Amanda Sewell

Classical Music Host

Amanda Sewell is a musicologist who holds a Ph.D. in musicology from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. As a musicologist, Amanda researches the history, context, and style of music of many different periods and regions. Her research about music has appeared in textbooks, journals, and music encyclopedias, and she is a frequent presenter at academic music conferences all over the country. Amanda frequently contributes program notes for performances of classical music, including performances at Interlochen Center for the Arts.

When not in the studio at Interlochen Public Radio, Amanda works as an academic editor and consultant. Amanda lives in Traverse City with her spouse and two dogs.

Join Classical IPR Friday at 8 p.m. for recent performances of chamber music given by Interlochen Arts Camp faculty members. Friday evening's program is listed below.

LA Opera: 'Norma'

Sep 17, 2018

This Saturday at 1 p.m., Classical IPR presents a recent production of Vincenzo Bellini's "Norma" from LA Opera.

The production stars Angela Meade in the title role, with Jamie Barton as Adalgisa and Russell Thomas as Pollione. James Conlon conducts.

The opera is sung in Italian. For an English translation of the libretto, click here.

Thanks to listeners in Interlochen, Ludington, Lake City, Newaygo and many other places for your requests this week.

1. Aaron Copland, Appalachian Spring (final section); Leonard Slatkin/St. Louis Symphony Orchestra

2. Percy Grainger, Handel in the Strand; Richard Hickox/City of London Sinfonia & Joyful Company of Singers

3. Karel Husa, Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Concert Band; Justin Mertz/Syracuse University Wind Ensemble/Ronald Caravan

4. Niccolo Paganini, Sonata no. 4 for guitar and violin; Gil Shaham & Göran Söllscher

Angela Scates

Angela Scates is an oboist and a senior at Interlochen Arts Academy. She grew up in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. She has studied with Daniel Stolper and Dane Philipsen at Interlochen. 

Scates visited IPR's Studio A to play the first etude of Gilles Silvestrini. This piece is named "L'Hôtel des roches noires. Trouville" after a painting by Claude Monet.

Interlochen Center for the Arts

On this edition of The Interlochen Collection, we’ll hear organ music from various Interlochen dedications. Listen to the entire episode below.

The Tesla Quartet has just celebrated its tenth anniversary as an ensemble. It has released its debut album on Orchid Classics. The title indicates the composers whose music is included: "Haydn, Ravel, Stravinsky."

LA Opera: 'Nabucco'

Sep 10, 2018

This Saturday at 1 p.m., Classical IPR presents a recent production of Giuseppe Verdi's "Nabucco" from LA Opera.

The production stars Placido Domingo in the title role, with Liudmyla Monastyrska as Abigaille, Morris Robinson as Zaccaria and Mario Chang as Ismaele. James Conlon conducts.

The opera is sung in Italian. For an English translation of the libretto, click here.

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Thanks to listeners from Arcadia, Mackinac Island, Cadillac, Prudenville and many other places for your requests this week.

1. Martin Luther, A Mighty Fortress is Our God; Leontyne Price

2. Stephen Stucky, Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary; Michael Haithcock/Baylor University Wind Ensemble

3. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Overture to The Marriage of Figaro; Jane Glover/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

4. Giuseppe Verdi, La donna e mobile (from Rigoletto); Roberto Alagna

5. Hans Zimmer, Honor (main title from The Pacific); original motion picture soundtrack

Gwyneth Walker is the composer in residence for the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra. On their season opening concert this weekend, the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra will be giving the world premiere of Walker’s Great Lakes Overture.

On this edition of The Interlochen Collection, we’ll look at American dances, folk songs, hymns, and music for an American president. Listen to the episode below.

Episode playlist
Robert Russell Bennett, Suite of Old American Dances
World Youth Symphony Band
Frederick Fennell, conductor
Summer 2004

William Billings, Hopkington, When Jesus Wept and I Am the Rose of Sharon
Interlochen Arts Academy Chorale
Gregg Smith, conductor
May 1977

This Friday at 8 p.m., Classical IPR in Concert presents a recent recital given by pianist Sarah Cahill at Interlochen Center for the Arts. Each piece on the program was composed specifically for Cahill.

LA Opera: 'Carmen'

Sep 3, 2018

This Saturday at 1 p.m., join Classical IPR for a recent production of Georges Bizet's "Carmen" from LA Opera.

The production stars Ana Maria Martinez in the title role, with Brandon Jovanovich as Don Jose, Amanda Woodbury as Micaela and Alexander Vinogradov as Escamillo. James Conlon conducts.

The opera is sung in French. For a side-by-side French and English libretto, click here

Renee Fleming

Thanks to listeners in Leroy, Glen Arbor, Brutus, Rudyard and many other places for your requests this week. 

1. Rodgers & Hammerstein, selections from Oklahoma! Jerold Ottley/Columbia Symphony Orchestra/Mormon Tabernacle Choir

2. Giuseppe Verdi, Va, pensiero from Nabucco; Sir Georg Solti/Chicago Symphony Orchestra & Chorus

3. Lebo M., One by One; The Lion King original Broadway cast recording

4. Martin Luther, A Mighty Fortress is Our God; James Litton/American Boy Choir

Interlochen Center for the Arts

On this edition of The Interlochen Collection, it's music by Felix Mendelssohn. Listen to the entire episode below.

Episode playlist

Felix Mendelssohn, Hebrides Overture
World Youth Symphony Orchestra
Gunther Schuller, conductor
July 1985

"Syzygy" (pronounced "si-zeh-jee") is a noun that means "coming together for a common good." It is also the title of flutist Alexa Still's latest album.

All of the music on the album is by the Venezuelan composer Efraín Amaya. Still says, “The very first time I encountered the music of Efraín Amaya, I fell in love with the soaring melodies, the raw energy, the emotion, and the stories."

This Saturday at 1 p.m., Classical IPR presents a recent production of Jimmy Lopez's "Bel Canto" from Lyric Opera of Chicago.

The production stars Danielle de Niese as Roxane, J'nai Bridges as Carmen and Jeongcheol Cha as Hosokawa. Sir Andrew Davis conducts.

The production is in English, Spanish, Japanese, Russian, German, French, Latin and Quechua. Click here for more information. 

In 2017, the Interlochen Arts Academy Jazz Ensemble celebrated The First Lady of Song in a concert called “A Centennial Birthday Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald.” The Jazz Ensemble was joined for this concert by two special guests, Gary Motley and Carmen Bradford.

Join Classical IPR this Friday night at 8 p.m. for a presentation of this recent concert.

 

Thanks to listeners in Pierport, Cadillac, Alden, Ludington and many other places for your requests this week.

1. Ennio Morricone, Gabriel’s Oboe from The Mission; Strings of St Cecilia & Paolo Pollastri

2. Leonard Bernstein, Symphonic Dances from West Side Story; composer conducting the New York Philharmonic

3. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Agnus Dei from Coronation Mass; Trevor Pinnock/English Concert

4. Claude Debussy, La fille aux cheveux de lin (The girl with the  flaxen hair); Alexis Weissenberg

On this edition of The Interlochen Collection, we look at the career of clarinetist David Shifrin. Listen to the entire episode below.

Episode playlist

Claude Debussy, Premiere Rhapsodie
Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra
David Shifrin, clarinet
Thor Johnson, conductor
Spring 1967

Carl Nielsen, Clarinet Concerto
University Orchestra
David Shifrin, clarinet
Nicholas Harsanyi, conductor
August 1967

The Pentatone label has just released an album of new choral works by Gordon Getty. James Gaffigan conducts the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and Netherlands Radio Choir.

"Beauty Come Dancing" features Getty's settings of poems by Lord Byron, John Keats, Sara Teasdale and many others. Getty also set three of his original poems. A new arrangement of the traditional "Shenandoah" rounds out the album.

When he joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 1970, Bob Watt was the first African American hornist to play with a major American orchestra. He retired from this post in 2008 and has just released his first solo album, "I Play French Horn."

This Friday at 8 p.m., join Classical IPR for a recent performance given by the Brentano String Quartet at Interlochen Center for the Arts. 

The quartet performed Ludwig van Beethoven's String Quartet in C minor (op. 18, no. 4) and the String Quartet no. 12 in D-flat major by Dmitri Shostakovich. 

Friday's program also includes music from studio albums the Brentano Quartet has released.  Franz Joseph Haydn's String Quartet in B-flat major (op. 71, no. 1) and Beethoven's String Quartet no. 15 round out the broadcast.

This Saturday at 1 p.m., Classical IPR presents a recent production of Richard Wagner's "Das Rheingold" from Lyric Opera of Chicago. 

The production stars Eric Owens as Wotan, Samuel Youn as Alberich, Stefan Margita as Loge and Tanja Ariane Baumgartner as Fricka. Sir Andrew Davis conducts.

The opera is sung in German. For a side-by-side German and English libretto, click here.

Thanks to listeners in Lake City, Prudenville, Crystal Lake, Levering and many other places for your requests this week.

1. Aaron Copland, Lincoln Portrait; Lewis Buckley/United States Coast Guard Band/Walter Cronkite

2. Arne Running, Sinfonia Festiva; Kazufumi Yamashita/ Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra

3. Heitor Villa-Lobos, Bachianas Brasilieras no. 5; Sir Jeffrey Tate/English Chamber Orchestra/Kiri Te Kanawa

4. Antonin Dvorak, Symphonic Variations; Marin Alsop/Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

5. Niccolo Paganini, Caprice no. 24; David Garrett

At Classical IPR, we're frequently asked for classical versions of songs by the Beatles. Below is a (not at all exhaustive) list of some albums with links for more information.

John Rutter, Beatles Concerto 

Symphonic Sergeant Pepper

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