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
4:02 am
Sat January 11, 2014

The Unassuming Virtuoso: Pianist Jeffrey Biegel

Pianist Jeffrey Biegel speaks with Jill Pasternak on Crossover, Saturday, June 15, 2013.

There's just something about pianist Jeffrey Biegel that strikes you as, well, different.  A virtuoso among those of the highest caliber, he's also incredibly modest and unassuming.  In some ways, just the guy next door.  You'd never know you were in the company of greatness...until he starts playing.  Then you know just who and what you're dealing with.

One of Steinway and Sons' first recording artists, Mr. Biegel has just released his third CD with the label, A Grand Romance.  Listening to the CD takes you back to a time when virtuoso pianists would "romance" their audiences with something other than the most serious of works.  It was a time when lighthearted sentiment, charm and technical prowess came together to woo the listener with pure entertainment.

Considered one of the great pianists of our time, Jeffrey Biegel has created a multi-faceted career as a pianist, recording artist, composer and arranger. His electrifying technique and mesmerizing touch have received critical acclaim and garner praise worldwide. Born a second-generation American, Mr. Biegel's roots are of Russian and Austrian heritage. Until the age of three, Mr. Biegel could neither hear nor speak, until corrected by surgery. The 'reverse Beethoven' phenomenon can explain Mr. Biegel's life in music, having heard only vibrations in his formative years.

In 1985, Leonard Bernstein said of Mr. Biegel, "He is a splendid musician and a brilliant performer." These comments helped to launch his 1986 New York recital debut, as the recipient of the coveted Juilliard William Petschek Piano Debut Award, in Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts' Alice Tully Hall. He has been heard in recital in New York, Boston, Washington DC, Cincinnati, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Miami, Cincinnati, London, Paris, Tokyo, Oslo, Mexico City, plus a multi-city tour of Norway.

Jeffrey Biegel was the unanimous recipient of the prestigious First Grand Prize in the 1989 Marguerite Long International Piano Competition and the First Prize in the 1985 William Kapell/University of Maryland International Piano Competition. He studied at The Juilliard School with the legendary artist/teacher Adele Marcus. He made his New York orchestral debut performing Prokofiev's 'Concerto no. 2 in g minor' with the Juilliard Philharmonia, in Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall.

Listen for Jill's conversation with pianist Jeffrey Biegel, and music from his new Steinway and Sons' CD, A Grand Romance, on Crossover, Saturday morning at 11:30 on WRTI, with an encore the following Friday evening at 7 on HD-2 and the All-Classical web stream at wrti.org.

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Crossover
7:57 am
Sat December 28, 2013

The Cypresses Play The Cypresses

The Cypress String Quartet

The Cypress String Quartet's cellist, Jennifer Kloetzel, on WRTI's Crossover with Jill Pasternak, Saturday December 28, 2013

This week on Crossover it's the San Francisco-based Cypress String Quartet. The quartet is named after a set of songs by Antonin Dvorak based on the poems of the Moravian author Gustav Pfleger-Moravsky. Up until now, the quartet had not recorded its namesake work.  But that's changed with the Cypress String Quartet's latest release on the Avie label, Dvorak: Cypresses & Op. 106. Aside from the Cypresses for String Quartet, which is a cycle of miniatures inspired by unrequited love, the CD also has a performance of Dvorak's expansive String Quartet No. 13 in G Major, Opus 106.

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Crossover
8:14 am
Sat December 21, 2013

It's a "Grassical" Christmas with the DePue Brothers Band!

You read the headline correctly. "Grassical." It's a combination of bluegrass and classical music, with elements of jazz, blues and rock included. The term was coined by the DePue Brothers, now performing as the DePue Brothers Band.  And they may call what they produce "grassical," but we call it serious fun!

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Crossover
7:42 am
Sat December 14, 2013

Musical Gifts from Joshua Bell and Friends

It's beginning to sound a lot like Christmas starting this weekend on WRTI.  And Crossover kicks off the festivities with a special show on December 14 at 11:30 am.  We'll be surveying the new CD by Joshua Bell and Friends called Musical Gifts. The Sony Masterworks release features favorites for the season performed by virtuoso violinist and great friend of WRTI, Joshua Bell, with guests ranging from Placido Domingo and Renee Fleming, to Branford Marsalis and Chris Botti, to Alison Krauss and Gloria Estefan, and man more.  

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Crossover
7:25 am
Sun December 1, 2013

Serafin String Quartet on Crossover

Serafin String Quartet

This week on Crossover, our guests are the musicians who make up the Serafin String Quartet.  Renown worldwide for their excellent music making and lively and infectous performance, the quartet is in residence at the University of Delaware's College of Arts and Sciences. 

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Crossover
8:12 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Pianist Helene Grimaud: Climbing Her "Mount Everest"

Pianist Helene Grimaud

It was around 2008 when virtuoso pianist Helene Grimaud thought about adding the Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2 to her repertoire. Seemed like a good idea at the time. After all, she calls her love of Brahms "intimate." So intimate that she performs almost every work he composed for piano, solo or otherwise.  And her relationship with his first piano concerto runs very deep.

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Crossover
4:35 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

The 1930s: World Struggles, Music Lives

The film ORCHESTRA OF EXILES reveals the story of Bronislaw Huberman, the celebrated Polish violinist who helped to rescue some of the world’s greatest musicians from Nazi Germany, and helped create the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.

This week on Crossover, a look at the struggles of the oppressed in the 1930s, and the music that helped people thrive despite those struggles. Join us on November 9th at 11:30 am. Our first guest is Dorit Straus, daughter of David Grunschlag, virtuoso violinist and the first concertmaster of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.  Ms. Straus speaks with Jill about her father and the events that put him in that very important concertmaster's chair.  We'll  hear two vintage recordings made in 1949 from a radio program in New York on which Mr.

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Crossover
9:53 am
Sat November 2, 2013

More Keyboard Conversations: Jeffrey Siegel Returns

Jeffrey Siegel
Peter Schaaf

The enlightening and well-received performance series Keyboard Conversations with Jeffrey Siegel returns to the Kimmel Center this year for its ninth season. Mr. Siegel, a virtuoso pianist who has performed with the world's great orchestras, has been praised internationally for his popular signature Keyboard Conversations programs, which he performs worldwide. 

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Crossover
8:06 am
Sat October 19, 2013

Tango Fire: Burning Passion, Exquisitely Alluring

Tango Fire

What's new? Tango Fire...an ensemble that has taken the world by storm. Five couples and four musicians who have danced their way into the soul of tango lovers, far and wide.

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Crossover
2:24 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Grounded, Yet Flying High: Conductor Rossen Milanov

Rossen Milanov

Rossen Milanov on Crossover w/Jill Pasternak, October 12, 2013

Rossen Milanov is a busy man of the world.  The miles he racks up, both driving and flying, are great.  Just look at his schedule from now through the first week in December: the Colorado Symphony in Denver, the Fort Worth Symphony in Texas, the Princeton Symphony in New Jersey, the Latvian National Symphony in Latvia, the Orchesta Sinfonica del Principado de Asturias in Spain, the Aalborg Symphony in Denmark, and finally back home to lead Camden's Symphony in C.  It's almost as though Alec Baldwin is about to come up and ask him, "What's in your wallet?"

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