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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August 18, 2012

11:30 AM
Piano Sonata No. 1 in F mnior, Op. 2/1: I. Allegro
Artist : Rudolph Buchbinder
Album : Beethoven - The Sonata Legacy
Composer : Ludwig van Beethoven
Catalog : 86978
Label : RCA Red Seal
11:49 AM
Piano Sonata No. 21 in C major, Op. 53 Waldstein: I. Allegro con brio
Artist : Rudolph Buchbinder
Album : Beethoven - The Sonata Legacy
Composer : Ludwig van Beethoven
Catalog : 86978
Label : RCA Red Seal
12:10 PM
Andante and Variations
Artist : Rudolph Buchbinder
Album : Schumann Works (album only)
Composer : Robert Schumann
Label : The Philadelphia Orchestra


6:52 am
Sat March 2, 2013

Turkish Bass Burak Bilgili on Crossover

Burak Bilgili speaks with Jill Pasternak on Crossover, Saturday March 2, 2013

Last week's guest on Crossover was Turkish Bass Burak Bilgili. Turkish? Not necessarily the first nationality that comes to mind when you think "opera singer." But, wait till you hear that voice!

A 2004 graduate of the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, Bilgili made his international debut in 2002 - while still a student at AVA - as Duke Alfonso in Donizetti's Lucrezia Borgia at La Scala. His Metropolitan Opera debut was May 7, 2004, when he sang Leporello without either a full-stage or orchestra rehearsal in the final performance of Don Giovanni that season. When he took his solo bow at the end of the performance, the audience roared in appreciation. He returned to the company in 2009 as Ferrando in Il trovatore.

Starting Saturday evening, March 2nd, Bilgili will appear in the lead role in the Academy of Vocal Arts' production of Don Quichotte. Performances run through March 9th at AVA, and March 12th and 14th at Haverford's Centennial Hall. The production will also be heard as a Sunday Opera Special on March 10th at 3 pm on WRTI and the all-classical stream at

3:45 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Evenings at Zimmermann's on Crossover

Flutist Robert Stallman

This week virtuoso flutist Robert Stallman and renowned harpsichordist Edwin Swanborn invite you to join them at Leipzig's famed Cafe Zimmermann for Obbligato Sonatas for Flute and Harpsichord.  Featured composer is Johann Sebastian Bach, who has also brought along a pickup group of musician friends to flesh out the evening.  

Music lovers, professionals and amateurs are all welcome to share delicious coffee, stimulating conversation, spirits and the stories behind the great music.  Saturday, February 23, 11:30 am to 12:30 pm

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5:15 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Pianist Rudolf Buchbinder Returns to Crossover

Rudolf Buchbinder, pianist
Phillipp Horak

One of the world's foremost and most prolific artists returns to Crossover this week. But the Australian pianist Rudolf Buchbinder isn't just a virtuoso. He's a really interesting person as well. One who loves life just as much as music.

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7:57 am
Fri February 8, 2013

A First for Violinist Joshua Bell and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields

  Sony Classical's new disc featuring the venerable Academy of St. Martin in the Fields (ASMF) will be released on Feb. 12th; but this outing is different from any other ASMF recording. It's violinist Joshua Bell's first recorded appearance with the Academy as it's new music director.  

This week on Crossover, Jill premieres this recording of Beethoven's 4th and 7th symphonies, and speaks with Josh about his role as music director of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields.

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4:40 am
Sat February 2, 2013

Crossover Goes to the Movies with Angele Dubeau and La Pieta

Angele Dubeau speaks with Jill Pasternak on Crossover February 2, 2013

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.

9:40 am
Sat January 19, 2013

Trumpeter Alison Balsom on Crossover

Trumpeter Alison Balsom speaks with Jill Pasternak on Crossover in July, 2012.

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.

7:51 am
Sat January 12, 2013

Pianist Simone Dinnerstein Has Something To Say

Pianist Simone Dinnerstein with Jill Pasternak on Crossover, Jan. 12, 2013

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 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,” 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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8:54 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

Pianist Peter Donohoe: Anything Goes!

Over his more than forty-year career, the acclaimed British pianist Peter Donohoe has become known as one of the foremost pianists of our time.  A Silver Medal winner of the 1982 International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, the list of places he's performed and musicians he's performed with is as long as his repertoire is wide.

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3:26 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

The Delaware Symphony Orchestra: A Second Chance

DSO onstage

The DSO's Maestro David Amado speaks with Jill on Crossover 12.23.2012

The news came down in late May, 2012. The Delaware Symphony Orchestra was suspending preparations for its 2012-2013 season as of June 1st.  The declining economy made finding new sources of funding necessary, along with the search for and adoption of a "new business model" to help the organization withstand difficulties in future seasons. Although sources were quoted as saying the suspension had nothing to do with the ongoing contract negotiations between the DSO and the players, having that lingering in the background was just another black cloud hanging over the organization.

Then things started looking up.  

A short chamber series was announced in August for fall 2012.  There was also talk of a short concert series for early 2013.  Before long, the DSO and the players came to a short-term agreement, and the talk of a short concert series became more than than just talk. 

We'll speak with Delaware Symphony Orchestra Music Director David Amado about the current situation with the orchestra, what's planned for the three-concert series beginning in January, and the hope that this may be the only speed-bump on the road to performing classical music in the First State. Crossover, Saturday morning, 11:30 am to 12:30 pm on WRTI-FM and the All-Classical Stream.

5:14 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Astral's Artists: The Sky's The Limit

Alexandre Moutouzkine, piano

Crossover with guests from Astral Artists (from December 15, 2012)

Currently celebrating its 20th anniversary, Astral Artists is an organization that represents and promotes, throughout our region, the best and brightest emerging musicians.  Astral was founded by Vera Wilson, whose vision it was to discover the most promising classical musicians residing in the United States, assist their early professional career development, and present their world-class artistry to the community through concerts and outreach programs.  Wilson knew that nurturing and empowering the talent and ingenuity of these rising stars would ensure a rich musical legacy for generations to come.  Among those who've benefited from Astral's assistance: pianists Charles Abromovic, Simone Dinnerstein and Natalie Zhu; violinists Soovin Kim, Nicolas Kendall and Ayano Ninomiya; vocalists Meredith Arwady, Indra Thomas and Robin Frye; ensembles like Time for Three and the Chiara String Quartet, and other musicians too numerous to mention.

We'll speak with Astral founder Vera Wilson, and two current Astral roster-mates, Julliard graduate flutist Julietta Curenton and Manhattan School  of Music graduate pianist Alexandre Moutouzkine, both of whom have stellar credits to their names.  Curenton and Moutouzkine will also perform duet and solo in WRTI's Performance Studio during the program.

Flutist Julietta Curenton and pianist Alexandre Moutozkine performing "Get On Board," composed by Julietta's mother Evelyn Simpson Curenton, a leading African-American composer, pianist, organist, and vocalist. Recorded live at WRTI.