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.

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

Jason McKinney

  Jason McKinney is a pianist, oboist, harpist and composer. He is also the founder of the local chamber ensemble Manitou Winds.

 

McKinney recently visited IPR’s Studio A to play some music and talk about the upcoming Manitou Winds concert. He played two excerpts from his own arrangement of O'Carolan's Symphony (George Brabazon and Planxty Burke) and an arrangement of the lullaby "Seoithín Seo Hó."

 

Listen to the entire performance and interview below.

 

Interlochen Center for the Arts

On this edition of The Interlochen Collection, it’s variations based on original melodies, variations based on medieval music and variations a composer wrote in tribute to a friend. Listen to the entire episode below.

Join Classical IPR this Friday at 8 p.m. for a program of chamber music performed by faculty members at Interlochen Arts Camp. The program and personnel are listed below.

Paul Schoenfield, Cafe Music. Performed by Dennis Kim, violin; Jonah Kim, cello; Robert Koenig, piano

Cyril Rootham, Septet (United States premiere). Performed by Christopher Chaffee, flute; Linda Strommen, oboe; Anton Rist, clarinet; Henry Skolnick, bassoon; Josh Michal, horn; David Holland, viola; Joan Holland, harp

Saturday at 1 p.m., join Classical IPR for a recent production of Charles Gounod's "Faust" from Lyric Opera of Chicago.

The production stars Benjamin Bernheim in the title role with Ailyn Perez as Marguerite, Christian Van Horn as Mephistopheles and Edward Parks as Valentin. Emmanuel Villaume conducts.

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

Wikimedia Commons

Thanks to listeners in Arcadia, Clarkston, Lake Leelanau, Hersey and many other places for your requests this week.

1. Dudley Buck, Festival Overture on an American National Air; Kenneth Klein/London Symphony Orchestra

2. Gordon Jacob, William Byrd Suite; Frederick Fennell/Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra

3. Johann David Heinichen, Concerto in F major; Reinhard Göbel/Musica Antiqua Köln

4. Ludwig van Beethoven, Symphony no. 6 (Scene by the Brook); Christoph von Dohnanyi/Cleveland Orchestra

Margaret Batjer is the concertmaster of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. She is also a 2018 Valade teaching fellow at Interlochen Arts Camp.

Batjer visited Studio A at Interlochen Public Radio to play music by Tchaikovsky, Beethoven and Schumann. She was joined by collaborative pianist Robert Koenig. Hear the music and conversation below.

 

Margaret Batjer’s residency at Interlochen is supported by the Valade Fellows Teaching Endowment.

 The Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra recently presented its Bach Family Festival Concert. The concert featured music of Johann Sebastian Bach, Carl Philip Emanuel Bach and Johann Christian Bach, as well as Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf.

Join Classical IPR this Friday at 8 p.m. for a special presentation of this recent concert. The entire concert program is below (click for a larger image).

Dwight Parry is the principal oboist of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. He  is also a 2018 Valade teaching fellow at Interlochen Arts Camp.

Parry visited Studio A at Interlochen Public Radio to play the oboe sonata by Camille Saint-Saens. He was joined by collaborative pianist Robert Koenig.

Parry talked about his interesting journey to becoming a full-time oboist. He also explained what he sees as being the main differences between a live performance and a recording session. Hear the entire performance and conversation below.

On this edition of The Interlochen Collection, it’s music from the very first year at Interlochen Arts Academy. Listen to the entire episode below.

  Matthew Cochran is a guitarist, composer and educator. He is Instructor of Guitar at both Interlochen Arts Academy and Interlochen Arts Camp as well as Singer-Songwriter Instructor at Interlochen Arts Camp. Cochran is featured in multiple performances during this year’s Baroque on Beaver festival..

 

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