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.

The Sphinx Competition is an annual concerto competition for young American string players of color. The winners of the Sphinx Competition often go on to remarkable careers.

Recently, three Sphinx Laureates gave a recital at the Great Lakes Center for the Arts in Bay Harbor. Violinist Elena Urioste, cellist Gabriel Cabezas and double bassist Xavier Foley performed with pianist  Tom Poster.

Interlochen Center for the Arts

 

 

For the first time since 1964, Interlochen Center for the Arts will not be hosting its annual summer Arts Festival.

Jazz, new music, early music, standard orchestral repertoire: you name it, and cellist Christine Kyprianides has played it expertly.

She started as an Interlochen camper and Arts Academy student. Her mother, Lou Kyprie, was a camp nurse and director of counseling.

Early in her career, Christine studied new music with Earle Brown. She also performed at Tanglewood, where she won the Gregor Piatigorsky Prize.

Gunther Schuller then recruited her to attend the New England Conservatory, where she changed her focus to early music.

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. 

Check out Kevin's newest video each week here on the IPR website.

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

Gary Langley

Classical IPR's 88.7 FM tower has been repaired. As of 5:29 p.m. on Tuesday, May 5, WIAA has been restored to full operating power.

Repairs have been repeatedly delayed due to limited availability of specialized crews who can repair these kinds of towers, inclement weather and travel bans due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

A tower crew arrived onsite in Harrietta on Monday, May 4.

They lowered the five bottom bays so that they could access the middle T-section of the tower. 

Carol Jantsch's cat Beauregard never wants to be left out of anything, unless Carol is playing the tuba.

Carol, the principal tuba player of the Philadelphia Orchestra, joined Classical IPR via Zoom from her home.

While Beauregard attacked a plant in the background, Carol told Classical IPR about several projects she has in the works. 

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

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

This week's program

Caroline Shaw: Entr'acte
Jackson Symphony Orch
Matthew Aubin, conductor
(Recorded March 24, 2019 Weatherwax Hall, Jackson, MI)

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 2 in D, Op. 36
Lansing Symphony Orch
Timothy Muffitt, conductor
(Recorded 1/6/2018 at Wharton Center, East Lansing, MI)

Sophie Haas hasn't been able to hug her father Jeff since the middle of March.

The two are keeping a safe distance from each other during the pandemic, maintaining contact with calls, texts and a weekly "window meeting."

They joined Classical IPR via Zoom to talk about what it's like being apart from each other right now. 

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. 

Check out Kevin's newest video each week here on the IPR website.

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

In the midst of a pandemic, a brand new music ensemble has been created in Northern Michigan.

Jeffrey Cobb, Director of Music Programs at Northwestern Michigan College, quickly assembled the NMC Virtual Choir. He spoke with Classical IPR about the project.

Cobb arranged "Amazing Grace" and "How Can I Keep from Singing" for a virtual SATB choir and instrumental musicians. 

Many professional musicians wear black tie to their performances, but Casey Paulozzi sports a black tricorn hat, a waistcoat and a white powdered wig. 

Paulozzi is a member of the United States Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps

He's performed for Presidential inaugurations, heads of state and even the Pope. 

Every Monday at 6 p.m., enjoy great classical music from the Great Lakes region on Classical IPR.

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

This week's program

Felix Mendelssohn: "Hebrides" Overture, Op. 26 (or, "Fingal's Cave")
Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra
Fouad Fakhouri, conductor
(recorded March 24, 2018 at the Temple Theatre, Saginaw)

Interlochen Center for the Arts

For the first time since 1928, Interlochen’s annual arts camp will not take place in person.

Instead, camp activities will move online with a series of three-week programs in what is being called Interlochen Online Arts Camp. The virtual courses will commence June 28 to July 19.


For the second year in a row, Kids Commute has won a bronze award in the New York Radio Festival Awards.

Competing in the Best Children/Young Adult Program category, Kids Commute placed alongside radio programs from India, New Zealand and Sweden.

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. 

Check out Kevin's newest video each week here on the IPR website.

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

There's not a lot of music out there for two solo violas to play, but mother and son violists Renee and Joseph Skerik found a duet to play just for IPR.

Joined by their relatively indifferent dog Zoey, the Skeriks played an arrangement of a duo violin sonata by Jean-Marie Leclair.

They also talked about what it's like living in a house with three classical musicians who need to practice all the time. 

Listen to their entire conversation and performance below. Then, scroll down to see video of their duet.

On Thursday, April 23, the nationally syndicated classical music program Performance Today will feature music performed and recorded at Interlochen.

Tune in during the 11 a.m. hour of the program to hear the Detroit Symphony Orchestra perform Maurice Ravel's Mother Goose Suite. This recent concert took place in Kresge Auditorium.

Michael Culler engineered the recording.

After she saw Itzhak Perlman playing the violin on Sesame Street, four-year-old Melissa White pestered her mother nonstop until she got her very own violin.

Now, Melissa is a member of the Harlem String Quartet, a solo artist and an entrepreneur.

Enjoy great classical music from the Great Lakes region every Monday at 6 p.m. on Classical IPR.

Great Lakes Concerts is co-produced by Interlochen Public Radio, WKAR and WRCJ.

This week's program

Giuseppe Verdi: Anvil Chorus from "Il Trovatore"
Jackson Symphony Orchestra
Matthew Aubin, conductor
(Recorded at Potter Center, November 11, 2017)

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. 

Check out Kevin's newest video each week here on the IPR website.

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

Kevin LaRose loves his job as the third shift campus safety officer at Interlochen Center for the Arts. It's peaceful, he says, and it gives him lots of time to practice his many, many musical instruments.

For the last year, he has recorded a video series called "Thursday 3 a.m. Jams," where he plays a different musical instrument in a different location on the Interlochen campus during his nightly rounds. Watch the series here.

On Thursday, April 16, the nationally syndicated program Performance Today will feature music performed and recorded at Interlochen.

Tune in to Classical IPR during the 10 a.m. hour of the program to hear the JACK Quartet and cellist Joshua Roman perform Carlo Gesualdo's Three Madrigals for Five Voices. This performance took place in the Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall.

Michael Culler engineered the recording.

Sophia Bondi just got a great new apartment in New York's West Village, but due to the Coronavirus pandemic, she can't live there just yet.

Instead, Bondi, a freshman at The New School, is back at her parents' home in Seattle. She's taking her classes online and playing a lot of music.

She told Classical IPR that having all of her classes move online is "not so great," but she and her classmates are doing their best to make it work right now.

Hear great performances from the Great Lakes region every Monday at 6 p.m. on Classical IPR. 

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

This week's program

Flutist Adam Sadberry recently joined the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, and he says the barbeque in Memphis is even better than the barbeque in Texas. (Just don't tell his family in Texas that he said that.)

Sadberry joined Classical IPR via Zoom. He talked about his time as a camper at Interlochen and why he may have missed his true calling as a professional kazoo player.

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