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.

Interlochen Center for the Arts

This week on the Interlochen Collection, it’s a “titan” of an episode. We devote the entire hour to a performance of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony no. 1, the Titan, from 1987.

Great Lakes Concerts is a co-production of Classical IPR, WKAR and WRCJ. Listen every Monday at 6 p.m. on Classical IPR.

This week's program

Aaron Copland: Concerto for Clarinet & Strings, with Harp & Piano (1948)
Jeanmarie Riccobono, clarinet
Traverse Symphony Orchestra
Kevin Rhodes, conductor
(Recorded Oct. 14, 2018, Corson Auditorium, Interlochen)

Interlochen Center for the Arts

On this edition of The Interlochen Collection, it’s a trip to the ballet. We’ll hear Russian, French and American ballet excerpts and suites. Listen to the entire episode below.

Yolanda Kondonassis is one of the leading harpists in the world today. Ward Stare is the music director of the Rochester (NY) Philharmonic Orchestra.

Kondonassis and Stare recently collaborated on the world premiere performance and recording of a new harp concerto by Pulitzer Prize- and Grammy Award-winning composer Jennifer Higdon

On Wednesday, June 5, the nationally syndicated classical music program Performance Today will feature music performed and recorded at Interlochen.

Interlochen Public Radio presents Great Lakes Concerts in partnership with WKAR and WRCJ. Listen every Monday at 6 p.m. on Classical IPR for great performances from the Great Lakes region.

This week's program

Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 4 in G
Kisma Jordan, soprano
Jackson Sym Orch
Matthew Aubin, conductor
(recorded Sept. 29, 2018, Potter Center Music Hall)

Thomas Tallis: Canon, "God Grant with Grace"
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(Recorded November 3, 2018 at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Ann Arbor as part of the Academy of Early Music concert series) 

On this edition of The Interlochen Collection, we take a look at the career of hornist, composer and orchestrator Brad Warnaar. His playing and orchestrations have appeared in hundreds of films.

We'll hear his performance from 1967 when he won the Interlochen Arts Academy student concerto competition. We'll also hear his daughter Clara's performance from when she won the Interlochen Arts Academy student concerto competition in 2008.

Classical IPR and Horizon Books are co-hosting another classical music open mic event! Join us Sunday, June 23 at 2 p.m. on the River Level (downstairs) of the Traverse City Horizon Books location.

Classical IPR’s Amanda Sewell will emcee the event, and other IPR staff will be on hand, too. It’s a great opportunity to hear some classical music performed by your friends and neighbors in a relaxed atmosphere.

Art by Glenn Wolff

David Holland and Crispin Campbell wanted to bring all six of Johann Sebastian Bach's Brandenburg Concertos to northern Michigan for a long time. They recently accomplished this goal with the region's first-ever Brandenburg Festival.

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 recent great performances from the Great Lakes region.

John Munday: Chorus, "Lightly She Whipped O'er the Dales"
Thomas Hunt: Chorus, "Hark! Did Ye Ever Hear Such Sweet Singing?"

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(Recorded November 3, 2018 at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Ann Arbor as part of the Academy of Early Music concert series)

Interlochen Center for the Arts

On this edition of The Interlochen Collection, it's music by Gustav Holst. Interlochen students perform some of Holst's most-loved works for band and orchestra. Listen to the entire episode below.

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 great performances from the Great Lakes region.

Joaquín Rodrigo: "Concierto de Aranjuez" for Guitar & Orchestra
Matthew Cochran, guitar
Baroque on Beaver Festival Orchestra
Robert Nordling, conductor
(recorded Aug. 3, 2018 at Beaver Island Community School)

Photo by Michael Burke

On this edition of The Interlochen Collection, it's the career of violinist Margaret Batjer from her time as a camper and Academy student to her current work as a performer and educator. Listen to the entire episode below.

Episode playlist
Henryk Wieniawski, Violin concerto no. 2 in D minor, first and second movements
Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra
Margaret Batjer, violin
Byron Hanson, conductor
May 1975

Amanda Sewell

During the 2018-19 academic year, Classical IPR welcomed more than 50 student performers in Studio A. This week on Classical IPR in Concert, we feature many of those student performances. Listen Friday at 8 p.m. or stream any time below.
 

For a complete list of archived Studio A performances and interviews, click here
 

Program
Enle Wu, piano
Junior, student of TJ Lymenstull
Mozart, Piano Sonata in F major K. 332

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

At the end of every academic year, Interlochen Arts Academy celebrates during Festival. This multi-day event includes performances and exhibits by Academy students. This year's Festival is particularly special because it will include the dedication of the new Music Center.

Classical IPR will be live at the Interlochen Arts Academy Festival on Thursday, May 23.  The broadcasts will take place in a tent on the mall as well as from locations on campus including the Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall and the new Music Center.

On Tuesday, May 7, the nationally syndicated classical music program Performance Today will feature music performed at Interlochen Center for the Arts.

Listen at about 10:20 a.m. for a performance by pianist Sarah Cahill. She performed "Authentic Presence" by Ingram Marshall in the Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall at Interlochen

The recordings were engineered by Stefan Wiebe and Michael Culler.

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.

Listen every Monday at 6 p.m. on Classical IPR.

This week's program

James Niblock: Three American Dances
Lansing Symphony Orch
Timothy Muffitt, conductor
(recorded March 24, 2018 at Wharton Center Great Hall)

On Monday, May 6, the nationally syndicated classical music program Performance Today will include two different Interlochen performances.

At about 10:10 a.m., Performance Today will feature a 2017 performance given by the Danish String Quartet in Interlochen's Corson Auditorium. Michael Culler engineered the recording.

Addy Sterrett is a soprano based in New York. She grew up in northern Michigan and graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy. She has returned to perform in the region this week.

Sterrett visited IPR’s Studio A to perform "Rosenblumen" by Richard Strauss with pianist Steve Larson. She talked about her eclectic interests in early music and in new music.

Interlochen Center for the Arts

On this edition of The Interlochen Collection, we revisit the National High School Symphony Orchestra’s trip to the White House in 1962, where they performed for President John F. Kennedy. Listen to the entire episode below.

The Detroit Medical Orchestra's mission is "Bringing Healing Through Music." Their members are all different types of medical professionals, including doctors, nurses, researchers and medical students. See below for a list of all personnel and their specialties. 

Join Classical IPR Friday at 8 p.m. for Viva España, a recent concert given by the Detroit Medical Orchestra. You can also listen any time below.

Concert program

Emmanuel Chabrier, España

Tony Manfredonia is a composer who writes for many different instruments, styles and genres. On May 1, the Northern Symphonic Winds will give the world premiere of “On the Threshold of Spring,” a piece they commissioned from Manfredonia.

Manfredonia stopped by Classical IPR to talk about the upcoming world premiere of "On the Threshold of Spring." He explained what the process is like when writing music for a commission.

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 

Jean Sibelius: Concerto in d minor for Violin & Orchestra, Op. 47 (1903)
Yevgeny Kutik, violin
Traverse Symphony Orchestra
Kevin Rhodes, conductor
(Recorded Sept. 17, 2017, Corson Auditorium, Interlochen)

National Gallery of Art

Music by Request is glad to welcome Gretchen Carr as the new host! She'll be appearing more in the coming weeks on the program.

1.  Camille Saint Saens,  Organ Symphony Finale No. 3 Eugene Ormandy, Philadelphia Orchestra, Michael Murray

2. Alexander Glazunov, The Seasons:  Spring and Summer Movements, Edo de Waart, Minnesota Orchestra

3. Stephen Foster,  Merry Merry Month of May,   Nelson Eddy

4. Karl Jenkins,  Benedictus,  2 Cellos

5. Bob Margolis, Terpsichore, Cincinnati Wind Symphony

6. James Scott, Frog Legs Rag, Ragtime Jazz Band

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