Crossover

Saturday, 11:30 am to 12:30 pm

Join Jill Pasternak every Saturday for her weekly interview show spotlighting notable music and musicians from the classical and jazz worlds - and the periphery as well!  Totally un-scripted and spontaneous, Crossover sounds like nothing else on the dial -- more like friends chatting over coffee than a broadcast interview.

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September 29, 2012

11:30 AM
Don Giovanni, ossia Il dissoluto punito, K.527 / Act 2 - Vedrai, carino
Artist : Anna Netrebko
Album : Live at the Metropolitan Opera
Composer : W.A. Mozart
Catalog : 477-9903
Label : Deutsche Grammophon
11:37 AM
War and Peace, Op.91 - Ya ne budu ... Duet: Kak solntze za garoi
Artist : Anna Netrebko
Album : Live at the Metropolitan Opera
Composer : Sergei Prokofiev
Catalog : 477-9903
Label : Deutsche Grammophon
11:45 AM
I Puritani / Act 2 - Qui la voce sua soave
Artist : Anna Netrebko
Album : Live at the Metropolitan Opera
Composer : Vincenzo Bellini
Catalog : 477-9903
Label : Deutsche Grammophon
11:50 AM
La Sonnambula / Act 2 - Ah, non credea mirarti
Artist : Anna Netrebko
Album : Sempre Libera
Composer : Vincenzo Bellini
Catalog : B0002999
Label : Deutsche Grammophon
12:00 PM
Lucia di Lammermoor / Act 3 - Il dolce suono - Ardon gl’incensi
Artist : Anna Netrebko
Album : Live at the Metropolitan Opera
Composer : Vincenzo Bellini
Catalog : 477-9903
Label : Deutsche Grammophon
12:15 PM
Gianni Schicchi - O mio babbino caro
Artist : Anna Netrebko
Album : Sempre Libera
Composer : Giacomo Puccini
Catalog : B0002999
Label : Deutsche Grammophon
12:20 PM
La Bohème / Act 1 - "O soave fanciulla"
Artist : Anna Netrebko
Album : Live at the Metropolitan Opera
Composer : Giacomo Puccini
Catalog : 477-9903
Label : Deutsche Grammophon

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Crossover
12:59 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Violinist Maria Bachmann: French Fantasy

Violinist Maria Bachmann's new CD is FRENCH FANTASY

Violinist Maria Bachmann with Jill Pasternak on Crossover, Saturday, March 23, 2013

This week on Crossover, it's a repeat broadcast of  Jill Pasternak's recent interview with violin virtuoso Maria Bachmann. A student of Ivan Galamian and Szymon Goldberg at Philadelphia's Curtis Institute of Music, she was awarded the school's Fritz Kreisler Prize for outstanding graduating violinist. Bachmann made her professional debut in New York in 1987 after placing first in the Fritz Kreisler International Violin Competition in Vienna. She has since established herself as a leading concert and recital hall artist worldwide.

Bachmann is perhaps best-known for her performances of new music by George Rochberg, Leon  Kirchner, Albert Glinsky and Paul Moravec. Her debut recording on BMG, released in 1993, featured works from the 20th century, accompanied by award-winning pianist Jon Klibonoff. But her musical interests are wider than just new music.  Another BMG release of the Beethoven and Mendelssohn violin concertos was very well received.    

In 2010, she gave the world premiere performance of Moravec's Violin Concerto at the Kimmel Center with Philly's Orchestra 2001. She repeated that performance this past March with South Jersey's Symphony in C, under Rossen Milanov, which was recently broadcast on WRTI.  We'll hear an excerpt from that performance on this show. Moravec has written fourteen solo and chamber works specifically for Bachmann.    

Bachmann is also known for her chamber music performances, having appeared in concert and on recordings with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. She founded the Bachmann-Klibonoff-Fridman Piano Trio in 1993, which for a time was the resident ensemble at WQXR Radio in New York. In 2001, she formed Trio Solisti, comprised of Bachmann, Klibonoff, and cellist Alexis Gerlach. Bachmann is also artistic director of the Telluride Music Festival, for which Trio Solisti is the founding ensemble.  

Bachmann performs on a 1782 violin by Nicolo Gagliano.  

We'll hear the aforementioned excerpt of the Moravec violin concerto on the show, plus music from her new Bridge release called, French Fantasy. Bachmann is accompanied by pianist Adam Neiman on the disc, performing works of Debussey, Franck, and Saint-Saens.  

Listen for Jill's conversation with violin virtuoso Maria Bachmann on Crossover, Saturday morning, March 23rd at 11:30 am on WRTI-FM, with an encore the following Friday evening at 7 pm on HD-2 and the All-Classical web stream at wrti.org.

Crossover
7:29 am
Sat September 28, 2013

Conductor Stephen Gunzenhouser: Classical Music's Tour Guide

The internationally known conductor Stephen Gunzenhouser, music director of the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, considers himself a musical tour guide of sorts. Makes sense when you look at his discography and see just how many recordings he's made with orchestras and ensembles worldwide.  The Capella Istropolitana, the Slovak Philharmonic, the National Orchestra of Argentina, the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, the National Symphony of Ireland, the Polish National Radio Symphony, the Gulbenkian Orchestra, the Bogota Philharmonic, and the list goes on and on.  

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Crossover
7:21 am
Sat September 21, 2013

Violinist Nicola Benedetti: Another Film Music CD? Yes...And No!

Violinist Nicola Benedetti's latest CD on the Decca label is "The Silver Violin."  The CD contains Ms. Benedetti's take on music used in film by Korngold, Shostakovich, Marianelli, Shore, Mahler and more.

The reaction upon first seeing the CD when it arrived at the station: "Yawn...OK...another film music disc." But! When the disc actually made it into the CD player, the scales fell from both the eyes and the ears, and all one could say was, "Wow."  We have no doubt you'll have the same final reaction we did. "Wow."

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Crossover
6:52 am
Sat September 7, 2013

Itzhak Perlman's Eternally Beautiful Music For The Soul

The distinguished violinist Itzhak Perlman offers a glimpse into the classical Jewish Cantorial repertoire, and beloved liturgical and traditional works in new arrangements backed by chamber orchestra and Klezmer musicians. Mr. Perlman is joined by his dear friend and colleague, Cantor Yitzchak Meir Helfgot.

While rooted in the Cantorial-liturgical tradition of Jewish music, the ten tracks on Eternal Echoes: Songs And Dances For the Soul encompass a wide range of sonic modes and musical moods. The CD has just the right mixture of happy and sad, and laughter through tears.

Crossover
8:54 am
Sat August 31, 2013

America The Beautiful: The Immigrant Experience

Quiara Alegría Hudes

American playwright Quiara Alegria Hudes on Crossover with Jill Pasternak, August 31, 2013

They say America is a country of immigrants. And it is that immigrant experience that we explore and celebrate on Crossover this week.  A smash Broadway hit, In the Heights details the life and survival of a family and their pursuit of happiness in the “promised land” of America. Set in the Washington Heights barrio of New York City, the characters wrestle with the heartache and the joys and the drama of “making it” in a country that is not their native land.

Philadelphia native and Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Quiara Alegria Hudes, received a Tony Award for her book of the show, and she recalls the other honors and the differences in the creative process. In The Heights will be at the Walnut Street Theatre from September 3rd though October 20th.
 

Guitarist Manuel Barrueco, on Crossover with Jill Pasternak, from 2010.

In the same vein, we reprise a conversation from 2010 with virtuoso guitarist Manuel Barrueco. A native of Cuba, he studied at the esteemed Esteban Salas Conservatory in Cuba, came to the United States as part of the Cuban exodus, enrolled in Baltimore’s, Peabody Institute, and in 1974 became the first classical guitarist to win the Concert Artists Guild award.  He has recorded over a dozen albums for EMI and with every major orchestra along with Deep Purple and The Police.

Crossover
12:37 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Tackling Schumann: The Canadian Brass Scores!

The Canadian Brass

Let's face it, for most people thoughts of brass conjure up either college football halftime bands or worse, the "sad tuba and trombone" music cues marking a game show loser (think The Price Is Right when the contestant gets the price wrong and doesn't win the car). Personally, the holidays are what comes to mind when I think of brass.

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Crossover
4:29 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

The First Call: Tenor Sax Larry McKenna

Tenor sax Larry McKenna

Here in Philly, whenever someone needs a tenor sax player, the first call is to jazz great Larry McKenna. It's been that way for so long that most know his number by heart. And it's not just jazz bands that make that call.

It was that way when he backed Sinatra at the Latin Casino; when he was part of the "MFSB Orchestra" for Gamble and Huff backing Patti LaBelle, Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes and other Philly greats; when director Alan Parker needed music and a player for the Nicholas Cage film, Birdy, and many other instances.

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Music Features
10:23 am
Sat August 10, 2013

Mezzo Laurie Rubin: The Color of Dreams and Music

Laurie Rubin, mezzo-soprano
Jonathan Barkat

She's blind.  She can't see.  Unfortunately, for many people, it's a stigma they can't overcome.  They are the naysayers, the ones who ironically just can not see beyond a person's imperfections.  She's not normal, they say.  She'll never live a normal life, find romance, hold a job or live independently.

They are wrong.  They are the ones who are blind.

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Crossover
9:53 am
Sat July 27, 2013

Rachel Barton Pine: Violin Lullabies That Won't Put You To Sleep

The big news this week was the birth of Prince George Alexander Louis, the new Duke of Cambridge. Plenty of sleepless nights certainly await the Royal parents; so this new collection of lullabies may be just what the royal doctor ordered.

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Crossover
4:29 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Guitarist David Cohen: Healing And Helping Through Music

Guitarist David Cohen with Jill Pasternak, July, 2013

David Cohen speaks with Jill Pasternak on Crossover, July 20, 2013

This week we feature a musician who has gone well beyond his role as an entertainer to become an active member of humanitarian causes he believes in. In an effort to fight hunger, David Cohen co-founded the Ocean Grove Music Arts Festival from which all proceeds go directly to the Food Bank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties in New Jersey.  

He also initiated the website PhiladelphiaClassicalMusic.com to promote classical music in the area, and established PhiladelphiaGuitarNews.com with the same goal in targeting guitar players in Philadelphia.  

His newest album David Cohen: Guitar pays homage to his late wife, Tatyana, who recently lost her battle against ovarian cancer.  The CD is an intimate celebration of love and life and the brave battle she and so many other women have fought.  A portion of the proceeds of the album will support the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, where David assists in the development and implementation of patient and family- centered care philosophy and practices. Saturday, July 20, 11:30 am to 12 noon.

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