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
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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Crossover
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...

Crossover
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.

Crossover
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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Crossover
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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Crossover
8:25 pm
Mon July 16, 2012

Alison Balsom: Making The Trumpet Sing

Alison Balsom

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.

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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.

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