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.

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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

On Monday, April 29, the nationally syndicated classical music program Performance Today will feature music performed and recorded at Interlochen.

Join Classical IPR at about 10:06 a.m. Monday to hear music of Manuel de Falla 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

On this edition of The Interlochen Collection, it's music for the winter season. Listen to the entire episode below.

Identity Cubed is a percussion trio that focuses on transcending the music of the standard percussion ensemble. They will be performing April 26 at the Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts in Manistee.

On Thursday April 25, the nationally syndicated classical music program Performance Today will feature music performed and recorded at Interlochen.

Join Classical IPR at about 10:20 a.m. Thursday to hear "No Surprises" by Radiohead, arranged by Sybarite5.  A recent recital in the Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall featured the quintet Sybarite5.

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 

Interlochen Center for the Arts

On this edition of The Interlochen Collection, we feature composers, conductors and pieces of music that were dedicated to Interlochen. Listen to the entire episode below.

Episode playlist
Vincent Persichetti, Divertimento for Band
High School Symphonic Band
Kenneth Snapp, conductor
August 1961

John Philip Sousa, Northern Pines March
High School Symphonic Band
Joseph E. Maddy, conductor
August 1960

This Friday at 8 p.m., Classical IPR in Concert presents a recent recital given by pianist Sarah Cahill at Interlochen Center for the Arts. Each piece on the program was composed specifically for Cahill.

You can also listen any time below.


On Friday April 19, the nationally syndicated classical music program Performance Today will feature music performed and recorded at Interlochen.

Join Classical IPR at about 10:30 a.m. Friday to hear "Paranoid Android" by Radiohead, arranged by Sybarite5.  A recent recital in the Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall featured the quintet Sybarite5. 
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

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)

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Thanks to listeners in Harbor Springs, Brethren, Boyne City, Lake George and many other places for your requests this week. 

1. Johann Sebastian Bach, Wir danken dir, Gott Sinfonia; German Brass

2. Greg McCallum, Hymn Quilt

3. Aaron Copland, Fanfare for the Common Man; Emerson, Lake & Palmer

4. William Schuman, New England Triptych; Andrew Litton/Dallas Symphony Orchestra

5. Jean-Baptiste Faure, Les Rameaux (The Palms); John McCormack

6. Rodgers & Hammerstein, It might as well be spring; Bryn Terfel

Interlochen Center for the Arts

On this edition of The Interlochen Collection, it's music by Johannes Brahms performed by Interlochen student musicians. Listen to the entire episode below.

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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 this edition of The Interlochen Collection, we’ll hear music related to death and the afterlife, with plenty of magic and mystery. Listen to the entire episode below.

Classical IPR in Concert presents a recent performance given by the Brentano String Quartet at Interlochen Center for the Arts. 

Listen Friday at 8 p.m. or stream any time below.

The quartet performed Ludwig van Beethoven's String Quartet in C minor (op. 18, no. 4) and the String Quartet no. 12 in D-flat major by Dmitri Shostakovich. 

Nancy Conforti and Michael Culler engineered the recordings made at Interlochen.

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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)

Many thanks to listeners in Cedar, Petoskey, Higgins Lake, Ludington and many other places for your requests this week.

1. Richard Wagner, Reitermärsche from Lohengrin; German Brass

2. Franz Reisenstein, Concerto popolare; Hoffnung Festival Orchestra/Yvonne Arnaud

3. Alexander Glazunov, Spring from The Seasons ballet; Vladimir Ashkenazy/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

4. Michael Torke, Ash; David Zinman/Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

5. Camille Saint-Saens, The Swan; Yo-Yo Ma and Kathryn Stott

6. Dwa Serduszka from Cold War; Mazowsze

Interlochen Center for the Arts

This week on The Interlochen Collection, we're showcasing music for brass instruments. Listen to the entire episode below.

Episode playlist

Malcolm Arnold, Brass Quintet No. 1: I. Allegro
High School Honors Chamber Musicians
The New York Philharmonic Brass Quintet (student ensemble)
2017

Brian Balmages, Symphony No. 1 for Brass
Interlochen Arts Academy Brass Ensemble
Ken Larson, conductor
November 2006

On Friday March 29, the nationally syndicated classical music program Performance Today will feature music performed and recorded at Interlochen.

  Join Classical IPR at about 10:06 a.m. Friday to hear " In the Chapel in the Moonlight/Angela" by Bob James.  A recent recital in the Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall featured James at the piano with flutist Nancy Stagnitta. Michael Culler engineered the recording.

Pianist Sandra Shapiro serves on the faculty of the Cleveland Institute of Music. She has also taught at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and Interlochen Arts Academy. 

Shapiro recently gave a recital at Interlochen Center for the Arts entitled "In My Father's Footsteps - A Daughter's Search for Answers." This recital is the first of the four-part series "Musical Roots: An Exploration of Cultural Heritage."

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 this edition of The Interlochen Collection, it's the career of flutist Jeanne Baxtresser. She attended Interlochen Arts Academy in the 1960s and eventually became the first woman to serve as principal flute of the New York Philharmonic. Listen to the entire episode below.

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.

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Thanks to listeners from Reed City, Levering, Buckley, Traverse City and many other places for your requests this week.

1. Luigi Otto, Trumpet Concerto; Ludwig Güttler

2. Giuseppe Verdi, “O, chi piange? Del future nel buio” from Nabucco; Samuel Ramey

3. Dudley Buck, Festival Overture on the American National Anthem; Col. Larry Lang/USAF Heritage of America Band

4. Georges Bizet, Carmen Fantasy; Joseph Alessi/Ami Fujiwara

5. Shadowfax, Brown Rice

Interlochen Center for the Arts

On this edition of The Interlochen Collection, it's music performed by the acclaimed oboist Lady Evelyn Rothwell Barbirolli during several of the visits she made to Interlochen. Listen to the entire episode below.

Episode playlist
Franz Joseph Haydn, Concerto in C Major for Oboe and Orchestra
Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra
Lady Evelyn Rothwell Barbirolli, oboe
Don Jaeger, conductor
November 1965

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