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
4:00 pm
Sat May 5, 2007

Stanley Cowell and Julianne Baird

We hear a wonderful interview that had been lost (and miraculously found) between eminent jazz pianist-composer Stanley Cowell and acclaimed soprano Julianne Baird. Bob Perkins joins Jill in this very interesting conversation.

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Crossover
11:08 am
Sat April 7, 2007

JOHN RUTTER: composer, conductor

Jill's guest this week is one of the most respected figures in choral music, and a composer and conductor. John Rutter's works are among the most frequently-performed works in the choral repertoire, and he joins Jill on this week's Crossover.

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Crossover
4:00 pm
Sat February 10, 2007

James Galway, flute

Flutist James Galway chats with Jill about his upcoming concert and recital schedule, with his wife, flutist Jeannie Galway. Originally Aired October 28, 2006.

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Crossover
9:15 am
Sat December 2, 2006

Indrek Laul, piano

Jill is joined by internationally acclaimed pianist Indrek Laul, who also happens to be President of the Estonia Piano Company, one of the few manufacturers with a world-class performer at its helm.

Crossover
4:49 pm
Sat November 18, 2006

Marni Nixon, singer

A fascinating Crossover this week, as Jill's guest is the voice behind the faces of some of Hollywood's most important musical stars. Marni Nixon has "ghost-sung" for Deborah Kerr in The King and I, Natalie Wood in West Side Story, and Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady to name a few. She has just written an autobiography that is spellbinding and Jill speaks with her about her life in music and films.

Crossover
1:26 pm
Sat November 11, 2006

NATIONAL CONSTITUTION CENTER Steve Frank, V.P. Education and Exhibits

This Veterans Day, Jill speaks with Steve Frank, Vice President of Education and Exhibits at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. They'll take you on a walking tour of the profoundly moving 9/11: A Nation Remembers, the current exhibit on view until January 1st.

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Crossover
9:50 am
Sat October 21, 2006

Elizabeth Pitcairn, violin

This week's Crossover is a Jazz-Classical double header. Jill Pasternak welcomes Eric Mintel, jazz pianist and composer, and violin virtuoso Elizabeth Pitcairn. Both are Philadelphia-born artists and have carved successful careers in their respective genres.

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Crossover
1:02 pm
Sat October 7, 2006

Winterthur - Fashion in Film

Jill takes you on a walking tour through Winterthur's current exhibit, Fashion in Film, which runs through January 7th. She's accompanied by Winterthur Host/Curator Kathleen Keifer and Nancy Lawson, the American representative for the renowned British costume house Cosprop. The exhibit features original period costumes worn by some of Hollywood's most glamorous stars in film classics.

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Crossover
3:40 pm
Sat September 30, 2006

Mississippi Guitar Quartet

Jill has four special guests this week, the members of the Mississippi Guitar Quartet. Its members, including founder Giovanni DeChiaro, will be making their New York debut at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall.

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Crossover
9:52 am
Sat September 23, 2006

Robert DeCormier and Counterpoint

Choral master Robert DeCormier visits with Jill this week. Admired for the level of excellence he established in his 17 years as Music Director of the New York Choral Society, Mr. DeCormier continues that tradition with two recent releases, Yiddish Songs from the Shtetl to the Resistance, and the Argentinian mass, Misa Criolla, performed by his Vermont-based ensemble, Counterpoint.

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