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.

Trumpeter Walter White was a little disappointed when the television show "Breaking Bad" starting becoming popular. 

White says that he used to be at the top of the Google searches for his name, or in second place after the longtime NAACP leader Walter Francis White.

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. This week, he was assisted (at a safe distance) by Interlochen Arts Academy student Edgar Lam.

Can you correctly identify where on the Interlochen campus Kevin and Edgar are?

This week on Classical IPR in Concert, the program features chamber music performed by faculty members of the 2019 Interlochen Arts Camp

Listen Friday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 12 p.m. or any time on demand below.


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After Mort Achter won a boxing competition at a sports camp in the summer of 1947, his parents were worried.

They told him he'd have to go to music camp at Interlochen the next summer. If he didn't like it, he could return to sports camp the following year.

Starting in 1948, Achter would spend every summer for over a decade at Interlochen's National Music Camp.

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For the first time since 1928, campers, staff and faculty will not convene in person at Interlochen Center for the Arts this summer.

But the sounds of camp will still emanate from Interlochen via Classical IPR. 

Between June 27 and July 19, Classical IPR will have hourly, daily and weekly features celebrating the past, present and future of camp at Interlochen.

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

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

This week's program

Bedrich Smetana: 3 Dances from "The Bartered Bride" - Polka; Furiant; Dance of the Comedians
Lansing Symphony Orch
Timothy Muffitt, conductor
(recorded live, May 19, 2017, Great Hall, 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?

On Friday, June 26, the nationally syndicated classical music Performance Today will feature music performed at Interlochen Center for the Arts.

Join Classical IPR during the 11 a.m. hour as Performance Today broadcasts a recent performance given by the Harlem Quartet at Interlochen's Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall. The quartet played three rags by William Bolcom.

Michael Culler engineered the recording.

Great Lakes Concerts is a weekly co-production of WKAR, WRCJ and Interlochen Public Radio. The program is hosted by Jody Knol.

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

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Chorus of the Janissaries, "Singt dem grossen Bassa Lieder"(Sing to the mighty Pasha) from Act I of "Die Entführung aus dem Serail" ("The Abduction from the Seraglio")
Vocal Arts Ensemble
Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra
David Lockington, guest conductor
(Recorded in Michigan Theater on January 18, 2020)

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?

On June 19, 1865, Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, TX, and they announced that the Civil War had ended and that all slaves were now free.

The Emancipation Proclamation had been signed two and half years earlier, on January 1, 1863. But many states, including Texas, did little to acknowledge President Lincoln's Proclamation until the war ended.

Since 1865, Juneteenth has been celebrated annually on June 19. It is the African American Independence Day. 

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Classical IPR is broadcasting the sounds of Interlochen this summer, and we want you to be a part of it!

Starting Monday, June 29, we'll share audio postcards from Interlochen camp alumni during our local broadcasts. 

If you're an Interlochen camp alum or a member of the faculty or staff, we want to hear from you.

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

Tune in during the 10 a.m. hour on Classical IPR to hear guitarist Marcin Dylla play the Theme, Variations and Fugue on Folia de Espana by Manuel Ponce. This recital took place in the Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall.

Michael Culler engineered the recording. 

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?

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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.

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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