Amanda Sewell

Music Director

Amanda Sewell is a musicologist who holds a Ph.D. in musicology from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Her research about music has appeared in textbooks, academic journals, and music encyclopedias.  Her first book, a biography of the American composer Wendy Carlos, is forthcoming from Oxford University Press. Amanda frequently contributes program notes for performances of classical music, including performances at Interlochen Center for the Arts.

Metropolitan Opera

Classical IPR wants to hear from you! What is your favorite opera and why?

As the new season of the Metropolitan Opera radio broadcasts approaches, we want to share excerpts of our listeners' favorite operas on the air. 

Thomas Brill

Conductor Cristian Măcelaru has recently been named the inaugural Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of Interlochen's World Youth Symphony Orchestra (WYSO).

Every Monday at 6 p.m., Classical IPR presents Great Lakes Concerts. The program is a co-production of WKAR, WRCJ and Interlochen Public Radio.

Enjoy recent great performances from the Great Lakes region.

On Thursday, November 14, the nationally syndicated classical music program Performance Today will feature music performed and recorded at Interlochen Center for the Arts.

Tune in to Classical IPR during the 10 a.m. hour to hear pianist Sarah Cahill perform Ingram Marshall's "Authentic Presence." This recital took place in the Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall at Interlochen. 

Michael Culler engineered the audio recording.

The physicians, nurses, researchers and other members of the Detroit Medical Orchestra are featured this week on Classical IPR in Concert. The ensemble's mission is "Bringing Healing through Music."

The program for this broadcast includes music of Mozart, Elgar and Vivaldi. Dr. Michael Cher, Chief of Urology at the Karmanos Cancer Center, is the featured soloist in Mozart's Clarinet Concerto. 

On Tuesday, November 12, the nationally syndicated program Performance Today will feature music performed and recorded at Interlochen  Center for the Arts.

Join Classical IPR during the 11 a.m. hour to hear the quartet Russian Renaissance perform Richard Galliano's Tango pour Claude. This performance took place in the Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall at Interlochen.

Michael Culler engineered the recording.

Great Lakes Concerts is a co-production of WKAR, WRCJ and Interlochen Public Radio. Listen every Monday at 6 p.m. on Classical IPR for great performances from the Great Lakes region.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Overture to "The Marriage of Figaro," K. 492
Lansing Symphony Orch
Timothy Muffitt, conductor
Recorded 2/10/2018 at Wharton Center, East Lansing, MI

On Monday, November 11, the nationally syndicated classical music program Performance Today will feature music performed and recorded at Interlochen Center for the Arts.

Tune in to Classical IPR during the 11 a.m. hour to hear tenor Lawrence Brownlee and pianist Myra Huang perform selections from Robert Schumann's Dichterliebe. This recital took place in the Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall.

Michael Culler engineered the recording.

On Thursday, November 7, the nationally syndicated program Performance Today will feature music performed and recorded at Interlochen.

Tune in to Classical IPR during the 11 a.m. hour to hear pianist Jonathan Biss perform two movements from Franz Schubert's Sonata no. 20 in A minor (D 959). This performance took place in the Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall.

Michael Culler engineered the recording.

Great Lakes Concerts features recent professional classical music performances from the Great Lakes Region. The program is a co-production of WKAR, WRCJ and Interlochen Public Radio.

Interlochen Center for the Arts recently welcomed violinist Stefan Jackiw and pianist Conrad Tao to the Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall. They performed music of Stravinsky, Lutoslawski, Saariaho and Brahms.

On Friday, November 1 the nationally syndicated program Performance Today will feature music performed and recorded at Interlochen Center for the Arts.

Tune in at about 10:06 a.m. Friday to hear the JACK Quartet and cellist Joshua Roman perform three madrigals by Carlo Gesualdo. This performance took place in the Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall. 

Michael Culler engineered the recording. 

This Monday at 6 p.m., join Classical IPR for Great Lakes Concerts, a weekly program featuring performances from all over the state.

 Great Lakes Concerts is produced by WKAR Public Media at Michigan State in partnership with WRCJ Detroit and Interlochen Public Radio.

On Friday, October 25, IPR's music director Amanda Sewell will be meeting listeners at the NMC Concert Band concert at Milliken Auditorium in Traverse City's Dennos Museum Center. 

The concert is called "Musicals that Changed Our Lives." The conductor is Pat Brumbaugh. 

Click here for tickets and more information.

Amanda Sewell

Violinist Ara Sarkissian, violist Renee Skerik and cellist Patrick Owen are members of the Interlochen Arts Academy string faculty. 

They'll give a recital tonight, and they stopped by IPR's Studio A to give listeners a preview of some music that will appear on that recital. 

Amanda Sewell

A student string quartet from Interlochen Arts Academy recently brought some sun to IPR's Studio A.

The students performed the first movement of Franz Joseph Haydn's quartet op. 76, no. 4, nicknamed "Sunrise." Each member also told us what they like best about this particular piece.

Listen to the entire performance and conversation below.


The Atlantic Harp Duo was formed in Paris, but the duo's harpists Marta Power and Elizabeth Jaxon each have deep roots in the Great Lakes region.

They're here in Northern Michigan on tour for their new album, Ariadne Rediviva. Power and Jaxon stopped by IPR's Studio B to talk about their new album and share some music.

Listen to the entire conversation, including excerpts of the new album, below.

Nancy Stagnitta

Every June, Interlochen Center for the Arts hosts week-long Institutes. These are intensive studies for high school students focusing on music, theater, dance or visual arts.

This week on Classical IPR in Concert, we feature the faculty members of Interlochen's Flute Institute in a recital they gave during 2019.

On Wednesday, October 16, the nationally syndicated classical music program Performance Today will feature music performed at Interlochen Center for the Arts.

Listen at about 11.15 a.m. for a performance by pianist Sarah Cahill of excerpts from Meredith Monk's Steppe Music. This recital took place in the Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall at Interlochen.

The recordings were engineered by Stefan Wiebe and Michael Culler.

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This Monday at 6 p.m., join Classical IPR for Great Lakes Concerts, a weekly program featuring performances from all over the state.

 Great Lakes Concerts is produced by WKAR Public Media at Michigan State in partnership with WRCJ Detroit and Interlochen Public Radio.

This week's playlist

Hyacinthe Jadin: Quartet in E-flat, Op. 2, No. 1
Diderot Quartet
(Recorded January 18, 2018, St. Andrew’s Episcopal, Ann Arbor/Academy of Early Music Series)

"I don't know how many other flute concertos there are with a cowbell," says flutist Nancy Stagnitta in reference to "Giants of the Night," a piece by David Amram.

Stagnitta will perform "Giants of the Night" this weekend with the Traverse Symphony Orchestra. The piece is a tribute to three major figures of the Beat Generation: Charlie Parker, Jack Kerouac and Dizzy Gillespie.

On Thursday, October 10, the nationally syndicated classical music program Performance Today will feature music performed and recorded at Interlochen.

Join Classical IPR at about 11:06 a.m. Thursday to hear guitarist Marcin Dylla perform the Sonata no. 3 by Carlos Gustavino.  This performance took place in the Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall.

Michael Culler engineered the recording.

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This Monday at 6 p.m., join Classical IPR for Great Lakes Concerts, a weekly program featuring performances from all over the state.

Great Lakes Concerts is produced by WKAR Public Media at Michigan State in partnership with WRCJ Detroit and Interlochen Public Radio. 
This week's playlist 

Christoph Willibald von Gluck: "Melodie" from "Orfeo ed Euridice"                 
Ilya Kaler, violin
Genadi Zagor, piano
recorded Nov. 16, 2017- Urban beat, Old Town  

On Friday, October 4, the nationally syndicated classical music program Performance Today will feature music performed and recorded at Interlochen.

Join Classical IPR at about 11:06 a.m. Friday to hear music of Sergei Rachmaninoff performed by violinist Martin Chalifour and guitarist Mak Grgic during a recent recital in the Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall.

The recordings were engineered by Duncan LeMay with Michael Culler.

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This Monday at 6 p.m., join Classical IPR for Great Lakes Concerts, a weekly program featuring performances from all over the state.

Great Lakes Concerts is produced by WKAR Public Media at Michigan State in partnership with WRCJ Detroit and Interlochen Public Radio.
This week's playlist  

Tommaso Vitali: Chaconne in g minor for Violin & Continuo
Ilya Kaler, violin
Genadi Zagor, piano
(Recorded Nov. 16, 2017- Urban beat, Old Town/Absolute Music Chamber Series)

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