Joe Patti

Classical Host

It's his parents' fault. For Joe's sixth birthday, they gave him a transistor radio. All of a sudden, their dreams of having a doctor or lawyer (or even a fry cook) in the family went down the tubes.

For more than three decades, Joe has been defiantly disappointing his parents, to the benefit of radio listeners across the tri-state area. From Trenton to the Jersey shore, and from Philly to Wilmington, he's been programming, producing, and performing in almost every radio format, even winning an award or two along the way.

After having worked with such Philadelphia stars as Hy Lit, Sally Starr, and Johnny "Green Grocer" Lerro during his career, and having made some major noise as the operations and programming head for a South Jersey AM/FM combo, Joe thought it was time for a new challenge. Almost simultaneously, the opportunity to work as production manager at WRTI arrived. "Divine intervention," he says.

Joe is WRTI's production manager as well as a substitute classical host.

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Crossover
3:40 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

Tenor Richard Troxell: "So In Love" with Jazz

Tenor Richard Troxell Singing the National Anthem on Opening Day for the Baltimore Orioles in 2011

Returning guest, tenor Richard Troxell, can sing opera like no one's business.  Whether Rodolfo, Don Jose, Pinkerton, Romeo or Turiddu, he's a master.  Even at the ballpark singing the National Anthem, or just kidding around with Jimmy Fallon, his voice shines.  But jazz-pop?  

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Crossover
4:27 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Anonymous 4: Almost Ready to Retire Their Angelic Vocal Chords

The a cappella quartet Anonymous 4 has been singing mostly medieval music together for more than a quarter of a century.

It's been said that when you hear the vocal group Anonymous 4 perform, you're listening to the music of angels or something that can't possibly come from our world. In a word, unearthly. Unfortunately, that sound won't be around much longer, as the group has decided to retire their angelic vocal cords with the 2015-2016 season.  

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Crossover
2:37 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Star Soprano Diana Damrau Scratches An Itch

Diana Damrau, Forever: Unforgettable Favorites from Vienna, Broadway and Hollywood

Soprano Diana Damrau usually sticks with her forte of mainstream opera. Indeed, she's made her name in such demanding roles as Mozart's Queen of the Night, Strauss' Zerbinetta, Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor and Verdi's Violetta. But not long ago, she had this itch that needed scratching. And scratch she did, to excellent result.

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Crossover
4:04 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Listening to Chanteuse Anna Bergman: An Exercise in Sophistication

Cabaret singer Anna Bergman

Every so often, we like to check in with artists who've appeared on Crossover in the past to find out what they're up to. This week's returning guest is Anna Bergman, cabaret singer, concert artist, chanteuse.  

Listening to Ms. Bergman is an exercise in sophistication. From Francis Poulenc to Carole King, and everything in between, she performs opera, operetta and the so-called Great American Songbook, thrilling audiences worldwide with every bit of it.

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Crossover
6:00 am
Sat November 15, 2014

A Love Duet: Tenor Stephen Costello and Soprano Ailyn Perez

Soprano Ailyn Perez and tenor Stephen Costello met as students at AVA.

First they were students at AVA. During their studies, they were companions. Eventually they performed together on stage.  Then came love, and later, the altar. All because of opera. And we can say, "We knew them when."

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Crossover
4:59 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Versatile Excellence: Pianist Jonathan Miles Freeman

Many times, when you come across someone described as "versatile," you find they can certainly do a lot of different things, but each only adequately. Jonathan Miles Freeman, piano, is not one of those people. Freeman does everything, and he does it excellently.

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Crossover
9:03 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Highlights from the 2014 Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival

'The Lady in Number 6' traces the life of Alice Herz-Sommer, the world’s oldest pianist and the oldest known living Holocaust survivor until she passed away at 110, just days before the film about her life was chosen for an Academy Award.

The 2014 Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival, a signature program of Philadelphia's Gershman Y, runs November 1st through the 16th. The festival will showcase 17 films from eight countries, in seven different venues across the city.

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Crossover
8:44 am
Sat October 25, 2014

Finding New Ways to Engage Classical Music Audiences

Stephen Gunzenhauser is music director of the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra

Two of our favorite guests return to Crossover this week. In their own ways they create classical concert experiences...but they endeavor to take it further than that.

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Crossover
10:52 am
Sat October 18, 2014

Manfred Honeck + Pittsburgh = No More Big Five

Conductor Manfred Honeck

Once upon a time, in the world of classical music, there lived the "Big Five." The term was used to lump together the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic and our own Philadelphia Orchestra as the finest performing orchestras in the U.S.

But, over time, as other orchestras gained stature, both in performance and finances, the term became passe and no longer indicative of the American orchestral scene.

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Crossover
6:24 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Broadway On Walnut Street, With A Twist

The Walnut Street Theatre, now in its 206th season, only mounts locally produced productions of national hit shows.

Crossover takes its annual look at the Walnut Street Theatre's new season. Beginning its 206th season as the oldest theater company in the English-speaking world, the Walnut has always represented the best of Broadway in Philadelphia, but with a twist.

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