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

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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Crossover
9:06 am
Sat January 14, 2012

A Tribute to Soprano Ruby Elzy

Soprano Ruby Elzy

The extraordinary soprano Ruby Elzy was personally chosen by George Gershwin to create the leading role of Serena in the original production of Porgy and Bess. After singing in more than 800 performances, and drawing fame for her signature song "My Man's Gone Now," the Juilliard-trained vocalist - plucked from poverty in Mississippi - was set to take on the role of Aida when tragedy struck at age 35.

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Crossover
4:52 pm
Sat January 7, 2012

Violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg

Violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg

Nadja Salerno Sonnenberg is Jill's guest. The world-famous violinist, a Curtis grad and winner of the Naumburg Violin Competition in 1981, launched her own recording label (NSS Music) in 2005, and is also concertmaster and music director of her own orchestra, the NEW CENTURY Chamber Orchestra based in San Francisco.

NSS Music released Together, Nadja's first recording collaboration with NEW CENTURY, in 2009.

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CD Selections
10:46 am
Mon January 2, 2012

Jill Pasternak Recommends...

Sergei Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3 in d minor, op. 30
Vladimir Horowitz, piano
The New York Philharmonic; Eugene Ormandy, conductor

It's not often that we re-discover or even newly discover treasures that are hidden in our libraries, but this one is irresistible and undeniably the most exciting recording of one of the most technically demanding works in the piano repertoire - Sergei Rachmaninoff's Third Piano Concerto.

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Crossover
11:18 am
Sat December 31, 2011

Maestro David Amado

Join Jill Pasternak as she interviews Delaware Symphony Orchestra Music Director David Amado.

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Music Features
3:51 pm
Sat December 17, 2011

Maestro Peter Nero

Philly Pops Music Director Peter Nero is Jill Pasternak's guest this week. The Philly Pops 2011 holiday concert series runs from December 14th to 22nd at the Kimmel Center.

Crossover
12:32 pm
Thu December 8, 2011

Flutist Joshua Smith

Grammy-nominated flutist Joshua Smith is Jill Pasternak's guest this week. He's performing at the American Philosophical Society on December 13th in a Philadelphia Chamber Music Society concert.

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