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
10:54 am
Sat June 3, 2006

Edgar Meyer, double bass

Crossover
2:15 pm
Sat May 27, 2006

Peter Levinson, author

Jill Pasternak's Crossover show this weekend features Peter Levinson, who has written a book on Tommy Dorsey's life. Tommy Dorsey Living in a Great Big Way is the book, and Crossover highlight rare recordings of the Dorsey Orchestra from the 20's to the 40's.

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Crossover
3:07 pm
Sat May 13, 2006

SOOVIN KIM, violinist

Violinist Soovin Kim visits Jill this week. Mr. Kim has quietly achieved a very high level of success in his years since graduating from Curtis. His latest recording of the 24 Paganini Caprices for solo violin is breath taking. All this has been accomplished while touring with the Musicians from Marlboro, performing in solo recitals with his accompanist Jeremy Denk, and with his trio. He is on the faculty of Yale University and Temple University, and will performing an all-Beethoven recital on May 17th, and on the 19th with program of Mozart trios.

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Crossover
4:41 pm
Sat May 6, 2006

Matt Haimovitz, cello

Cello virtuoso Matt Haimovitz is at it again. Jill speaks with him on Crossover about his recent album Goulash, a tasty mix of unusual and adventurous works.

Crossover
4:54 pm
Sat April 22, 2006

Paul Moravec, composer

This week Jill will be speaking with Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Paul Moravec, who will be in town for the world premier of his newest work, USEFUL KNOWLEDGE--a Franklin Fantasy, commissioned by the American Philosophical Society for the celebration of Benjamin Franklin's 300th birthday. A brilliant educator as well, Mr. Moravec has been recognized as a significant new compositional voice receiving honors such as the Rome Prize and fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation, the NEA and the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

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Crossover
2:42 pm
Sat April 22, 2006

Karl Middleman, conductor

Karl Middleman, music director of the New Philadelphia Classical Symphony discusses their upcoming concert focusing on the allure and music of China.

Crossover
9:53 am
Sat April 15, 2006

Midori, violin

This week, a candid interview with violin virtuoso Midori. After a lengthy career as one of the world's outstanding artists, Midori has decided to take on the task of educating the young through outreach programs and collaborations with fellow artists through her foundation Midori and Friends.

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Crossover
3:23 pm
Sat April 8, 2006

Jason Vieaux, guitar

This week, a visit from one of today's most exciting new artists-guitarist Jason Vieaux. A 1992 winner of the Guitar Foundation of America's international competition, and a top prize winner in the 1996 Naumburg competition, Vieaux was honored as an artistic ambassador for the US to Southeast Asia in 1995. He was also an NPR "Young Artist-in-Residence" for 2002. He currently holds the position of chair of the guitar department at the Cleveland Institute, and continues to perform with orchestras world-wide to critical acclaim.

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Crossover
12:18 pm
Sat March 25, 2006

Sylvia McNair, soprano

Jill's guest will be the internationally renowned soprano Sylvia McNair. For over twenty years, McNair has been gracing the stages of opera houses the world over. But recently she's been exploring music from the Great American Songbook, performing to intimate audiences across the country.

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Crossover
1:49 pm
Sat March 18, 2006

Celtic Woman, quintet

Celebrate a belated St. Patrick's Day with the female Irish quintet that's taken the world by storm--"Celtic Woman." Jill Pasternak speaks with Orla Fallon, vocalist and harpist with the group, and we'll hear music from their CD, "Celtic Woman," as well as that from some of the girls solo CD's.

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