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. 


11:30 am
Sat September 29, 2012

Anna Netrebko: A Soprano Of Note(s)

Soprano Anna Netrebko

Jill Pasternak had the unique opportunity to speak with soprano Anna Netrebko, one of the brightest stars on the operatic stage today. Ms. Netrebko caused a sensation with her beauty, poise, and stunning vocal ability in her debuts in both Salzburg and The Met in 2002.  With the world at her feet, she has maintained a reputation of excellence and an independence in both her handling of her career and her private life. Her family is vitally important to her and her decisions about her career have been carefully made. 

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8:49 am
Fri September 14, 2012

Following Violinist Michael Ludwig's Skyrocketing Career!

After 14 years as associate concertmaster of The Philadelphia Orchestra, Michael Ludwig made a bold move – he decided to pursue the path of soloist.

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6:59 am
Sat September 8, 2012

Canadian Brass and Organist Jeffrey Brillhart: A Special Treat!

Organist Jeffrey Brillhart rehearsing with Canadian Brass.

The four musicians in the Canadian Brass, who perform works in the classical repertoire with daring leaps into jazz and popular standards, were joined by renowned organist Jeffrey Brillhart last March in Verizon Hall. On the heels of their latest album release, Canadian Brass Takes Flight (January 31, 2012), this special organ and brass program included works from their recent album, along with new arrangements and collaborations with the impressive talents of Brillhart, the director of music and fine arts at the Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church.

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8:33 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Mike + Ruthy: Celebrating Woody Guthrie And The American Dream

Mike + Ruthy performances include fiddle, banjo, guitar, ukulele, and their hallmark harmony singing.

A potent and controversial voice for America and what it stands for, Woody Guthrie sang his songs from sea to shining sea. The power of his messages touched the hearts of many Americans, and even led the U. S. government to call upon him to inspire and encourage the debilitated and exhausted construction workers of the great Hoover Dam with his songs. 

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CD Selections
11:42 am
Fri August 24, 2012

Milos: Passion, Poise, and Promise

The stunning success of 29-year-old classical guitar virtuoso Milos Karadaglic is validated after the first notes of Pasion, his second Deutsche Grammophon release. Known simply as "Milos," the guitarist's technical expertise and respect for the music he loves enhances the beauty of a varied menu of popular folk and challenging classical selections. The sprinkling of recognizable time-worn tangos contrast perfectly with the excitement of the "nuevo" world of Astor Piazolla. Terrific!

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4:18 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

Rudolf Buchbinder Revisits Beethoven Sonatas – All of Them!

Celebrated Austrian pianist and Beethoven interpreter Rudolf Buchbinder is this week's Crossover guest. He has just released a massive boxed-set collection of all 32 of the Beethoven sonatas. The Sonata Legacy, newly recorded live in concert, features Mr. Buchbinder performing the complete cycle of Beethoven's sonatas once again…after a 30-year hiatus. Time can change everything - especially the perceptions that come with age and experience.

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11:20 am
Thu August 9, 2012

A 2010 Live Interview With Marvin Hamlisch And Michael Feinstein

He was one singular sensation who left an indelible impression on American popular song. The late, legendary composer Marvin Hamlisch was Jill Pasternak's guest on Crossover in December, 2010 along with his friend and colleague, singer/pianist Michael Feinstein. Nobody did it better...

10:15 am
Tue August 7, 2012

Pianist Mirian Conti: Remembering Argentina

The Argentinian-American pianist Mirian Conti has just released her second album on the Steinway & Sons label. Nostalgias Argentinas is a statement...one that has been the subject of many books, plays, and theses.

11:30 am
Sat August 4, 2012

Violinist Gil Shaham And A Love Story For All Time

Gil Shaham

On this week's Crossover, you'll hear the story behind The Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto. WRTI's Jill Pasternak speaks with the world-famous violinist Gil Shaham about his recording of the highly acclaimed work, which is an orchestral adaptation of a popular Chinese legend.

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11:31 am
Sat July 21, 2012

The Art of Singing Opera...In Russian!

Ghenady Meirson

Wonder what it's like singing opera? Not easy, right? Now imagine singing in Russian!  Ghenady Meirson, a Russian emigre and operatic vocal coach, is an expert in training singers to master the very challenging Russian language and performance style.

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