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.

On this edition of The Interlochen Collection, it's the career of flutist Jeanne Baxtresser. She attended Interlochen Arts Academy in the 1960s and eventually became the first woman to serve as principal flute of the New York Philharmonic. Listen to the entire episode below.

On Tuesday, the musicians of Chicago's Lyric Opera Orchestra went on strike. 

In a statement on the Chicago Lyric Opera Orchestra Facebook page, the orchestra musicians said they did not accept several proposed cuts from Lyric's management.

Jeanmarie Riccobono is the principal clarinetist in the Traverse Symphony Orchestra. She also teaches clarinet at Northwestern Michigan College and the Bay View Music Festival.

She'll be the soloist this weekend in Aaron Copland's Clarinet Concerto with the Traverse Symphony Orchestra.

This Saturday at 1 p.m., Classical IPR presents a recent production of Umberto Giordano's "Andrea Chenier" from San Francisco Opera.

The production stars Yonghoon Lee in the title role, with Anna Pirozzi as Maddalena, George Gagnize as Gerard and J'Nai Bridges as Bersi. Nicola Luisotti conducts.

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

Thanks to listeners in Wolverine, Cedar Creek Township, Bear Lake, Kingsley and many other places for your requests this week.

1. Various composers, Armed Forces Medley; United States Army Field Band & Soldiers Chorus

2. Clare Grundman, Concord; United States Marine Band

3. George Frederic Handel, Arrival of the Queen of Sheba; Gert van Hoef

4. Richard Wagner, Isolde’s Liebestod (from Tristan und Isolde); Zubin Mehta/New York Philharmonic/Montserrat Caballé

Interlochen Center for the Arts

On this edition of The Interlochen Collection, it's music performed by the acclaimed oboist Lady Evelyn Rothwell Barbirolli during several of the visits she made to Interlochen. Listen to the entire episode below.

Episode playlist
Franz Joseph Haydn, Concerto in C Major for Oboe and Orchestra
Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra
Lady Evelyn Rothwell Barbirolli, oboe
Don Jaeger, conductor
November 1965

Kirsten Trudeau

The Gregorian Schola is a special division of the Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music in Rome. Its students are dedicated to the study and preservation of Gregorian chant.

Members of the Gregorian Schola recently visited Northern Michigan and presented concerts of chant from medieval manuscripts.

Friday at 8 p.m., Classical IPR presents a concert they gave at the Cross in the Woods Shrine in Indian River. 

Composer David Maslanka passed away in August 2017. The University of Utah Wind Ensemble has just released its fourth volume of Maslanka's music.

The album includes two pieces that Maslanka completed in 2016. The third piece, his Symphony no. 10 "The River of Time," was left unfinished at the time of his death.

This Saturday at 1 p.m., Classical IPR presents a recent production of Jake Heggie's "Moby-Dick" from LA Opera.

The production stars Jay Hunter Morris as Captain Ahab, Joshua Guerrero as Greenhorn, Morgan Smith as Starbuck and Musa Ngqungwana as Queequeg. James Conlon conducts.

The opera is sung in English.

Thanks to listeners in West Bloomfield, Bay View, Ludington, Traverse City and many other places for your requests this week.

1. Antonin Dvorak, Symphony no. 6 (first movement); Marin Alsop/Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

2. Johann Ernest Galliard, Sonata no. 3 for trombone; Carl Lenthe & Ashley Toms

3. Vasily Soloviev-Sedoi, Midnight in Moscow; Vitaly Gnutov/Osipov State Russian Folk Orchestra

4. John Williams, Imperial March from The Empire Strikes Back; composer conducting the Skywalker Symphony Orchestra

Interlochen Center for the Arts

On this edition of The Interlochen Collection, it's a program of world premieres given by Interlochen student ensembles. Listen to the entire episode below.

Renée Fleming was recently nominated for a Tony award for her performance in the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical "Carousel." She has a new album of Broadway songs from the 1920s to the present day.

In the album's press release, Fleming says, "This repertoire is so rich, and the sheer quality of the music is so high that it's been a joy to record these songs." The album includes music of Rodgers & Hammerstein, Meredith Willson, Adam Guettel and Stephen Sondheim, among others.

This Saturday at 1 p.m., join Classical IPR for a double bill of Puccini's "Gianni Schicci" and Leoncavallo's "Pagliacci."

"Gianni Schicchi" stars Placido Domingo in the title role with Arturo Chacon-Cruz as Runuccio and Andriana Chuchman as Lauretta. Grant Gershon conducts.

"Pagliacci" stars Marco Berti as Canio, Ana Maria Martinez as Nedda and George Gagnidze as Tonio. Placido Domingo conducts. 

Both operas are sung in Italian.

Matthew Cochran is Instructor of Guitar at Interlochen Arts Academy. He’ll be performing a recital this week at Kirkbride Hall in Traverse City.

Cochran visited Studio A to perform music of David Kellner and Anton Diabelli. He talked about how a guitarist plays music that was written for the lute and what makes a great performance space for guitar. Hear the entire conversation and performance below.

Dave Calendine is the house organist at the Fox Theatre in Detroit. He regularly performs during Detroit Red Wings hockey games.

Calendine recently gave a recital at the Music House Museum, performing Broadway favorites on the museum’s 1924 Wurlitzer theater organ. See below for more information about the instrument.

Join Classical IPR Friday for a special presentation of this recent performance. This program airs at 8 p.m.

Interlochen Center for the Arts

On this edition of The Interlochen Collection, it's dances from around the world. Listen to the entire episode below.

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.

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