Amanda Sewell

Classical Music Host

Amanda Sewell is a musicologist who holds a Ph.D. in musicology from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. As a musicologist, Amanda researches the history, context, and style of music of many different periods and regions. Her research about music has appeared in textbooks, journals, and music encyclopedias, and she is a frequent presenter at academic music conferences all over the country. Amanda frequently contributes program notes for performances of classical music, including performances at the Interlochen Center for the Arts.

When not in the studio at Interlochen Public Radio, Amanda works as an academic editor and consultant. Amanda lives in Traverse City with her husband and two dogs.

Todd Rosenberg

This Saturday at 1 p.m., Classical IPR presents a recent production of Richard Wagner's "Tannhäuser" from the Lyric Opera of Chicago. 

 The production stars Johan Botha in the title role, Michaela Schuster as Venus, Amber Wagner as Elisabeth, and Gerald Finley as Wofram, and Sir Andrew Davis conducts. Click here for an English translation of the libretto.

The Notos Piano Quartet performs chamber music from the late 19th and early 20th centuries on Classical IPR’s New Release of the Week. The album, called Hungarian Treasures, includes piano quartets by Hungarian composers Ernst von Dohnanyi and Bela Bartok and a string trio by Zoltan Kodaly.

National Gallery of Art

Thanks to listeners in Wolverine, Traverse City, Branch, Kaleva, Lake Leelanau, and many other places for your requests this week.

1. Conni Ellisor, Blackberry Winter (third movement); Nashville Chamber Orchestra/Stephen Seifert

2. Carlos Gardel, Por una cabeza; Trio Pittsburgh

3. Ludwig van Beethoven, Symphony no. 6 (second movement; Béla Drahos/Nikolaus Esterhazy Sinfonia

4. Modest Mussorgsky, The Ancient Castle from Pictures at an Exhibition (Ravel orchestration); Giuseppe Sinopoli/New York Philharmonic

Jeff Fasano Photography

Violinist Simone Porter will be the soloist with the World Youth Symphony Orchestra this Sunday evening. Conducted by Carlos Kalmar, Porter and WYSO will perform Mozart’s Violin Concerto no. 3.

Simone Porter stopped by Studio A at Interlochen Public Radio for a conversation and to perform music by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky and Manuel de Falla. She was joined by collaborative pianist Tim Plambeck.

requiemformymother.com

Stephen Edwards is best known for his work as a film composer. When his mother passed away in 2006, he composed a Requiem mass in her memory. “Requiem for My Mother” is now commercially available for the first time.

Todd Rosenberg

This Saturday at 1 p.m., Classical IPR presents a recent production of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's "Don Giovanni" from the Lyric Opera of Chicago

The production stars Mariusz Kwiecien as Don Giovanni, Ana Maria Martinez as Donna Elvira, Marina Rebeka as Donna Anna and Kyle Ketelsen as Leporello, and Sir Andrew Davis conducts. Click here for an English translation of the libretto.

When his mother Rosalie Savarino Edwards passed away in 2006, composer Stephen Edwards composed a Requiem mass in her honor. The premiere recording of Edwards’s Requiem for My Mother is Classical IPR’s New Release of the Week.

 

J. Paul Getty Museum

Thanks to listeners in Manistee, Onekama, Kennesaw (GA), Big Rapids, Harbor Springs, and many other places for your requests this week.

1. Richard Wagner, Ride of the Valkyries; Frederick Hohman

2. Rodgers & Hammerstein, “Some enchanted evening” from South Pacific; Jonathan Tunick/London Symphony Orchestra/Jose Carreras

3. Igor Stravinsky, Les noces (first scene); JoAnn Falletta; Les Noces Percussion Ensemble/Virginia Symphony Chorus

4. Jacques Ibert, Concertino for Saxophone and Chamber Orchestra; Orpheus Chamber Orchestra/Branford Marsalis

Todd Rosenberg

This Saturday at 1 PM, Classical IPR presents a recent production of Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky's "Eugene Onegin" from the Lyric Opera of Chicago

 Classical IPR’s New Release of the Week features Natalie Dessay performing songs of Franz Schubert (1797-1828). This album is the first time Dessay has recorded Schubert’s music.

 

National Gallery of Art

Thanks to listeners in Beulah, Branch, Manistee, Frankfort, and many other places for your requests this week.

1. Ira Hearshen, Fantasia on the Army Blue; US Army Field Band

2. George Frederic Handel, “The name of the wicked” from Solomon; Nicholas McGegan/Winchester Cathedral Choir/Göttigen Festival Orchestra

3. William Dawson (arr.), “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” and “Ev’ry time I feel the spirit”; Anton Armstrong/St. Olaf Choir

4. Richard Rodgers, title track and “Surrey with a fringe on top” from Oklahoma! Keith Lockhart/Boston Pops Orchestra

Andrew Cioffi

This Saturday at 1 PM, Classical IPR presents a recent production of Georges Bizet's "Carmen" from the Lyric Opera of Chicago

  This year marks the 40th season for the Emerson String Quartet. They are celebrating with a new album called “Chaconnes and Fantasias.”

 

J. Paul Getty Museum

Thanks to listeners in St. Ignace, Frankfort, Interlochen, Royal Oak, Leland, and many other places for your requests this week.

1. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, “Bei Männern” from The Magic Flute; John Eliot Gardiner/English Baroque Soloists/Gerald Finley & Christiane Oelze

2. George Frederic Handel, Harp Concerto no. 6; Bernard Labadie/Les Violons du Roy/Valerie Milot

3. Johann Sebastian Bach, Cello suite no. 1, first three movements; Zuill Bailey

Cory Weaver

 This Saturday at 1 PM, Classical IPR presents a recent production of Vincenzo Bellini's "Norma" from the Lyric Opera of Chicago

Molly Rubin

This weekend, Chas Helge will perform as the soloist in Antonin Dvorak’s Cello Concerto with the Benzie Area Symphony Orchestra. Helge, who grew up in Manistee and also attended camp at Interlochen, is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts at the University of Oklahoma. He visited IPR’s Studio A to perform some music and to talk about his Northern Michigan roots.

Colin Way

The Honens Piano Competition is a sort of Canadian Van Cliburn competition, where an award is given just every three years. The competitors are all under the age of 30, and the winner receives not only a major cash award of $100,000 but also an extensive career development program valued at about half a million dollars.

 

The Hyperion label presents the first studio album by the pianist Luca Buratto. The album is named for the three pieces by Robert Schumann that appear on it: “Davidsbündlertänze, Humoreske & Blumenstück.”

J. Paul Getty Museum

Thanks to listeners in Clare, Wolverine, Ann Arbor, Cheboygan, Midland, and many other places for your requests this week.

1. Leonard Bernstein, Symphonic Dances from West Side Story; composer conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic

2. Georges Enesco, Romanian Rhapsody no. 2; Antal Dorati/London Symphony Orchestra

3. Giacomo Puccini, “O mio babbino caro” from Gianni Schicchi; Renata Tebaldi

4. Bob James, Odyssey; performed by Nancy Stagnitta and the composer

5. Conni Ellisor, Blackberry Winter, first movement; Nashville Chamber Orchestra

Todd Rosenberg

  This Saturday at 1 PM, Classical IPR presents a recent production of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's "The Magic Flute" from the Lyric Opera of Chicago

  Chamber music of the Danish composer Niels W. Gade (1817-1890) is featured on Classical IPR’s New Release of the Week, “Niels W. Gade: Chamber Works, vol.

J. Paul Getty Museum

Thanks to listeners in Bear Lake, Higgins Lake, Glen Lake, Central Lake, Crystal Lake, and many other places for your requests this week.

1. John Philip Sousa (arr. Rayburn Wright), march medley; Canadian Brass

2. Frederic Chopin, Nocturne in D-flat major; John Browning

3. Antonin Dvorak, Symphony no. 6, first movement; Christoph von Dohnanyi/Cleveland Orchestra

4. Traditional, Aura Lee; Richard Condie/Mormon Tabernacle Choir

5. Traditional, Scotland the Brave; Keith Lockhart/Boston Pops Orchestra/Boston Pipers Society

Todd Rosenberg

  This Saturday at 1 PM, Classical IPR presents a recent production of Jules Massenet's "Don Quichotte" from the Lyric Opera of Chicago

 “Lucrezia Borgia’s Daughter,” a new release from the Obsidian label, features motets that would have been composed and performed at the convent of Corpus Domini in Ferrara during the sixteenth century.

Yale University Art Gallery

Thanks to listeners in Mesick, Cheboygan, Petoskey, Suttons Bay, Holland, and many other places for your requests this week.

1. Victor Herbert, “Thine alone”; Andre Kostelanetz/London Symphony Orchestra/Beverly Sills

2. Jean Sibelius, Finlandia; Frederick Fennell/Eastman-Rochester Pops Orchestra

3. Fain & Kahal, “I’ll Be Seeing You”; Mario Lanza

4. Edvard Grieg, Morning Mood from Peer Gynt; Herbert Blomstedt/San Francisco Symphony

5. Sergei Rachmaninoff, Symphony no. 2, final movement; Eugene Ormandy/Philadelphia Orchestra

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