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.

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Thanks to listeners in Mancelona, Omena, Petoskey, Cedar, Alanson, and many other places for your requests this week.

1. Philip Glass, Mad Rush; performed by the composer

2. Ward & Bates, America the Beautiful; Denyce Graves

3. Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, 1812 Overture; James DePreist/Oregon Symphony

4. Alfred Reed, Alleluia Laudamus Te; Frederick Fennell/Dallas Wind Symphony

5. Jules Massenet, Meditation from Thaïs; Chen Yi/Lars Hannibal

6. Michael Balfe, “I Dreamt I Dwelt in Marble Halls”; Elina Garanča

Jim Bekkering

The Benzie Area Symphony Orchestra is performing a concert this weekend called "Burnished Brass." The centerpiece of their concert is the trumpet concerto by Johann Nepomuk Hummel. Jim Bekkering will be the soloist in the Hummel concerto. He stopped by IPR's Studio A to give a preview of the concerto. He spoke with IPR's Amanda Sewell about how his love for orchestral music began at Interlochen in the 1950s and why it's never too late for anyone to pick up a musical instrument. Hear the entire performance and conversation below.

Craig T. Mathew for LA Opera

This Saturday at 1 p.m., Classical IPR presents a recent production of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro" from LA Opera.

The production stars Robert Tagliavini, Pretty Yende, Ryan McKinny and Guanqun Yu, and James Conlon conducts. Read more about the production here. An English translation of the libretto is available here.

New technical advances in the clarinet in the late 18th century improved its sound greatly, which in turn made it popular with composers and orchestras. The music on Classical IPR’s New Release of the Week celebrates the rise of the instrument with three different concertos for two clarinets. The album is called “Double Clarinet Concertos.”

 

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Thanks to listeners in Levering, Frankfort, Kaleva, Charlevoix, Traverse City, and many other places for your requests this week.

1. Antonin Dvorak, Symphony no. 8 (first movement); Seiji Ozawa/Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

2. Scott Joplin, Magnetic Rag; Joshua Rifkin

3. Dmitri Shostakovich, Symphony no. 5 (second movement); Riccardo Muti/Philadelphia Orchestra

4. Carl Nielsen, Symphony no. 5 (second part of first movement); Neeme Järvi/Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra

Teresa Tam Studio

Classical IPR's New Release of the Week is "Entrez, le diable! The Virtuoso Cello at the Concert Spirituel." The album features Baroque cellist Juliana Soltis performing some of the first music written in France for the solo cello.

Craig T. Mathew

This Saturday at 1 p.m., Classical IPR presents a recent production of Gioachino Rossini's "The Barber of Seville" from LA Opera.

The production stars Rene Barbera, Rodion Pogossov and Elizabeth DeShong, and James Conlon conducts. Read more about the production here. An English translation of the libretto is available here.

 During the 1730s, the cello began to be used as a solo instrument for the first time in France. The new album “Entrez, le Diable! The Virtuoso Cello at the Concert Spirituel” celebrates some of the early music for solo cello that audiences found both enthralling and a little scandalous.

 

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Thanks to listeners in Alden, Suttons Bay, Big Rapids, Holland, Cadillac, and many other places for your requests this week.

1. Felix Mendelssohn, Nocturne from A Midsummer Night’s Dream; George Szell/Cleveland Orchestra

2. Ludwig van Beethoven, Symphony no. 9 (final movement, second half); Kurt Masur/Gewandhaus Orchestra and Radio Chorus

3. John David, You Are the New Day; King’s Singers

4. Sergei Rachmaninoff, Piano Concerto no. 3 (final movement); Seiji Ozawa/New York Philharmonic/Andre Watts

Ken Howard

 This Saturday at 1 p.m., Classical IPR presents a recent production of Jacques Offenbach's "The Tales of Hoffman" from LA Opera.

The production stars Vittorio Grigolo, Diana Damrau, Kate Lindsey and Kate Aldrich, and Placido Domingo conducts. Read more about the production here. An English translation of the libretto is available here.

Classical IPR’s New Release of the Week celebrates two milestones: the 90th anniversary of the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra and the 80th birthday of Neeme Jӓrvi, its principal conductor.

 

Leo Quirk

  

The sixteenth annual Baroque on Beaver Music Festival gets under way this week. Between July 28 and August 6, you can travel to Beaver Island and hear concerts featuring many different kinds of music. One ensemble that will be performing several times during Baroque on Beaver is the Metallurgy Brass Quintet.

Karen Almond

This Saturday at 1 p.m., Classical IPR presents a recent production of Giuseppe Verdi's "Macbeth" from LA Opera.

The production stars Placido Domingo as Macbeth and Ekaterina Semenchuk as Lady Macbeth, and James Conlon conducts. Read more about the production here. An English translation of the libretto is available here.

John Williams has scored over 100 films and has received more than 50 Academy Award nominations. Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Orchestra feature an eclectic mix of Williams’s film music scores on their latest album “Lights, Camera...Music! Six Decades of John Williams.”

 

Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra

The Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra recently closed its 2016-2017 season with a concert called "Americana Plus." The “Americana” part of the title refers to the fact that almost every piece on the program is by an American composer. The “plus” refers to Beethoven's Choral Fantasy. On Friday, July 28 at 8 p.m., hear the entire concert broadcast on Classical IPR.

The entire concert program is available below. The Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra was joined by the Great Lakes Chamber Chorus for the final portion of the concert.

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Thank you to listeners in Interlochen Frankfort, Northport, Kingsley, Onekama, and many other places for your requests this week.

1. Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Scheherazade (fourth movement); Charles Dutoit/Montreal Symphony Orchestra

2. Howard Hanson, Symphony no. 2 (first movement); composer conducting the Eastman-Rochester Orchestra

3. Edvard Grieg, Violin sonata no. 1 in C minor (second movement); Augustin Dumay/Maria João Pires

4. Johann Sebastian Bach, Bourree from the E minor Lute suite; version 1: Abeba/version 2: Cary Savage

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

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