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.

Ways to Connect

The Sensational Serafin String Quartet

Aug 8, 2014

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. 

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.  

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.  

Mandolinist Avi Avital: Between Worlds

Jun 5, 2014

"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.  

Genre Bender: Guitarist Jason Vieaux

May 30, 2014

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.

Songs from the Guitar of Milos

May 16, 2014

Montenegrin guitarist Miloš Karadaglić, or simply Miloš ("mee-lohsh") is taking the classical guitar music world by storm.

His debut CD from 2011, Mediterráneo, in the space of just a few months, topped classical charts around the world, became an internationally best-selling sensation, and earned Miloš Gramophone’s prestigious Young Artist of the Year Award.  Not a bad start.

When you think female trumpeters, Alison Balsom usually comes to mind first. But there's another lady that's about to give Ms. Balsom a run for her money. Enter Norwegian-born Tine Thing Helseth. In urgent demand as a fast-rising soloist, the 26-year-old trumpeter, whose first name is pronounced "tina ting," has already performed with  the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, The Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, and the list goes on...

Virtuoso violinist Anne Akiko Meyers tells the story of seeing an old Jack Benny routine on TV. Mr. Benny had two violins: an el cheapo model, and an expensive Stradivarius. He wanted to show the difference between the two instruments.  The comedian launches into Mendelssohn on the el cheapo and gets, "...squeak, SQUEAK, SQUONK, squeal..." Benny then picks up the Strad and plays the same piece. "...Squeak, SQUEAK, SQUONK, squeal..."   Yes, comedy. But Meyers' point was that it's not really the instrument that makes the artist.

The more you look and listen, the more you realize that classical music and jazz tend not to stay in separate lanes.  Sometimes they won't even use turn signals.  A good example is "With A Gentle Touch," from the CD, Classic Encounter by the Ramsey Lewis Trio with the Philharmonia Orchestra under James Mack. Warning: this is a habit-forming tune, as is the whole CD.  

WRTI celebrates Passover with two great specials: A Musical Feast for Passover with Itzhak Perlman: Wednesday, April 16 at 7 pm on WRTI HD-2 and the All-Classical stream at wrti.org, and The Passover Story with Theodore Bikel: Saturday, April 19 at 11:30 am on Crossover.

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