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.

What does a cellist do when they're self-quarantined at home with just their cat for company? In Chas Helge's case, he's making recordings featuring five versions of himself.

Alexandra Snyder Dunbar has three harpsichords in her Georgia home, so she had to choose just one to play when she joined Classical IPR via Zoom this week. 

Snyder Dunbar was the first guest in a new series called Notes from Home, featuring interviews with classical musicians from their homes.

Interlochen Center for the Arts recently welcomed violinist Stefan Jackiw and pianist Conrad Tao to the Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall. They performed music of Stravinsky, Lutoslawski, Saariaho and Brahms.

Alex Fiterstein, Alon Goldstein and Amit Peled

Pianist Alon Goldstein, cellist Amit Peled and clarinetist Alex Fiterstein are all respected soloists, teachers and ensemble musicians. They formed the Goldstein-Peled-Fiterstein Trio in 2005, and in recitals, they perform as soloists, in duets, and as a trio.

This week's episode of the Interlochen Collection features pianist Cynthia Raim. We'll hear archival recordings from her time as an Interlochen camper in the early 1960s as well as her later professional commercial recordings.

Listen to the entire episode below.

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.

Interlochen Center for the Arts

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra recently visited Interlochen Center for the Arts for the first time since 2006. This week, Classical IPR in Concert presents this recent performance from the stage of Kresge Auditorium.

Listen Fridays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 12 p.m. or any time on demand below.

Karen Almond / Met Opera

The 2019-20 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with Mozart’s classic fairy tale The Magic Flute, an abridged English-language adaptation that carries on the Met’s tradition of presenting opera for audiences of all ages at the holidays.

Lothar Koenigs conducts the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus in this beloved opera about the triumph of love and virtue.

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)

Join Classical IPR for our third annual Christmas Day from Northern Michigan. Recent holiday performances by regional music ensembles will be featured all day.

Everyone at Classical IPR wishes you and yours a very merry holiday season.

The complete Christmas Day schedule is below. 

Every week, Great Lakes Concerts presents recent great performances from the Great Lakes region. Listen every Monday at 6 p.m. on Classical IPR.

This week's program

Giacomo Puccini: Aria, "O mio babbino caro" ("O dearest daddy") from "Gianni Schicchi"
Emily Douglass, soprano
Jackson Symphony Orchestra
Matthew Aubin, conductor
(Recorded at Potter Center, November 11, 2017)                                                                                                   

Violinist Yu-Jen Weng is a senior at Interlochen Arts Academy, where she studies with Ara Sarkissian.

She recently visited IPR's Studio A to perform the second movement from the violin concerto by Jean Sibelius. She was joined by collaborative pianist Ya-Ju Chuang.

Yu-Jen told us why Aladdin is her favorite movie and why it's a lot easier to practice at Interlochen than in her hometown of Taipei, Taiwan.

Listen to the entire performance and interview below.


Brock Morman engineered this edition of Studio A.

The Northwestern Michigan College Concert band recently gave a performance called "Musicals that Changed Our Lives." Conducted by Pat Brumbaugh, the ensemble presented medleys from six different popular musicals.

Listen to this recent NMC Concert Band performance Friday at 8 p.m., Sunday at noon or on demand below.

Curious about the band members' day jobs? Scroll down to see the complete demographics.

Kevin Gills engineered the audio recording.

The complete program is listed below. Click the image to enlarge it.

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)

On Saturday, December 7, IPR's music director Amanda Sewell will be meeting listeners at Manitou Winds' annual Winter Songs and Carols concert.

The concert takes place at Grace Episcopal Church in Traverse City, and it starts at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free, but a freewill offering will be taken to support Grace’s Friday Community Lunch ministry.

Click here for more information about the concert. Sewell will be available in the lobby before and after the concert to meet with listeners.

Celebrate the season with special programming on Classical IPR. 

Click the image below for a printable version of the 2019 holiday programming schedule. 

A text version of the schedule is available below the image.

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

Taffy Raphael Photography

Every summer, classical musicians from around the country gather on northern Michigan’s Beaver Island for the Baroque on Beaver Festival.

This week on Classical IPR in Concert, we feature highlights from the 2019 Baroque on Beaver Festival. Click here for the complete roster of musicians in the Festival Orchestra and Chorus. 

Benzie County

Papa J's in the Honor Plaza on US 31
Noon - 3 PM on Thanksgiving
Donations accepted for Toys for Tots

Petals & Perks
429 Main Street, Frankfort
12-2 PM on Thanksgiving
7th annual community Thanksgiving dinner with turkeys roasted over a wood fire.
Donations and volunteers are greatly appreciated

Charlevoix County

13th Annual Thanksgiving Dinner
St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, 1003 Bridge St.
Noon - 3 PM on Thanksgiving

The castrato Farinelli was one of the most celebrated singers of the eighteenth century. In a new album on the Decca label, mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli performs repertoire that was written specifically for Farinelli to sing.

Castrated when he was about 12 years old, Farinelli (born Carlo Maria Michelangelo Nicola Broschi in 1705) had become a star on the Italian operatic stage by the time he was 20. 

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.

King's College, Cambridge

This year's Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols from the Choir of King's College, Cambridge will likely be a sadder affair this year, following the death of its longtime leader Stephen Cleobury. 

Henry Leck is an internationally recognized choral director. He’s professor emeritus in choral music at Butler University, and he’s also the founder and Conductor Laureate of the Indianapolis Children’s Choir. 

This weekend, he'll lead the Grand Traverse Area Festival Chorus and Chamber Orchestra, the NMC Grand Traverse Chorale and Chamber Singers, and the NMC Children’s Choir in a performance of John Rutter's Mass of the Children.

Leck visited IPR's Studio B to chat with Amanda Sewell about the upcoming performance and about some notable musical moments in the piece. 

This Thanksgiving 2019, Classical IPR is pleased to offer a day of special programming. See the entire schedule below.

7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Classical music with Kate Botello (live)

10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Performance Today

12 p.m. A Feast for the Ears

Adam Kuhn is a senior at Interlochen Arts Academy, where he studies clarinet with Bryan Conger.

He is one of the winners of this year's student concerto competition and will perform with the Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra in the coming months.