill hosts Rossen Milanov, Associate Conductor of the Orchestra, and Artistic Director of the Mann.

Crossover
9:38 am
Sat June 16, 2007

Walnut Street Theater

Side by Side: Mark Yurkanin, Music Director, pianist Carousel: Douglass Lutz, Music Director

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