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
8:25 pm
Mon July 16, 2012

Alison Balsom: Making The Trumpet Sing

Alison Balsom
  • Trumpeter Alison Balsom speaks with Jill Pasternak on Crossover in July 2012.

A mixture of glamor, charisma, and virtuosic musicianship aptly describes Jill Pasternak's Crossover guest this week: British trumpeter Alison Balsom. Kudos abound with raves from critics all over the world. Named "Female Artist of the Year" twice at the Classic BRITs, hailed by Gramophone magazine, Britain's Classic FM, and The New York Times, she continues to release collectable and stunning performances on the EMI label and to appear in concert and on TV with major orchestras internationally.

Crossover
11:25 am
Sat July 7, 2012

Jamie Wyeth on the Public Opening of Andrew's Wyeth's Studio

Andrew Wyeth's studio
Carlos Alejandro

A truly American experience is brought to life on Saturday, July 7th, from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm, when WRTI's Jill Pasternak speaks candidly - on location - with artist Jamie Wyeth about his life in art and the opening to the public of his father's studio in the family farmhouse in Chadds Ford, PA. 

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Crossover
10:16 am
Sun July 1, 2012

The Unique Chamber Music Ensemble: PROJECT Trio

WRTI's Jill Pasternak interviews PROJECT Trio, a passionate, high-energy chamber music ensemble comprised of three virtuosic composer/performers from Brooklyn, NY. Blending their classical training with an eclectic taste in musical styles, PROJECT Trio has made an impact on audiences of all ages. Bursting onto the scene with their landmark videos, right out of the Internet generation, PROJECT Trio is a musical experience defining a new level of entertainment!

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Crossover
11:29 am
Sat June 30, 2012

Latin Pianist Pablo Ziegler

Grammy-winning pianist Pablo Ziegler is Jill's guest this week. His Trio for New Tango appeared at Elizabethtown College this past March performing works by Astor Piazzolla.

Piazzolla brought the tango from the bordello to the concert hall, and in the process created Nuevo Tango ("New Tango") and became one of the 20th century's great composers.

WRTI Spotlight
12:12 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Wanamaker Organ Hour: July 1st at 5 pm on ENCORE!

Peter Richard Conte

WRTI's Jill Pasternak and Macy's Grand Court Organist Peter Richard Conte are joined by Alan Morrison, chair of organ studies at the Curtis Institute of Music, and four of his students: Thomas Sheehan, Bryan Anderson, Caroline Robinson, and Patrick Kreeger on Sunday, July 1st, from 5 to 6 pm. 

Mr. Sheehan and Mr. Anderson will perform a number of works, including Seth Bingham's Roulade, Richard Wagner's Overture to Tannhauser, and Julius Reubke's Sonata on the 94th Psalm.

Crossover
11:30 am
Sat June 23, 2012

Classical Guitarist Jason Vieaux

Jason Vieaux
Tyler Boyle

Guitar virtuoso Jason Vieaux joins WRTI's Jill Pasternak as he performs "My Funny Valentine" live in the WRTI studio, and discusses his new CD, The Music of Astor Piazzolla. Mr. Vieaux co-founded The Curtis Institute of Music Guitar Department in 2011.

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Originally aired February 18, 2012.

Crossover
11:30 am
Sat June 16, 2012

Tessa Souter: Jazz Vocalist and Lyricist

Jazz vocalist Tessa Souter interprets various beloved classical works with her own passionate and poetic lyrics in her newly released album, Beyond the Blue. She is joined by major jazz artists Steve Kuhn, piano (and a Steinway artist to boot), bassist David Finck, drummer Billy Drummond, vibraphonist Joe Locke, Gary Versace on accordion, and Joel Frahm on tenor sax.

This week, WRTI's Jill Pasternak speaks with Ms. Souter about her new album.

Crossover
11:35 am
Sat June 9, 2012

A Visit With The Horowitz Steinway Piano

Vladimir Horowitz at his famous piano.

This week, we're on location at Jacobs Music in Philadelphia where we visited its celebrity  resident - the Horowitz Steinway CD 503 piano. Legendary pianist Vladimir Horowitz owned and played only this piano during his lifetime, and it is now on tour throughout the United States as a special envoy for the Steinway company.

Crossover
9:50 am
Sat June 2, 2012

Wanamaker Organ Day: Live from Macy's Downtown

Wanamaker Grand Court Organ

Tune in on Saturday, June 2nd, 11:30 am to 12:30 pm, as WRTI's Jill Pasternak hosts a one-hour live broadcast from Macy's, with Wanamaker Grand Court Organist Peter Richard Conte and guests Peter Krasinski and Robert Plimpton, featured in a concert of thrilling organ masterworks. Details Here

Crossover
7:19 pm
Fri May 18, 2012

Bebe Neuwirth: Actress, Singer, Dancer Extraordinaire

Broadway and TV star Bebe Neuwirth speaks with WRTI's Jill Pasternak about her stellar career and her new CD, Porcelain. Although Ms. Neuwirth is known by many for her TV role as Lilith on Cheers and Frasier, the majority of her work has actually been as a star on the Broadway stage.

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