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.  She is the author of Wendy Carlos: A Biography (Oxford University Press). Amanda lives in Traverse City with her husband, son and two dogs.

Interlochen Center for the Arts

This program features music from the medieval and renaissance eras, but reimagined by 20th-century composers.

Hear Notre Dame polyphony, Renaissance keyboard pieces and a variety of instrumental dance music brought to life by modern wind bands, brass ensembles and orchestras.


Every week, Interlochen campus safety officer Kevin LaRose records himself playing a different instrument during his overnight rounds.

Do you know where Kevin is this week, or what instrument he's playing? Send us an email at classicalipr@interlochen.org and we'll send you a CD if you get it right. (Or even if you don't get it right)

Last week, Kevin was playing the kalimba in the gazebo by Intermediate Girls Lakeside. Congrats to Christine on her correct identification.

This week's video is below. Good luck!

On Thursday, September 17, the nationally syndicated classical music program Performance Today will feature music performed and recorded at Interlochen.

Join Classical IPR during the 10 a.m. hour to hear music of Manuel de Falla from the Suite populaire espagnole 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.

Interlochen Center for the Arts

This week's program features music of Sergei Prokofiev.

Join us for an hour of music performed by Interlochen Arts Camp and Arts Academy students through the decades. 

The program includes archival recordings of Prokofiev's music for opera, ballet and film, plus chamber music inspired by folk sounds of Kabarda, a remote region of the Caucasus. 

Every week, Interlochen campus safety officer Kevin LaRose makes a video during his overnight rounds.

Each video features a different instrument and is recorded in a new location on the Interlochen Center for the Arts campus.

Watch Kevin's video for the week below. Then, if you know where on the campus he is or what instrument he's playing, email us at classicalipr@interlochen.org - you could win a CD!

 

Jody Knol is your host every week for recent great performances from the Great Lakes region.

Great Lakes Concerts is a co-production of WKAR, WRCJ and Interlochen Public Radio.

Listen Mondays at 6 p.m. on Classical IPR.

This week's playlist

Reynaldo Hahn: Mozart Overture
Jackson Symphony Orch
Matthew Aubin, conductor
(Recorded October 5, 2019 at Potter Center Music Hall)

 

Interlochen Center for the Arts

On this program, we revisit a radio broadcast from July 1974 that featured a complete performance of The Planets by Gustav Holst.

The performance included the World Youth Symphony Orchestra, High School Women's Chorus and student narrators Abbe Sher and Phillip Silverman.

Multi-instrumentalist Kevin LaRose is also an Interlochen Center for the Arts campus safety officer. 

Every Thursday at 3 a.m. during his rounds,  Kevin makes a video of himself playing a different instrument in a variety of locations on the Interlochen campus.

The Classical IPR staff worked together to create a singalong soiree of songs from the World War II era.

Featuring music of Glenn Miller, the Andrews Sisters, Vera Lynn and many more, the program is a musical journey back to the 1940s.

On Wednesday, September 2, the nationally syndicated program Performance Today will feature music performed and recorded at Interlochen Center for the Arts.

Listen during the 11 a.m. hour of the program on Classical IPR to hear guitarist Nicholas Goluses play two preludes by Heitor Villa-Lobos in a recent recital at the Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall.

Michael Culler engineered the recording. 

Hosted by Jody Knol, Great Lakes Concerts is your weekly ticket to great recent performances from the Great Lakes Region. The program is co-produced by Interlochen Public Radio, WKAR and WRCJ.

Listen every Monday at 6 p.m.

This week's program

Leonard Bernstein: 3 Dance Episodes from "On the Town" (1944) - "The Great Lover"; "Lonely Town: Pas de deux"; "Times Square: 1944"
Jackson Symphony Orch
Matthew Aubin, conductor

Interlochen Center for the Arts

On this program, we dive into music about water.

From the beautiful blue Danube to the Moldau to the waterfront docks of Hoboken, N.J., we'll hear decades of water music, performed by students and faculty between the lakes at Interlochen Center for the Arts.


Multi-instrumentalist Kevin LaRose is also an Interlochen Center for the Arts campus safety officer. 

Every Thursday at 3 a.m. during his rounds,  Kevin makes a video of himself playing a different instrument in a variety of locations on the Interlochen campus.

On Thursday, August 27, the nationally syndicated program Performance Today will feature music recently performed and recorded at Interlochen Center for the Arts.

Tune in to Classical IPR during the 10 a.m. hour to hear pianist Alon Goldstein perform three sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti. The performance took place in the Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall.

Michael Culler engineered the recording.

Chris Thile has won Grammy Awards, hosted his own radio program and received a MacArthur Fellowship (unofficially known as a "genius grant"). 

Since Chris has so many accomplishments under his belt already (and he's not even 40 yet), Classical IPR thought we'd ask our listeners to provide the interview questions for him.

Adriane White

Cristian Măcelaru was surprised when he learned he'd been admitted to Interlochen Arts Academy because he thought he'd filled out the application for Interlochen Arts Camp instead.

At the Academy, Măcelaru discovered conducting, an experience that would change his life completely.

Hosted by Jody Knol, Great Lakes Concerts is a co-production of WKAR, WRCJ and Interlochen Public Radio. Listen Mondays at 6 p.m. for great music from the Great Lakes region.

This week's program

Aaron Copland: 4 Dance Episodes from "Rodeo"
Jackson Sym Orch
Matthew Aubin, conductor
(Recorded November 10th, 2018 at Potter Center Music Hall)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Quartet No. 19 in C, K. 465, "Dissonant"
Diderot Quartet
(Recorded January 18, 2018 at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Ann Arbor)  

Interlochen Center for the Arts

William Shakespeare's plays have inspired operas, operettas, musicals, concert works, incidental music, songs and choral music.

This week on The Interlochen Collection, we'll hear a variety of pieces of music based on works of the Bard, all performed by Interlochen students over the decades.


When cellist Jonah Kim was just 15 years old, Washington Post music critic Joseph McLellan called him "the next Yo-Yo Ma." 

Kim is in his early 30s now, and he's carving out a path all his own. His new album, recorded with pianist Sean Kennard, features sonatas by Samuel Barber and Sergei Rachmaninoff.

The Reader's Digest Family Songbook was first published in 1969.

It contains more than 120 songs from Tin Pan Alley, Broadway and film, plus folk songs, hymns and popular tunes.

This week on Classical IPR in Concert, our singalong soiree will feature several selections from the Reader's Digest Family Songbook. 

Multi-instrumentalist Kevin LaRose is also an Interlochen Center for the Arts campus safety officer. 

 Every Thursday at 3 a.m. during his rounds,  Kevin makes a video of himself playing a different instrument in a variety of locations on the Interlochen campus.

Scroll down to see Kevin's video for the week.

Can you correctly identify (1) what instrument he's playing, and/or (2) where on the Interlochen campus he is?

After he recovered from COVID-19 this spring, Brian Stokes Mitchell sang "The Impossible Dream" out the window of his New York home every night at 7 o'clock.

But it wasn't a performance, he says. Instead, it was "a song of gratitude for the essential workers." That's why he didn't sing any other songs. To him, "The Impossible Dream" most accurately captured the experiences of the doctors, nurses and other first responders who were hard at work during the pandemic.

Interlochen Center for the Arts

In 1977, Interlochen Center for the Arts celebrated its 50th camp season.

A World Youth Symphony Orchestra concert on August 7 featured guest conductor Howard Hanson.

Hanson had conducted student orchestras at Interlochen since the camp's first summer in 1928. 

On Monday, August 10, the nationally syndicated program Performance Today will feature music performed and recorded at Interlochen Center for the Arts.

Tune in during the 11 a.m. hour of the program to hear pianist Wu Han and violinist Alexander Sitkovetsky perform Souvenir d'un lieu cher by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky. The performance was from a recent recital they and colleagues from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center presented in the Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall.

Michael Culler engineered the recording.

Multi-instrumentalist Kevin LaRose is also an Interlochen Center for the Arts campus safety officer. 

 Every Thursday at 3 a.m. during his rounds,  Kevin makes a video of himself playing a different instrument in a variety of locations on the Interlochen campus.

Scroll down to see Kevin's video for the week.

Can you correctly identify (1) what instrument he's playing, and/or (2) where on the Interlochen campus he is?

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