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. 


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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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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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.

9:38 am
Sat June 16, 2007

Walnut Street Theater

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

12:04 pm
Sat June 2, 2007

The Savoy Company

Dan Rothermel, music director, Richard Schapp, baritone

3:42 pm
Sat May 26, 2007

Mark O'Connor, violinist, composer

Mark O'Connor, violinist, composer

3:56 pm
Wed May 23, 2007

Chava Albertstein: singer, composer

Israeli lady-of-song and many-times-over grammy winner.

2:05 pm
Sat May 19, 2007

Gilad, percussionist

A percussionist extraordinaire who has successfully made a name for himself in the international jazz scene.

1:03 pm
Wed May 16, 2007


Jonathon Biss has a flourishing international career established through his orchestral and recital performances in North America and Europe and now through his recordings for EMI. His recent recording of Schumann's Fantasie in C, Op.17, Arabeske in C, Op.18 and Kreisleriana, Op.16 has been widely and very warmly acclaimed.

4:21 pm
Sat May 5, 2007

Joshua Bell, violinist

Joshua Bell visits once again to discuss his latest projects, and a very interesting experiment he was involved in.