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
5:03 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Michael Stairs: The Organist's Organist

Organist Michael Stairs

When Michael Stairs sits at an organ keyboard, the result is nothing but perfection. He is indeed the organist's organist. Michael has been organist for The Philadelphia Orchestra since his appointment by Riccardo Muti in 1985. He taught at The Haverford School for 25 years and was beloved by his students. A graduate of Westminster Choir College, he also holds an Artist's Diploma from the Curtis Institute of Music.

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Crossover
7:36 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

The Sensational Serafin String Quartet

Serafin String Quartet includes Esme Allen-Creighton, Lawrence Stomberg, Lisa Vaupel, and Kate Ransom.

This week on Crossover it's a re-broadcast from 2013. Our guests are the musicians of the Serafin String Quartet. Renown worldwide for their excellent music making and lively, infectious performances, the quartet is in residence at the University of Delaware's College of Arts and Sciences. 

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Crossover
4:01 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Quartetto di Cremona: Tailor-Made Music from Italy

Quartetto di Cremona

Tailor-made you may be asking?  Well, according to Strad Magazine, the Quartetto di Cremona is "...as sleek and elegant as an Armani suit.” And it's true. Every performer should have a tailor like that!

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Crossover
7:02 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Stories of Survival: Angele Dubeau and Elaine Stritch

Elaine Stritch
Brigette Lacombe

The old saying goes, "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger."  Angele Dubeau is living proof.  An acclaimed violinist and leader of the ensemble La Pieta, Dubeau's story is both hopeful and enlightening.  

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Crossover
3:43 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Legendary Man of Music: Lorin Varencove Maazel, 1930-2014

Maestro Lorin Maazel passed away last Sunday at the age of 84.  This legendary man of music devoted over 75 years to his craft. To him, music was a bridge-builder - a way to bring peace to the world and its people.  

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Crossover
11:23 am
Tue July 15, 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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Wanamaker Organ Day
10:41 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Crossover LIVE at Wanamaker Organ Day: Saturday, June 28 at 11:30 AM

Wanamaker Organ Day is Saturday June 28th

Jill Pasternak and Peter Richard Conte broadcast Crossover live from Wanamaker Organ Day at Macy's in Center City, Philadelphia on June 28th. You're invited to join Jill and Peter, and organists Jeremy Filsell, Rudy Lucente, and Tedde Gibson. Together they will present an extraordinary program of organ works at this annual tradition that celebrates the world's largest operational pipe organ.

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Crossover
7:14 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Igor Levit: The Next-Generation Pianist Tackles Beethoven

Born in 1987, and now in his 20s, he's been called, "...the finest pianist of his generation," by the UK Telegraph, who also commented that, ..."[he] shows that he's set to be one  of this century's big names." He's Igor Levit. And his latest CD of the last five piano sonatas of Ludwig von Beethoven has been creating quite a stir.

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Crossover
3:09 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Mandolinist Avi Avital: Between Worlds

Avi Avital

"Forgetting borders" is what he calls it in the liner notes of his latest CD. He's mandolin virtuoso Avi Avital, and that CD on the Deutsche Grammophon label is, Between Worlds.

The disc is a journey with, and a tribute to, those 20th-century classical composers who used music based on folk traditions in their own works. A genre-defying tour of the globe, the program on Between Worlds ranges from Dvořák, Bloch, Villa-Lobos and Piazzolla to folk dances from Bulgaria, Georgia, Romania, Spain and Cuba.  

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Crossover
2:45 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Genre Bender: Guitarist Jason Vieaux

Guitarist Jason Vieaux

Virtuoso classical guitarist Jason Vieaux tends to go anywhere his mind can take him. From J.S. Bach to Issac Albeniz, to David Ludwig to Astor Piazaolla, to Pat Metheny to Duke Ellington, it's hard to pin Jason Vieaux down. But, perhaps, that's his plan.

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