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
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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