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
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.

***This month's Wanamaker Organ Hour broadcast will be on Sunday, May 11th - one week later than usual.

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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.

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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.

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Crossover

Join Jill Pasternak every Saturday for her weekly interview show spotlighting notable music and musicians from the classical and jazz worlds - and the periphery as well!  Totally un-scripted and spontaneous, Crossover sounds like nothing else on the dial -- more like friends chatting over coffee than a broadcast interview.

Classical Weekdays

WRTI brings you the best recordings of works from the vast world of classical music every weekday from 6 am to 6 pm. Chamber music, symphonies, choral works, violin concertos, piano sonatas, and more...engagingly presented with insight and a smile by our knowledgeable hosts.

Playlists are at the bottom of this page.

Crossover
4:30 pm
Sat January 28, 2012

Violin Virtuoso Itzhak Perlman

Itzhak Perlman is Jill Pasternak's esteemed guest this week. The world-renowned violinist appeared at the Kimmel Center last December.

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Crossover
3:28 pm
Sat January 21, 2012

Classical Guitarist Manuel Barrueco

Famed guitarist Manuel Barrueco

Jill Pasternak speaks with classical guitar virtuoso Manuel Barrueco. During the last three decades, Mr. Barrueco's international tours have taken him to some of the most important musical centers in the world. And his recording catalogue includes over a dozen CDs covering the majority of the guitar repertoire. Mr. Barrueco's recording of the famed Concierto de Aranjuez by Joaquin Rodrigo, with Placido Domingo conducting the Philharmonia Orchestra, is considered by many critics to be the finest rendition of this work to date.

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