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
4:40 am
Sat February 2, 2013

Crossover Goes to the Movies with Angele Dubeau and La Pieta

This week, Jill speaks with a returning favorite guest, acclaimed Canadian violinist Angele Dubeau. Dubeau and her all-female string ensemble, La Pieta, recently released an album dedicated to the music of the movies. Silence, on joue! A Time for Us, gets its subtitle from the Nino Rota composition used in the Franco Zefirelli film, Romeo and Juliet. The ensemble effortlessly glides through movie music from John Williams to Erich Korngold, from Cinema Paradiso to the Lord of the Rings, and much more, with the same attention to performance as it gives to Bartok, Vivaldi, Glass, Cage, and others.

Listen to Crossover on Saturday mornings at 11:30 am on WRTI-FM, with an encore Friday evening at 7 pm on WRTI's all-classical web stream and HD-2.

Crossover
9:40 am
Sat January 19, 2013

Trumpeter Alison Balsom on Crossover

This week on Crossover, it's an encore featuring British trumpeter Alison Balsom. A mixture of glamor, charisma, and virtuosic musicianship aptly describes Ms. Balsom. Kudos abound with raves from critics all over the world. Named "Female Artist of the Year" twice at the Classic BRITs, hailed by Gramophone magazine, Britain's Classic FM, and The New York Times, she continues to release collectable and stunning performances on the EMI label and to appear in concert and on TV with major orchestras internationally. Ms. Balsom's recent CD of modern concertos, Seraph, adds to her repertoire of classical and Baroque composers.

Crossover
7:51 am
Sat January 12, 2013

Pianist Simone Dinnerstein Has Something To Say

The title of pianist Simone Dinnerstein's latest Sony release is Something Almost Being Said.  Despite the title, taken from one of the lines in Phillip Larkin's poem, "The Trees," her performance on the CD certainly does speak, quite loudly, of her virtuosity while capturing the intimacy of the music.

The subtitle of the album is Music of Bach and Schubert - music that, Ms. Dinnerstein says is, very personal to her.  In fact, as she tells Jill, in mentioning to her husband that this music "feels like it's saying something that couldn't be said in words," he responded with Larkin's poem. The opening lines of "The Trees" are:

"The trees are coming into leaf

Like something almost being said,

The recent buds relax and spread,

Their greenness is a kind of grief..."

Ms. Dinnerstein's "career tree" started to take root as she studied in the pre-college program at the Manhattan School of Music with Solomon Mikowsky. She later attended The Juilliard School of Music and was a student of Peter Serkin. She also studied in London with Maria Curcio.

Her break came with the self-financed recording of J.S. Bach's "Goldberg Variations." Released by Telarc in 2007, the disc hit No. 1 on the Billboard Classical chart within one week, and outsold most rock CDs on Amazon.com. The CD appeared on a number of “Best of 2007” lists, including those of The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The New Yorker, Time Out New York, iTunes “Editor’s Choice Best Classical,” Amazon.com Best CDs of 2007, and Barnes & Noble's Top 5 Debut CDs of 2007.

The three albums Ms. Dinnerstein has released since then: The Berlin Concert (Telarc), Bach: A Strange Beauty (Sony), and the aforementioned Something Almost Being Said (Sony), –have also topped the classical charts, with Bach: A Strange Beauty making the Billboard Top 200, which compiles the entire music industry's sales of albums in all genres. Ms. Dinnerstein was the best-selling instrumentalist of 2011 on the U.S. Billboard Classical chart and was included in NPR's 2011 100 Favorite Songs from all genres.

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Special Programming
4:00 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

New! On WRTI's All-Classical Stream and HD-2: 'Russian Accents' and 'Edinburgh Festival'

Sergei Rachmaninoff

As the Los Angeles Philharmonic broadcast season comes to an end January 11th, two new programs will take the Friday 8 pm slot on WRTI's All-Classical stream and HD-2 over the next eight weeks.

From January 18th through February 8th, "Russian Accents: Rachmaninoff, Stravinsky and the Piano" showcases the piano music of Sergei Rachmaninoff and Igor Stravinsky, as recorded in live performances by Alexander Toradze and members of the Toradze Piano Studio.

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A Holiday Tradition!
1:51 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

The Annual St. Olaf Christmas Festival: Dec. 24th at 6 pm on HD-2

A program in song and word, this concert has become one of the nation's most cherished holiday celebrations. Tickets to the event, which takes place at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, are always gone months in advance. The festival includes hymns, carols, choral works, and orchestral selections celebrating the Nativity and featuring more than 500 student musicians who are members of five choirs, and the St. Olaf Orchestra. Christmas Eve at 6 pm on the All-Classical Stream and HD-2.

Highlights:

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Annual Christmas Concert
1:40 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

The NY Philharmonic Winter Holiday Special: Dec. 25th, 8 pm on HD-2

Don't miss the annual Winter Holiday broadcast from the New York Philharmonic. This year's program is culled from the ensemble's extensive recorded archives - music that's perfect for the season.  Skitch Henderson makes an appearance as well. Christmas Day at 8 pm on the All-Classical Stream and HD-2.

Highlights:

Mozart:  German Dance in C, K. 605, Sleigh Ride (Leonard Bernstein, conductor)

Tchaikovsky:  Symphony No. 1, Winter Dreams

Arr. Henderson: Selections from Winter Holiday, 1961-62

A Holiday Special By The Dale Warland Singers
1:31 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Echoes of Christmas: Dec. 25th at 7 pm on HD-2

Echoes of Christmas is a program of moving choral classics celebrating Christmas. The Dale Warland Singers provided magical performances to listeners across the country for over 30 years and were acclaimed as one of America's premiere choirs. Their signature holiday concert—beloved by public-radio listeners nationwide—was the annual Echoes of Christmas program. Drawing upon the archive of their live performances, Dale Warland and host Brian Newhouse create a very special Christmas musical treat.

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Sacred Vocal Music for Christmas
1:20 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

A Choral Christmas with Stile Antico: Dec. 25th at 6 pm on HD-2

Celebrate Christmas with the sound of soaring voices! Stile Antico, the award-winning choir from London, pays a visit to St. Paul's Church on Harvard Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts, for a concert of radiant sacred music for the Christmas season by the most acclaimed composers of the Renaissance.

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A Holiday Brass & Choral Concert
1:12 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Music of the Baroque: December 24th at 8 pm on HD-2

Listen for Music of the Baroque's annual presentation of their Brass and Choral Holiday Concert on WRTI's all-classical stream and HD-2 on Christmas Eve at 8 pm. Host Peter Van De Graaff guides you through music of the 16th and 17th centuries by composers such as Michael Praetorius, Thomas Ravenscroft, Elizabeth Poston, Stephen Paulus, Herbert Howells, J. Heinrich Schütz, Giovanni Gabrieli, Claudio Monteverdi and Peter Cornelius, among others.

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