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.

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

This week's program

Christopher Theofanidis: Visions and Miracles
Lansing Sym Orch
Timothy Muffitt, conductor
(recorded March 30th, 2019 at Wharton Center)

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?

Every week, Great Lakes Concerts features great performances from the Great Lakes region. Listen Mondays at 6 p.m. on Classical IPR.

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

This week's program

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Overture to "The Marriage of Figaro," K. 492
Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra
Fouad Fakhouri, conductor
(recorded October 19, 2019 at the Temple Theatre, Saginaw)

"My entire life is a set of circumstances that happened while I was making plans for other things," says conductor Cristian Măcelaru.

Măcelaru's entire career has been shaped by a series of accidents and coincidences. 

It started in the late 1990s when he thought he was applying to attend Interlochen Arts Camp for the summer. He inadvertently chose the wrong application form, and Măcelaru found himself admitted to Interlochen Arts Academy with a full scholarship. 

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?

Interlochen Center for the Arts

Waking to "Reveille" and drifting off to "Taps" are Interlochen traditions - and Classical IPR wants to make sure those traditions continue during the 93rd camp season.

This summer, Classical IPR will play recorded performances of "Reveille" each morning and "Taps" each night during Interlochen Online virtual camp (June 28-July 19). 

Enjoy an hour of great music from the Great Lakes Region every Monday at 6 p.m.

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

This week's program

Ludwig van Beethoven: Concerto No. 5 in E-Flat for Piano & Orchestra, Op. 73, "Emperor"
Ralph Votapek, piano
Traverse Symphony Orchestra
Kevin Rhodes, conductor
(Recorded February 16, 2020, Corson Auditorium, Interlochen)

It's not often you get to see and hear 91 flutes perform simultaneously.

But that's exactly what happens in The Prayer Project, produced by composer Amanda Harberg and filmmaker Micah Fink with support from the National Flute Association.

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This week, the nationally syndicated classical music program From the Top features an episode recorded at Interlochen Center for the Arts and featuring Interlochen Arts Academy students.

The program, recorded in March 2019, was hosted by actor and conductor Damon Gupton with pianist Michelle Cann. 

Student soloists include tubist JunMing Wen, cellist Esther Chae and bassoonist Luis Marquez Teruel.

The Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra and Percussion Ensemble were also featured.

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?

On May 31, WSRJ 105.5 FM will stop broadcasting Classical IPR. This frequency was temporarily available this winter while the 88.7 FM signal was under repair.

As of Tuesday, May 5, Classical IPR's signal on 88.7 FM was restored to full power. 

Everyone who had been listening to 105.5 FM should now be able to hear 88.7 FM clearly.

88.5 FM (Mackinaw City) and 94.7 FM (Traverse City) are unaffected by this change.

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

This week's program

Morton Gould: "American Symphonette" No. 2, II. Pavanne (1938)
Jackson Sym Orch
Matthew Aubin, conductor
(Recorded on February 10th, 2018 at Potter Center Music Hall)

George Gershwin: "An American in Paris"
Lansing Symphony Orchestra
Timothy Muffitt, conductor
(Recorded live at Wharton Center on January 18. 2020)

Although many classical guitarists wear funky socks that they show off while using a foot rest, Gohar Vardanyan isn't one of them. She usually performs wearing gowns, and socks don't exactly go with that wardrobe.

Vardanyan joined Classical IPR via Zoom from her home in New York City to discuss teaching during the pandemic.

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Grammy Award-winning conductor Cristian Măcelaru and the WDR Sinfonieorchester will join Interlochen Online this summer as part of the virtual camp offerings.

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?

Photographer Jason Bell

This Memorial Day weekend, renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma will perform Bach's six cello suites in memory of those lost during the pandemic and in honor of those serving on the front lines of the battle against coronavirus. 

"A Musical Memorial and Tribute: Yo-Yo Ma Plays Bach's Cello Suites Live" will take place live in the studios of WGBH (Boston).

Listen on Classical IPR Sunday starting at 3 p.m. as Ma performs all six of J. S. Bach's cello suites live.

Starting May 23, Saturdays on Classical IPR are going to have a new sound. 

Favorite programs like Music by Request, The Thistle and Shamrock and Afterglow will remain, but several new shows are joining the lineup.

See the new Saturday schedule below.

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Music by Request

Interlochen Center for the Arts

Every spring, as the school year draws to a close, Interlochen Arts Academy students share their work in recitals, concerts and other showcases.

They can't be on campus this year, but the Interlochen Arts Academy Festival will still happen - just from a distance.

Join Classical IPR on Friday, May 22 starting at 8 a.m. as we help celebrate this year's Arts Academy students. Their musical performances from this past academic year will be broadcast throughout the day.

On Thursday, May 21, 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 for an excerpt of a recent recital given by Russian Renaissance at Interlochen's Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall.

Michael Culler engineered the recording.

On Wednesday, May 20, the nationally syndicated program Performance Today will feature music performed and recorded at Interlochen Center for the Arts.

Tune in during the 10 a.m. hour to hear the Pacifica Quartet in a recent recital from Interlochen's Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall. The featured music is Beethoven's Razumovsky Quartet no. 3 (op. 59, no. 3). 

Brett Weisenborn engineered the recording with support from Michael Culler.

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

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

This week's program

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Overture to "The Impresario," K. 486
Lansing Symphony Orchestra
Timothy Muffitt, conductor
(Recorded live at Wharton Center on October 11, 2019)

Musicians from the Detroit Symphony Orchestra will work with Interlochen students this summer as part of the Interlochen Online virtual Arts Camp program.

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?

Tom Rose has been spending a lot of time with his collection of 20 banjos lately.

Currently on furlough from his role as store manager of Interlochen's Scholarshop, Rose has been using his free time to record himself playing lots of music on his banjos.

Inspired by the popularity of Kate's recent Singalong Soiree, members of the Classical IPR staff will be producing their own soirees in the coming weeks.

This week, IPR's music director Amanda Sewell celebrates her father's life and legacy with some of his favorite music and recipes.

Listen to the entire episode below, and scroll down for the recipes and playlist.

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