Jill's guest is the mesmerizing Russian-born pianist Evgeny Kissin. Hailed as one of the outstanding artists of our time, the 2006 Grammy Award winner speaks with Jill about his career and one of his newest releases, a live recording of his all-Chopin program from the Verbier Festival in Switzerland. Originally aired on April 21, 2007.
Jason Vieaux is one of today's most acclaimed and inventive classical guitarists. A top-prize winner in the 1996 Naumburg International Competition, Vieaux was also a 1995 artistic ambassador for the U.S. to Southeast Asia. Hear selections from his latest release Images of Metheny. Originally aired on April 8, 2006.
Peter Levinson, author of Tommy Dorsey: Livin' in a Great Big Way, chats with Jill about swing legend and big-band leader, Tommy Dorsey. Dorsey, and his brother Jimmy, helped define American pop music from the '20s to the '50s. You'll also hear rare recordings of the Dorsey Orchestra. Originally aired on May 27, 2006.
The charming duo Coco Soleil and Christiana Gallagher deliver a combination of sophisticated, yet naive, French vocal selections from the renaissance to modern day, with guitar and percussion. Originally aired November 4, 2006.
Jill Pasternak hosts 2006 National Medal of Arts winner Erich Kunzel, conductor of the Cincinnati Pops. Dubbed the "Prince of Pops" by the Chicago Tribune, he's celebrating the 50th anniversary of his conducting debut. Originally aired June 18, 2006.
Jill speaks with piano virtuoso Lang Lang. A child prodigy in China, he began playing when he was only two years old. He entered the Curtis Institute of Music when he was 14, and made his U.S. debut in 1998. But it was his spellbinding performance at the 1999 Ravinia Festival that catapulted him into international fame. Originally Aired April 23, 2005.
Russian violin virtuoso Maxim Vengerov chats with Jill Pasternak about his worldwide concerto and solo recital tours. A 2004 Grammy winner for Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (with Orchestra) for the Britten: Violin Concerto/Walton: Viola Concerto, Vengerov has released a documentary film, Living the Dream. Originally aired October 14, 2006.
Acclaimed pianist Jorge Federico Osorio talks with Jill Pasternak about his interesting career. Born in Mexico City, he has performed with leading orchestras around the world. Although primarily a classical pianist, Osorio's recordings also include Piano Espagnol and Mexican Piano Music by Manuel M. Ponce. Originally aired on August 13, 2005.