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.

On Tuesday, July 23, 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. Tuesday 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.

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This Monday at 6 p.m., join Classical IPR for Great Lakes Concerts, a new program produced by WKAR Public Media at Michigan State in partnership with WRCJ Detroit and Interlochen Public Radio.

Great Lakes Concerts is a weekly program featuring concert performances from all over the state. Click here to read the complete press release.

This week's program

Dennis Kim is the concertmaster of the Pacific Symphony and is a Valade Concertmaster at Interlochen Arts Camp.

Dennis Kim visited IPR’s Studio A to perform and chat about his career. Kim told us that Interlochen can be a "magical" place. He also said his kids knew he had "made it" as a professional violinist when he played on the soundtrack for the film "Toy Story 4."

Amanda Sewell

Did you know that a group of ten musicians is called a dectet? It can also be called a tentet or a decet.

Classical IPR recently welcomed Get Dect, a wind dectet of student musicians from the high school division at Interlochen Arts Camp. They performed the fourth movement from the Sinfonietta by Joachim Raff in IPR’s Studio A.

Listen to their performance below.

The ensemble is coached by Doug Spaniol and Hank Skolnick. 

This Sunday, conductor JoAnn Falletta leads the World Youth Symphony Orchestra. The program includes Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky's Symphony no. 5 and a new work by Ryan Lindveit called "Close Up at a Distance."

Tune in to Classical IPR Sunday at 7 p.m. for comments from JoAnn Falletta and Ryan Lindveit, plus music from Interlochen's archives. The concert downbeat is at 7:30 p.m.

Join Classical IPR Friday at 8 p.m. for recent performances of chamber music given by Interlochen Arts Camp faculty members. You can also listen on demand below.

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

Join Classical IPR at about 10:50 a.m. Wednesday to hear "Heartstorm" 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.

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This Monday at 6 p.m., join Classical IPR for Great Lakes Concerts, a new program produced by WKAR Public Media at Michigan State in partnership with WRCJ Detroit and Interlochen Public Radio.

Great Lakes Concerts is a weekly program featuring concert performances from all over the state. Click here to read the complete press release.

On Friday, July 12, 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 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.

Riad Abdel-Gawad is a composer and violinist. He also attended Interlochen Arts Camp in the early 1980s and was a member of the World Youth Symphony Orchestra.

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

Join Classical IPR at about 11:15 a.m. Wednesday to hear violinist Stefan Jackiw and pianist Conrad Tao perform Witold Lutoslawski's Partita.  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 program produced by WKAR Public Media at Michigan State in partnership with WRCJ Detroit and Interlochen Public Radio.

This week's program

The Star-Spangled Banner
Lansing Symphony Orchestra/Timothy Muffitt, conductor 
Recorded Oct. 1, 2017 at Wharton Center for Performing Arts, East Lansing

Jonathan Bruce Brown: "Sound in Body, Mind and Spirit"
Jackson Symphony Orchestra/Matthew Aubin, conductor
Recorded Sept. 29, 2018 at Potter Center Music Hall, Jackson 

Interlochen Center for the Arts

On this edition of The Interlochen Collection, it’s variations based on original melodies, variations based on medieval music and variations a composer wrote in tribute to a friend. Listen to the entire episode below.

Two new programs are coming to Saturday afternoons on Classical IPR.

Starting Saturday, July 6, listen to Concierto with Frank Dominguez at 1 p.m., followed by What's New with John Clare at 3 p.m. From the Top will remain unchanged at 5 p.m.

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

Join Classical IPR at about 11:30 a.m. Friday to hear "Paranoid Android" by Radiohead, arranged by Sybarite5.  This performance took place in the Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall .

Michael Culler engineered the recording.

Join Classical IPR this Friday at 8 p.m. for a program of chamber music recently performed by faculty members at Interlochen Arts Camp.

Aleksandar Vitanov just finished his junior year at Interlochen Arts Academy, and he is currently attending Interlochen Arts Camp. He is from Kavadarci, Macedonia and studies trumpet with Ken Larson.

Aleksandar visited IPR’s Studio A to perform the Hora Staccato by Grigoras Dinicu. He was joined by collaborative pianist Susan Snyder.

On Wednesday, July 3, 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. Wednesday to hear music of Antonio Vivaldi 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.

On this edition of The Interlochen Collection, we’ll look at American dances, folk songs, hymns, and music for an American president. Listen to the episode below.

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

This week's playlist

Manuel de Falla: Suite from "The Three-Cornered Hat"
Lansing Symphony Orchestra
Timothy Muffitt, cond
(Recorded in Cobb Great Hall, October 18, 2018)

Francis Poulenc: Sonata for 2 Pianos (1953)
Anthony Patterson, piano
Casey Robards, piano
(Recorded October 11, 2018 - Urban beat, Old Town as part of the Absolute Music Chamber Series)

The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center recently visited Interlochen Center for the Arts during their Russian Mastery tour.

This week, Classical IPR in Concert presents that recent performance, featuring music of Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky, Scriabin and Taneyev.

See the entire concert program below. Click the image for a larger view.

Listen Friday at 8 p.m. on Classical IPR or on demand any time below. 

New York Festivals

Classical IPR's Kids Commute has won a Bronze Award in the Best Children/Young Adult Program category of the New York Festivals Radio Awards 2019

The New York Festivals Radio Awards honor radio content from around the world. The awards promote exceptional and innovative content on all continents. 

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

This week's program

George Gershwin: "Summertime and A Woman is a Sometime Thing" from "Porgy and Bess" (arr. Jascha Heifetz)
Ilya Kaler, violin
Genadi Zagor, piano
(Recorded Nov. 16, 2017- Urban beat, Old Town as part of the Absolute Music Chamber Series)

Interlochen Center for the Arts

On this edition of the Interlochen Collection, it's a program featuring a variety of musical fantasias. Listen to the entire episode below.


Amanda Sewell

Every summer, Interlochen holds Institutes. These are week-long intensive studies that take place the week before camp begins. High school students come from around the world to study music, dance, theater and visual arts.

Two students from Interlochen's Piano Institute visited IPR's Studio A to perform. At Institute, they are studying with Michael Coonrod, Spencer Myer, Jerome Lowenthal and TJ Lymenstull.

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