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.

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 with Jill Pasternak

Jason Vieaux, guitar

Aug 19, 2006

NOTE: This show originally aired on April 8, 2006.

This week it's a tribute to late jazz great, Brian Trainor. Jill had arranged to interview Trainor recently, but his untimely passing left the interview session unfilled. Jill last visited with Trainor several years ago, and we'll hear an update of that interview, and of course, lots of music from Brian Trainor.

This week on Crossover, a walk down memory lane with Jill, and David Leopold, curator of the exhibit Show Business: Irving Berlin's Hollywood, on view at the Michener Museum in Doylestown. The exhibit features rare film clips, photos, posters and memorabilia spanning the incredible career of one of the great American songwriters, Irving Berlin. The exhibit runs thru September 3rd at the Michener.

Jill explores the kingdom under the sea with Executive Director of Adventure Aquarium on the Camden waterfront, Greg Charbineau. He has often said that he would like to put music to the movements of the many aquatic animals housed there, and that's what we've done on this week's Crossover!

Zuill Bailey, cello

Jul 15, 2006

Cellist Zuill Bailey visits Jill this week. A notable artist, he has just completed recording the entire collection of Beethoven sonatas with pianist Simone Dinnerstein, under the auspices of the classical recording foundation, from which he won the Samuel Sanders Award. He is a sought-after and active soloist and chamber player, balancing a heavy touring schedule in concerts, and on radio and TV. He'll be appearing at Carnegie Hall this fall, with Ms. Dinnerstein.

This week, Jill chats with The 5 Browns, a quintet of unabashedly happy siblings, all concert pianists, and all graduates of the Juilliard School of Music. Their refreshing demeanor and joy in performing together the music that they love, has swept the nation and introduced scores of young people to the wonders of classical music.

ill Pasternak hosts pianist Christopher O'Riley in this week's Crossover. O'Riley, affable host of From the Top (which will follow today's Crossover program), is also a very busy performer with a wide range of repertoire that includes his improvisations on music of Radiohead, and contemporary keyboard music.


Jun 24, 2006

It's an encore broadcast of a fascinating interview with jazz harpist Carol Robbins. She has recently finished a series of appearances in New York City, and talks to Jill about the complexities and joys of playing jazz harp.