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.

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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.

This week's playlist 

Interlochen Center for the Arts

On this edition of The Interlochen Collection, we feature composers, conductors and pieces of music that were dedicated to Interlochen. Listen to the entire episode below.

This Friday at 8 p.m., Classical IPR in Concert presents a recent recital given by pianist Sarah Cahill at Interlochen Center for the Arts. Each piece on the program was composed specifically for Cahill.

You can also listen any time below.


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

Join Classical IPR at about 10:30 a.m. Friday to hear "Paranoid Android" by Radiohead, arranged by Sybarite5.  A recent recital in the Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall featured the quintet Sybarite5. 
Michael Culler engineered the recording.

Victor Kraft / Library of Congress

Thanks to listeners in Harbor Springs, Brethren, Boyne City, Lake George and many other places for your requests this week. 

1. Johann Sebastian Bach, Wir danken dir, Gott Sinfonia; German Brass

2. Greg McCallum, Hymn Quilt

3. Aaron Copland, Fanfare for the Common Man; Emerson, Lake & Palmer

4. William Schuman, New England Triptych; Andrew Litton/Dallas Symphony Orchestra

5. Jean-Baptiste Faure, Les Rameaux (The Palms); John McCormack

6. Rodgers & Hammerstein, It might as well be spring; Bryn Terfel

Interlochen Center for the Arts

On this edition of The Interlochen Collection, it's music by Johannes Brahms performed by Interlochen student musicians. Listen to the entire episode below.

On this edition of The Interlochen Collection, we’ll hear music related to death and the afterlife, with plenty of magic and mystery. Listen to the entire episode below.

Classical IPR in Concert presents a recent performance given by the Brentano String Quartet at Interlochen Center for the Arts. 

Listen Friday at 8 p.m. or stream any time below.

The quartet performed Ludwig van Beethoven's String Quartet in C minor (op. 18, no. 4) and the String Quartet no. 12 in D-flat major by Dmitri Shostakovich. 

Nancy Conforti and Michael Culler engineered the recordings made at Interlochen.

Many thanks to listeners in Cedar, Petoskey, Higgins Lake, Ludington and many other places for your requests this week.

1. Richard Wagner, Reitermärsche from Lohengrin; German Brass

2. Franz Reisenstein, Concerto popolare; Hoffnung Festival Orchestra/Yvonne Arnaud

3. Alexander Glazunov, Spring from The Seasons ballet; Vladimir Ashkenazy/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

4. Michael Torke, Ash; David Zinman/Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

5. Camille Saint-Saens, The Swan; Yo-Yo Ma and Kathryn Stott

6. Dwa Serduszka from Cold War; Mazowsze

Interlochen Center for the Arts

This week on The Interlochen Collection, we're showcasing music for brass instruments. Listen to the entire episode below.

Episode playlist

Malcolm Arnold, Brass Quintet No. 1: I. Allegro
High School Honors Chamber Musicians
The New York Philharmonic Brass Quintet (student ensemble)
2017

Brian Balmages, Symphony No. 1 for Brass
Interlochen Arts Academy Brass Ensemble
Ken Larson, conductor
November 2006

On Friday March 29, 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 " In the Chapel in the Moonlight/Angela" 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.

On this edition of The Interlochen Collection, it's the career of flutist Jeanne Baxtresser. She attended Interlochen Arts Academy in the 1960s and eventually became the first woman to serve as principal flute of the New York Philharmonic. Listen to the entire episode below.

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Thanks to listeners from Reed City, Levering, Buckley, Traverse City and many other places for your requests this week.

1. Luigi Otto, Trumpet Concerto; Ludwig Güttler

2. Giuseppe Verdi, “O, chi piange? Del future nel buio” from Nabucco; Samuel Ramey

3. Dudley Buck, Festival Overture on the American National Anthem; Col. Larry Lang/USAF Heritage of America Band

4. Georges Bizet, Carmen Fantasy; Joseph Alessi/Ami Fujiwara

5. Shadowfax, Brown Rice

Interlochen Center for the Arts

On this edition of The Interlochen Collection, it's music performed by the acclaimed oboist Lady Evelyn Rothwell Barbirolli during several of the visits she made to Interlochen. Listen to the entire episode below.

Episode playlist
Franz Joseph Haydn, Concerto in C Major for Oboe and Orchestra
Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra
Lady Evelyn Rothwell Barbirolli, oboe
Don Jaeger, conductor
November 1965

Christian Steiner

Wu Han wears many hats. She is a pianist, co-artistic director of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, co-artistic director of Music@Menlo and co-founder of the record label ArtistLed.

On Friday, March 15 at 7:30 p.m., NPR's From the Top will tape an episode at Interlochen Center for the Arts.  From the Top is a non-profit organization dedicated to celebrating the stories, talents, and character of young classically-trained musicians. 

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Thanks to listeners in Harbor Springs, Ludington, Traverse City, Glen Arbor and many other places for your requests this week.

1. Steven Reineke, The Witch and the Saint; Edward Petersen/The Washington Winds

2. Shadowfax, A Thousand Teardrops

3. Ludwig van Beethoven, Piano Sonata no. 24; Andras Schiff

4. Percy Grainger, Lincolnshire Posy; Col. Michael Colburn, “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band

5. Antonin Dvorak, Symphony no. 6 (first movement); Marin Alsop/Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

6. BOND, Explosive

Interlochen Center for the Arts

On this edition of The Interlochen Collection, it's a program of world premieres given by Interlochen student ensembles. Listen to the entire episode below.

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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 from Mackinac Island, Ludington, Interlochen, Higgins Lake and many other places for your requests this week.

1. Johann Pachelbel, Canon in D major; Raymond Leppard/English Chamber Orchestra

2. Claude Debussy, Reverie; Hélène Grimaud

3. Englebert Humperdinck, selections from Sleeping Beauty; Karl Anton Rickenbacher/Bamberg Symphony Orchestra

4. Felix Mendelssohn, Concert piece for clarinet and basset horn; Northern Chamber Orchestra/Lynsey Marsh/Elizabeth Jordan

Dr. Stu Everett, a retired veterinarian and longtime friend of Interlochen Public Radio, passed away recently. 

In memory of Dr. Everett, Classical IPR presented a program of music about animals. View the playlist below, and click the audio file to listen to the program.


Art Blakey was one of the most important jazz musicians of the second half of the 20th century. Bill Sears and Gary Motley recently visited IPR's Studio A to perform some of Blakey's music and discuss his legacy as a performer, mentor and bandleader.


Interlochen Center for the Arts

On this edition of The Interlochen Collection, Interlochen student ensembles perform dances from around the world. Listen to the entire episode below.

Interlochen Center for the Arts

This Friday, Classical IPR presents a recent performance of Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky's ballet Swan Lake from Interlochen Arts Academy.

The performance from December 2018 featured students in the Academy Dance and Orchestra programs.

The orchestra was conducted by Leslie Dunner. Joseph Morrissey is the director of dance.

Listen Friday at 8 p.m. or any time below.

Join Classical IPR for this year's Baroque on Beaver classical music festival, held on Beaver Island. The trip dates are Thursday August 1 through Sunday August 4, 2019.

The IPR trip includes roundtrip airfare, lodging, some meals, reserved premium seating at concerts, open orchestra and chorus rehearsals and roundtable discussions with festival musicians.

The tentative trip schedule is below - click the image to enlarge it.

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