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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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.

More about Jason Vieaux

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.

Crossover
4:05 pm
Tue May 15, 2012

Music for Youth's YOU GOT RHYTHM Competition

Music for Youth's inaugural competition for piano, violin, and voice is called "You Got Rhythm," and is dedicated to the memory of George Gershwin on the 75th anniversary of his death.  Take a backstage look at the competition with Jill Pasternak's guests including Victoria Kogan - the founder of Music for Youth, International Opera Theater's Karen Saillant, Russian pianist Daniel Kramer, virtuoso pianist Susan Starr, and Francesca Gershwin, the grand-niece of George Gershwin.

Crossover
3:32 pm
Tue May 15, 2012

Cypress String Quartet

WRTI's Jill Pasternak speaks with violinist Tom Stone and cellist Jennifer Kloetzel from the Cypress String Quartet about their new CDs - The American Album and the three-volume set Beethoven's Late Quartet.

Crossover
4:54 pm
Thu April 12, 2012

Violinist Joshua Bell

WRTI's Jill Pasternak speaks with violinist Joshua Bell on Saturday, April 14th, from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm. The world-renowned virtuoso updates us on his life, his longtime collaboration with pianist Jeremy Denk, and his new appointment as music director of Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. He appears at the Kimmel Center on April 16th with the ensemble.

Crossover
8:39 pm
Fri March 30, 2012

The First Philadelphia Flamenco Festival

Jill Pasternak discusses the first Philadelphia Flamenco Festival with Elba Hevia y Vaca, artistic/executive director of Pasión y Arte, the Festival's presenting organization.

Information about Pasion y Arte Flamenco

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