Crossover

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Jill Pasternak's weekly interview show spotlighted notable music and musicians from the classical and jazz worlds - and the periphery as well!

**After 18 years and hundreds of shows, Crossover is no longer being produced. The shows's executive producer and host, Jill Pasternak, has retired as of September 1, 2015. More information about Jill here.

Q & A with WRTI's Drivetime Diva: Jill Pasternak

Aug 31, 2015

[*This article originally appeared in the 2008 spring issue of TEMPO, WRTI's member magazine from 1997 to 2008.] How long have you been at WRTI?
I started in September 1997 - so it’s been almost 10 years. My radio days began at WMHT in Schenectady, New York, and then I was at WFLN for 10 years and WQXR in New York City before moving over to WRTI. I’ve been on air for about 23 years.

Recent honors:
I’ve been included in Who’s Who in American Women for 2007-2008. And...

Jill Pasternak's Path to WRTI

Aug 31, 2015

[*This article originally appeared in the 2000 spring issue of TEMPO, WRTI's member magazine from 1997 to 2008.] Jill Pasternak is a celebrated Philadelphia radio personality whose work was recognized by Women in Communications when she won the Sarah Award in Radio Broadcasting in 1999. She is a denizen of the town that has truly loved her back, but when she arrived here 15 years ago, it was with apprehension. She says, "I thought that when I came to Philadelphia my life was over." The story...

We have some bittersweet news here at WRTI. After more than 30 years on the radio, our longtime afternoon classical host Jill Pasternak has decided to retire as of September 1st to spend more time with her children and grandchildren.

Encore: Pianist and Conductor Christoph Eschenbach

Aug 15, 2015

This past May, pianist and conductor - and former music director of The Philadelphia Orchestra - Christoph Eschenbach was awarded the Ernst von Siemens prize for a lifetime in the service of music. Just prior to receiving the prestigious and much-deserved accolade, Maestro Eschenbach turned 75, and decided that it was time to step down from his current post as music director of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, DC. He commented that after 30 years of directing orchestras, perhaps...

Quartetto di Cremona: Tailor-Made Music from Italy

Jul 31, 2015

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! Artists-in-residence in Milan and at the Academy Santa Cecilia in Rome, the Quartetto di Cremona (Cristiano Gualco, violin; Paolo Andreoli, violin; Simone Gramaglia, viola; and Giovanni Scaglione, cello) enjoys an international reputation for artistic and thoughtful interpretations of...

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. http://youtu.be/BDhbjECuZZM Here's the scoop in a nutshell: four women got together for a music-reading session one afternoon in the spring of 1986; they wanted to...

Tenor Richard Troxell: "So In Love" with Jazz

Jul 17, 2015

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? Yes, says Richard. In fact, he has a new CD out called So In Love, comprised of pop standards and Broadway hits, performed with the accompaniment of stellar pianists Tom Lawton, Harold Evans and John Conahan, bass great...

Music With Meaning That Won't Steal The Show

Jul 11, 2015

There's a whole world of music out there that, for the most part, goes in one ear and out the other. But if it weren't there, the world probably wouldn't sound as good. We're talking about "production music." Music used to create a mood or feeling without being the foreground element in a production. Think TV shows, movies, commercials, etc. And with the digital revolution occurring, podcasts, video games, even ringtones are using production music. And if you think some of the music you hear...

Cellist Alisa Weilerstein on Crossover

Jun 28, 2015

The New York Times calls Alisa Weilerstein the " sovereign of the American cello," and continues, "it’s not technical brilliance that makes Alisa Weilerstein’s recording of Dvorak’s much-loved cello concerto special, though the young American cellist has it in spades. It’s the take-no-prisoners emotional investment that is evident in every bar, but never more so than in the heart-wrenching slow movement, where Ms. Weilerstein’s cello appears to take on human shape. " The program they're...

A Two-Man Whodunit Musical Comedy? Yup!

Jun 19, 2015

On this week's Crossover , we take to the stage to hear about the Philadelphia Theatre Company's new musical comedy, Murder for Two, running now through June 28 at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre in Center City, Philadelphia. With book and music by Joe Kinosian, book and lyrics by Kellen Blair, and direction by Scott Schwartz, the hilarious whodunit features a two-man cast, with one actor investigating the crime and the other playing all the suspects – and both playing the piano. Our guests are...

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