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
2:28 pm
Sat March 11, 2006

ADAM UNSWORTH, French Horn

The rafters ring with the sound of jazz as Jill speaks with Adam Unsworth. Unsworth is a French hornist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, but outside of the Kimmel Center he performs his own jazz compositions. We'll hear music from his recently released CD, Excerpt This!, as well as music he performed in the WRTI Performance Studio the day of the interview.

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Crossover
9:37 am
Sat March 4, 2006

Madradeus, Portuguese guitar

Hear an exploration of the sounds of Portugal with the music of the Lisbon-based group "Madredeus." Jill speaks with Pedro Ayres Magalhaes, the composer responsible for most of the music they perform, as well as being the ensemble's guitarist.

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Crossover
12:55 pm
Sat February 18, 2006

Paulo Jobim, composer

CROSSOVER with Jill Pasternak

Crossover
12:39 pm
Sat February 18, 2006

JAMES GALWAY, flutist

This week, a conversation with distinguished artist James Galway. Knighted by Queen Elizabeth for his spectacular contribution to the world of music, he has embarked on yet another aspect of his career, conductor as well as soloist. He'll appear with his wife Jeannie Galway on a 22-city tour conducting the Polish Chamber Orchestra in a program of works celebrating the 250th birthday of Mozart.

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Crossover
1:56 pm
Tue February 14, 2006

THOMAS TIRINO, pianist

We go "south of the border" with a visit from pianist Thomas Tirino. Tirino has worked tirelessly recording and promoting the music of Cuban composer Ernesto Lecuona, and released multiple volumes of Lecouna's music on CD. Now, Tirino has turned to another composer, the Brazilian-born Ernesto Nazareth, and has just released a CD of his music. WRTI is giving away 15 copies of the new Nazareth/Tirino CD, in a random drawing from e-mails and post cards received by January 21. Be sure to include your mailing address and telephone number. If you'd like to enter, click here!

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Crossover
3:11 pm
Sat February 11, 2006

Margaret Bartley, biographer (GRISHA) Gregor Piatagorsky--Jeffrey Solow, cellist

This week, a visit with author Margaret Bartley, whose book Grisha examines the life of cellist Gregor Piatigorsky. Cellist Jeffrey Solow, on the music staff at the Esther Boyer College of Music at Temple University, and a former Piatgorsky student, also makes an appearance.

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Crossover
4:36 pm
Sat February 4, 2006

Leanne Rees, pianist/composer

This week pianist/composer Leanne Rees joins Jill on Crossover to discuss her dual career and most recent album. A trailblazer in the development of works by women composers, she has lectured and performed throughout the United States and was a featured guest on Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz on NPR.

Crossover
11:53 am
Sat January 28, 2006

Mischa and Cipa Dichter, pianists

Jill's guests this week are husband and wife duo pianists Mischa and Cipa Dichter. Both students of the distinguished pedagogue Rhosinna Levine, the two met at the Juilliard School after Mischa had won the Tchaikovsky competition in 1965. Although acclaimed as solo pianists, the two have been performing together to sold out audiences for years, and have, in this 250th anniversary year of Mozart's birth, released a double CD of the composer's complete piano works for four hands.

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Crossover
11:44 am
Sat January 21, 2006

Carol Robbins, harp

Jill's guest this week is jazz harpist Carol Robbins. A student of the late Dorothy Ashby, she was heavily influenced by the lush harmonies of pianist Bill Evans, and contemporary jazz musicians with whom she often plays. Her latest album with Billy Childs has been nominated for three Grammy's.

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Crossover
12:17 pm
Sat July 30, 2005

Les Tourterelles (The Turtle Doves) Introduction

The charming duo Les Tourterelles (The Turtle Doves). Coco Soleil and Christiana Gallagher deliver a combination of sophisticated, yet naive, French vocal selections from the renaissance to modern day, with guitar and percussion.

 

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