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 this edition of The Interlochen Collection, it’s music from the very first year at Interlochen Arts Academy. Listen to the entire episode below.

Join Classical IPR Friday, February 7 at 10:40 a.m. for a live broadcast of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

The Friday morning concert takes place in Orchestra Hall and is produced in partnership with WRCJ Detroit and WKAR. 

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The Factory Seconds brass trio includes trumpeter Jack Sutte, hornist Jesse McCormick, and trombonist Richard Stout. They are all faculty members at the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music and members of the Cleveland Orchestra.

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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.

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Thanks to listeners in Gaylord, Wolverine, Sparta, Petoskey and many other places for your requests this week.

1. Henryk Gorecki, Symphony no. 3 (third movement); David Zinman/London Sinfonietta/Dawn Upshaw

2. Lennon & McCartney, A day in the life; Les Boreades de Montreal

3. Carlos Gardel, Por una cabeza (tango); Nicola Benedetti and friends

4. George Gershwin, An American in Paris; Andre Previn/London Symphony Orchestra

5. Aaron Copland, Emblems; Mallory Thompson/Northwestern University Symphonic Wind Ensemble

On this edition of The Interlochen Collection, we look at the career of clarinetist David Shifrin. Listen to the entire episode below.

While everyone else was calling a snow day, we at Classical IPR called a surprise edition of Music by Request. Thanks to everyone who made a request on IPR's Facebook page for the 5 p.m. hour on Wednesday. The complete list of requests is below.

1. David Maslanka, Symphony no. 4, mm. 712-end; Jerry Junkin/Dallas Wind Symphony

2. Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Violin Concerto (second movement); Sir Colin Davis/London Symphony Orchestra/Sarah Chang

Esther Chae is a junior at Interlochen Arts Academy, where she studies cello with Patrick Owen. She recently visited IPR's Studio A.

On Tuesday, January 29, 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. EST to hear music arranged and performed by the string quintet Sybarite5. 

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Thanks to listeners in Charlevoix, Manistee, Traverse City, Northport and many other places for your requests this week. See below for the complete list of requests.

1. Martin Ellerby, Paris Sketches; Eugene Corporon/North Texas Wind Symphony

2. Antonio Vivaldi, Spring from the Four Seasons violin concertos; Nicholas Kraemer/Raglan Baroque Orchestra/Monica Huggett

3. Ralph Vaughan Williams, The Lark Ascending; Barry Wordsworth/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Janine Jansen

Sandra Shapiro is a classical pianist and a member of the faculty at the Cleveland Institute of Music. She is also a guest faculty member at Interlochen Arts Academy this semester.

Thanks to listeners in Irons, Northport, Higgins Lake and many other places for your requests this week.

1. George Frederic Handel, Zadok the Priest; Sir Neville Marriner/Academy of St Martin in the Fields and ASMF Chorus

2. Edward Joseph Collins, Hymn to the Earth (movements 1 & 2); Marin Alsop/Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Chorus

3. Gordon Jacob, Flag of Stars; Eugene Corporon/North Texas Wind Symphony

4. Arvo Pärt, Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten; Neeme Järvi/Scottish Naitonal Orchestra

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TianQi Peng is a sophomore at Interlochen Arts Academy. She studies piano with TJ Lymenstull.

TianQi (Angel) recently visited IPR's Studio A, where she performed music by Beethoven and Chopin.

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Thanks to listeners in Petoskey, Rudyard, Traverse City, Onekama and many other places for your requests this week.

1. John Williams, Imperial March (Darth Vader’s theme); composer conducting the Skywalker Symphony Orchestra

2. Franz Schubert, Rosamunde overture; Herbert Blomstedt/San Francisco Symphony

3. Leonard Bernstein, Symphonic Dances from West Side Story; composer conducting the New York Philharmonic

4. Richard Wagner, Act III Reitermärsch from Lohengrin; German Brass

The Detroit Medical Orchestra's motto is "Bringing Healing through Music." The orchestra's members are doctors, physical therapists, nurses, EMTs and other medical professionals. See the complete list of personnel and their affiliations below.

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Thanks to listeners in Cheboygan, Petoskey, Ludington, Bear Lake and many other places for your requests this week.

1. Alan Hovhaness, Symphony no. 2 “Mysterious Mountain” (third movement); Andrew Litton/Dallas Symphony Orchestra

2. Silvius Leopold Weiss, Ciacconna from 2 Pieces in F major; Dolores Costoyas

3. Robert Russell Bennett, Down to the Sea in Ships; Mark Heron/Royal Northern College of Music Wind Orchestrra

4. Paul Hindemith, Sonata 1948 for cello and piano (first and third movements); Wendy Warner & Eileen Buck

Jakob Schoenfeld is a senior at Interlochen Arts Academy. He studies percussion with Keith Aleo.

Jakob recently visited IPR's Studio A. He performed Robert Oetomo's arrangement of Harold Arlen's "Over the Rainbow." View video of the performance below.

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.

Join Classical IPR's Kate Botello, Nancy Deneen and Amanda Sewell on New Year's Eve starting at 10 p.m.

They'll have plenty of classical music and conversation, a countdown to midnight and then a reflective start to 2019.

This program airs from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.

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Throughout the year, Interlochen Public Radio welcomes a variety of guest artists to our Studio A. They give interviews and exclusive performances. 

Thanks to listeners in Petoskey, Scottville, Watervale, Leland and many other places for your requests this week.

1. Traditional, Good King Wenceslas; Sir David Willcocks/Royal College Chamber Choir

2. Miklos Rosza, Nativity from King of Kings; composer conducting unidentified studio orchestra

3. Alfred Reed, Russian Christmas Music; Kenneth Bloomquist/Musashino Academy Wind Ensemble

4. Ralph Vaughan Williams, Fantasia on Christmas Carols; David Hill/Winchester Cathedral Choir/Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

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This New Year's Eve, join Classical IPR for a day of chamber music performed and recorded at Interlochen. The complete broadcast schedule is below.

Click each individual ensemble for the specific program of pieces in the broadcast.

7 a.m. Calidore String Quartet

8 a.m. Brentano String Quartet

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Celebrate Christmas Day on Classical IPR with recent holiday concerts from around Northern Michigan. Local concerts are listed below.

View Classical IPR's complete 2018 holiday season program schedule by clicking here.

Christmas Day 2018 schedule

8 a.m.: Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra's Messiah plus Bach & Rutter (encore from 2017)

10 a.m.: Interlochen Arts Academy presents Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker" (encore from 2017)

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

Join Classical IPR at about 10:35 a.m. Wednesday to hear pianist Alon Goldstein and cellist Amit Peled perform two movements from Ernest Bloch's From Jewish Life.  Goldstein and Peled recently performed in the Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall at Interlochen Center for the Arts.

Michael Culler engineered the recording.

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Thanks to listeners from Cadillac, McBain, Petoskey, Old Mission Peninsula and many other places for your requests this week.

1. Karl Jenkins, Benedictus; 2CELLOS

2. Adolph Adam, O Holy Night; Mario Lanza

3. Johann Pachelbel, Canon in D; Christopher Hogwood/Academy of Ancient Music

4. John McCutcheon; Christmas in the Trenches; John McDermott

5. Georges Bizet, L’Arlesienne Suite, Prelude; Emmanuel Krivine/National Orchestra of Lyon

6. The Holly and the Ivy & Deck the Halls; Huddersfield Choral Society

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