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.

The ASCAP Foundation has announced the 2018 recipients of the Morton Gould Young Composer Awards. This award is given to composers of concert music who are under the age of 30. 

Tony Banks is best known to many people as the keyboardist and one of founding members of the English rock band Genesis. He is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and he is widely considered one of the greatest rock keyboardist of all time. But Banks's musicianship isn't confined to rock: he has released several solo albums of both rock and classical music. 

Violist David Aaron Carpenter has just released a two-disc set of music for viola and orchestra. The pieces include two 20th-century viola concertos, an arrangement of Antonin Dvorak's cello concerto for viola and orchestra and three world premieres by the Kiev-born and New York-based composer Alexey Shor.

Brad Warnaar

Brad Warnaar is a hornist, composer, arranger and alumnus of Interlochen Arts Academy. He stopped by Interlochen Public Radio during the drive for listener support. Hear the complete conversation and excerpts of the music below.

Pianist Martha Argerich and conductor Seiji Ozawa both have long, distinguished careers and have each won multiple Grammy Awards. But Ozawa, 82, and Argerich, 76, have never recorded an album together until now.

They have just released a new recording of Beethoven's Piano Concerto no. 1 on the Decca label. The Mito Chamber Orchestra performs under Ozawa's baton and with Argerich at the piano. The album also includes a performance of Beethoven's Symphony no. 1. 

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Thanks to listeners in Carp Lake, Torch Lake, Lake Leelanau, Bear Lake, Mullet Lake and many other places for your requests this week.

1. Kow Otani, music from the original motion picture soundtrack of Blade of the Immortal

2. Domenico Gabrieli, Cello sonata in G minor; Richte van der Meer, Roel Dieltiens, Konrad Junghänel

3. Maurice Ravel, Bolero; Eiji Oue/Minnesota Orchestra

4. Charles Tournemire, Symphony no. 1 (first movement); Antonio de Almeida/Moscow Symphony Orchestra

5. Frederic Chopin, Heroic Polonaise in A-flat major; Vladimir Horowitz

Pianist Maurizio Pollini has just released a new album featuring Book II of Claude Debussy's Preludes. The album is a long-awaited follow-up to Pollini's 1998 recording of Debussy's Book I of preludes.

Johannes Brahms published three violin sonatas during his lifetime. Violinist Tasmin Little and pianist Piers Lane present complete performances of all three sonatas on a new album from Chandos.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art

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

1. Camille Saint-Saens, Africa fantasie; Geoffrey Simon/London Philharmonic Orchestra/Gwendolyn Mok

2. Johann Sebastian Bach, Christ ist erstanden (chorale prelude); Simon Preston

3. Franz Reisenstein, Concerto popolare (A Piano Concerto to End All Piano Concertos); Norman del Mar/Hoffnung Symphony Orchestra/Yvonne Arnaud

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

The Doric String Quartet is in the process of recording all of Franz Joseph Haydn's string quartets. They recently released their third volume of quartets. This new two-disc set features all six quartets from Haydn's opus 64.

Haydn composed all six of the op. 64 quartets in 1790, at the same time that he was leaving his long-time employment as a court composer and exploring options as a freelance composer in London. The most famous of the six quartets is no. 5, called "The Lark" for its soaring, birdlike themes. 

The Calidore String Quartet is one of the most remarkable new string quartets on the classical music scene today. In 2016, they were the first winners of the M-Prize International Chamber Music Competition, which came with a $100,000 grand prize. They’ve also been recognized as a Lincoln Center Emerging Artist, and BBC Radio 3 has named them a New Generation Artist.

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Thanks to listeners in Onekama, Northport, Higgins Lake, Traverse City and many other places for your requests this week.

1. Ron Nelson, Rocky Point Holiday; Jerry Junkin/Dallas Wind Symphony

2. Franz Schubert, Rosamunde overture; Herbert Blomstedt/San Francisco Symphony Orchestra

3. Leonard Bernstein, Symphonic Dances from West Side Story; Christian Lindberg/Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

4. John Field, Irish Dance; Míċeál O’Rourke

5. Samuel A. Ward, America the Beautiful; US Army Field Band and Soldiers’ Chorus

"Cinema per archi" (or "Cinema for Strings") is a new album from the string players of the Academy of St. Cecilia. The album features music by three Academy Award-winning Italian film composers: Ennio Morricone, Nicola Piovani and Nino Rota.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Thanks to listeners in Maple City, Petoskey, Cadillac, Ludington and many other places for your requests this week.

1. Gaetano Donizetti, Act II sextet from Lucia di Lammermoor; Placido Domingo, Cheryl Studer, Juan Pons et al.

2. Pablo de Sarasate, Spanish Dances nos. 7 & 8; Rachel Barton Pine & Samuel Sanders

3. Paul Dukas, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice; Andre Previn/Los Angeles Philharmonic

4. The Beatles, A Day in the Life; Nick Davies/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

5. Greg McCallum, Hymn Quilt; performed by the composer

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Cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason isn't even 20 years old yet, and he's already been called "the hottest young classical musician on the planet" by Classic FM. Sheku (he goes by his first name) won the BBC Young Musician Award in 2016 and has just released his first album on Decca Classics, called "Inspiration."

Amazon recently released the fourth season of its original series "Mozart in the Jungle." The show, which has won multiple Golden Globe and Emmy awards, depicts the lives of classical musicians in the fictional New York Symphony. 

J. Paul Getty Museum

Thanks to listeners in Cedar, Lansing, Gaylord, Traverse City, Cheboygan and many other places for your requests this week.

1. Gioachino Rossini, Overture to William Tell; Paul Paray/Detroit Symphony Orchestra

2. Claude Debussy, The Sunken Cathedral; Hélène Grimaud

3. Giacomo Puccini, La bohème (opening portion of Act II); Mirella Freni, Nicolai Gedda et al.

4. Antonin Dvorak, Romance for violin and orchestra; Seiji Ozawa/Boston Symphony Orchestra/Itzhak Perlman

5. Herman Hupfeld, As Time Goes By; José Carreras

  

The American pianist Lara Downes is well known for her interesting portraits of composers. Her latest album “For Lenny” celebrates Leonard Bernstein in his centennial year. Like most of Downes’s other albums, “For Lenny” features a number of piano miniatures that revolve around a central theme. The theme of this album is, of course, Leonard Bernstein.

Matthew Holler

Sybarite5 is one of the most innovative chamber ensembles active today. They are champions of new music by young American composers, and their programming choices are as eclectic as they are surprising.

 

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Thank you to listeners in McMillan, Petoskey, Higgins Lake, Alden, Traverse City and many other places for your requests this week.

1. Ennio Morricone, selections from The Mission; composer conducting the Rome Sinfonietta/Yo Yo Ma

2. Leroy Anderson, Blue Tango; Ensemble Vivant

3. Franz Liszt, Liebesträume no. 3; Lang Lang

4. Paul Cantelon, selections from The Other Boleyn Girl; original motion picture soundtrack

5. Johann Sebastian Bach, Toccata and Fugue in D minor; Canadian Brass

A new two-disc album from the American violinist Hilary Hahn features recordings from every album she has made for Deutsche Grammophon over the last 15 years. This new album, "Retrospectives," also includes previously unreleased live recordings of music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Tina Davidson and Max Richter.

UPDATE: all spots are now reserved! If you'd like to be on the waiting list, email ipr@interlochen.org. 

André Rieu and his Johann Strauss Orchestra have a new album called "Amore." The music includes Rieu's interpretations and arrangements of love songs and other uplifting favorites.

"Amore" features love songs like "Love Me Tender" and "What a Wonderful World," film music, waltzes by members of the Strauss family and pieces from musicals, like "The Impossible Dream" (from Man of La Mancha) and "Think of Me" (from Phantom of the Opera).

Click here for video of Rieu introducing the new album.

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Thanks to listeners in Petoskey, Moorestown, Kaleva, Northport and many other places (and states!) for your requests today.  

1. Rodgers & Hammerstein, selections from Oklahoma! Sung by Jose Carreras

2. Karl Jenkins, Song of the Plains; composer conducting the Adiemus Symphony Orchestra and London Philharmonic Chorus

3. George Gershwin, Rhapsody in Blue; Andre Previn/Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

4. Gaetano Donzetti, “Una furtiva lagrima” from The Elixir of Love; Lawrence Brownlee

5. Claude Debussy, Footprints in the Snow; Krystian Zimmerman

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