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
4:05 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

Crossover
10:36 am
Sun March 25, 2012

Violin Virtuoso Itzhak Perlman

Itzhak Perlman is Jill Pasternak’s esteemed guest on Crossover. The world-renowned violinist appeared at the Kimmel Center last December.

Wanamaker Organ Hour

Listen to recordings by Peter Richard Conte, Macy's Grand Court organist, from Macy's in downtown Philadelphia. Peter chats about his music with Jill Pasternak back at the WRTI studio. The Wanamaker Organ Hour is produced with the cooperation of the Friends of the Wanamaker Organ.

CBS News feature about the Wanamaker Organ:

Crossover
4:23 pm
Sat March 10, 2012

Classical Guitarist David Burgess

Classical guitarist David Burgess is Jill's guest. His recital with the Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society is on March 11th at Settlement Music School in Queen Village.

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At Your Request

This is your opportunity to request the classical pieces you want to hear. Join the fun! Fill out the form below, and then we'll do our best to get your selection on the air!

Just tell us: the name of the classical work, the name of the composer, your name and the city you live in, if you're a WRTI Member, and any comments you may have about why you're requesting this particular piece.

This is how it works: From the 50 to 60 requests received each week, we select 10 to 15 pieces that balance each other when played during the three-hour program. The three hours sound very similar to regular classical music programming - the exception being that the host mentions the name of the person requesting the music.

Crossover
2:11 pm
Sat March 3, 2012

Canadian Brass and Organist Jeffrey Brillhart

Join Jill Pasternak as she interviews The Canadian Brass, along with organist Jeffrey Brillhart. Both will be appearing together in concert at the Kimmel Center on March 10th as part of the Kimmel's Fred J Cooper Memorial Organ series.

More about Canadian Brass

Crossover
4:07 pm
Sat February 25, 2012

Violinist Anne Akiko Meyers

Join Jill Pasternak as she interviews Anne Akiko Meyers. The violinist's new CD with the English Chamber Orchestra, Air: The Bach Album, features the A minor & E Major Concerti plus the Double Concerto. The album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Classical Albums Chart.

More about Anne Akiko Meyers

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