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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5:08 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Can Chinese Classical Pianist Di Wu Play Jazz With The Pros? You Bet!

Pianist Di Wu

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.  

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4:43 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

How Sweet The Sound: John Harbison's Music Inspires Philadelphia Composers

Composer and pianist John Harbison is the focus of Network for New Music's April 4 to 6 concerts and workshops.

Network For New Music, the award-winning new music ensemble and organization based in Philadelphia, looks at the music of the eclectic composer and pianist John Harbison at concerts and workshops from April 4 to 6, featuring music inspired by jazz, poetry, and American popular song.

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11:57 am
Sat March 22, 2014

A Doubleheader! Basic Bach, and a Seder Different From Any Other Seder

Pianist Simone Dinnerstein

When Bach wrote his Inventions and Sinfonias BWV 772-801, he described them this way, "An Honest Guide by which lovers of the clavier, and particularly those with a desire to learn, are shown a plain way, not only (1) to learn and play neatly in two parts, but also, with further progress, (2) to play correctly and well in three obligato parts; and, at the same time, not only to obtain good musical themes, but also to develop them well; above all, however, to achieve a cantabile style of playing, and along with it, to gain a strong foretaste of composition."

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9:15 am
Sat March 8, 2014

Philly's On Fire With Flamenco...Again!

The biennial Philadelphia Flamenco Festival, the second so far, continues through March 16th. Check it out here! But be prepared. Flamenco has a tendency to change your life in a heartbeat.

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WRTI Spotlight
8:13 am
Sat March 1, 2014

Paco De Lucia, Modern Superstar Of Flamenco, Dies

Paco de Lucia in 1982.
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Originally published on Thu February 27, 2014 12:08 pm

Paco de Lucia, considered by his fans and critics to be the world's greatest flamenco guitarist, died Wednesday in Mexico of a heart attack. The 66-year-old musician was a modern superstar in a Roma, or Gypsy, tradition that is hundreds of years old.

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8:10 am
Sat February 15, 2014

High-Level Singing: French Countertenor Philippe Jaroussky

Most professional singers of any success sing at a high-level of performance. The voice of a countertenor demands even higher levels of performance, if only because his register is so high.  

Then there's Philippe Jaroussky. The highs he hits are a triple-play: an angelic castrato-like voice, a high-level of performance, and quite a few awards to complement the package.

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3:52 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Legrand, Michel, Brosse and a World Premiere for Harp

Harpist Catherine Michel performs with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia on Feb. 9, 10 and 11.

It's not often that we hear about a work for harp getting its world premiere. So it's rather special when it does happen. And, when the work is a harp concerto by Michel Legrand - well, that kicks it up a notch. Add to that, world-renowned harpist Catherine Michel as soloist, and you have a blockbuster. Couple that with Dirk Brosse and the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia accompanying Ms. Michel and you have a spectacular musical event.

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5:36 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Like Father Like Son: Violinist Michael Ludwig Leads His Father's Orchestra on Jan. 26th

Violinist Michael Ludwig

The relationship of children to parents is not an easy thing to explain. Suffice it to say, we are products of our home environment and we can often give credit to parents for steering their children into the paths that may lead them to the proper education which in turn can result in satisfying intellectual achievement. and perhaps even professional success.

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4:02 am
Sat January 11, 2014

The Unassuming Virtuoso: Pianist Jeffrey Biegel

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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7:57 am
Sat December 28, 2013

The Cypresses Play The Cypresses

The Cypress String Quartet

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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