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.

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

Todd Rosenberg

This Saturday at 1 PM, Classical IPR presents a recent production of Hector Berlioz's "Les Troyens" from the Lyric Opera of Chicago

rachelbartonpine.com

Violinist Rachel Barton Pine just released her 35th album, "Bel canto Paganini." The centerpiece of the album is the 24 caprices for solo violin by Niccolo Paganini. Pine chatted with IPR's Amanda Sewell about the new album, what 19th-century opera composers thought about Paganini's music, and why Pine's young daughter is one of the only people who gets to hear her sing. Hear the entire conversation in the clip below.

Classical IPR’s New Release of the Week is the 35th album by violinist Rachel Barton Pine. The centerpiece of the album, “Bel Canto Paganini,” is Pine’s performance of Niccolò Paganini’s 24 caprices for solo violin.

 

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Thanks to listeners in Cheboygan, Interlochen, Onekama, Clare, Traverse City, and many other places for your requests this week. 

1. Gaetano Donizetti, Act II sextet from Lucia di Lammermoor; Luciano Pavarotti, Joan Sutherland, Sherrill Milnes et al.

2. Edward Elgar, Pomp and Circumstance March no. 1; Barry Tuckwell/London Symphony Orchestra

3. Felix Mendelssohn, Midsummer Night’s Dream overture; Peter Maag/London Symphony Orchestra

4. Dan Emmet, Dixie; Richard Condie/Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Todd Rosenberg

This Saturday at 1 PM, Classical IPR presents a recent production of Gaetano Donizetti's "Lucia di Lammermoor" from the Lyric Opera of Chicago

Krista Cooper

 The Traverse Symphony Orchestra recently closed its season with a performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. They were joined by the NMC Grand Traverse Chorale and Chamber Singers and the Interlochen Arts Academy Choirs. Join Classical IPR this Friday night at 8 PM for a special presentation of this recent concert.  

The concert program and a translation of Friedrich Schiller's "Ode to Joy" text is available by clicking on the images below.

  “Final Thoughts” is the newest release from Cedille Records. It features Jorge Federico Osorio performing the final solo piano works of Franz Schubert (1797-1828) and Johannes Brahms (1833-1897). A trailer for “Final Thoughts” can be viewed here.

 

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Thanks to listeners in Omena, Petoskey, Interlochen, Northport, Seattle (WA), and many other places for your requests this week.

1. Richard Wagner, instrumental music from Das Rheingold; Lorin Maazel/Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

2. Erik Bergman, Burla for orchestra; Jussi Jalas/Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra

3. Randall Thompson, Frostiana (selections); Richard Auldon Clark/Manhattan Chamber Orchestra/New York Choral Society 

4. Edward Elgar, Nimrod from the Enigma Variations; Giuseppe Sinopoli/Philharmonic Orchestra

Todd Rosenberg

This Saturday at 1 PM, Classical IPR presents the first opera of the season from the American Opera Series. This week's broadcast is a recent production of Richard Wagner's "Das Rheingold" from the Lyric Opera of Chicago

  Sony Classical brings a new collection nearly 90 years in the making. “Arturo Toscanini: The Essential Recordings” is a 20-disc collection over a thousand minutes in length that celebrates the work of conductor Arturo Toscanini (1867-1957). The recordings in this collection were made for the RCA Victor label between 1929 and 1952. This compilation celebrates Toscanini’s 150th birthday and his over seven decades on the podium.

 

  Interlochen Arts Academy senior Nathaniel Heyder was recently selected as a winner of the 2017 NextNotes Competition. NextNotes is a national competition hosted by the American Composers Forum. Heyder was one of six winners chosen from over 130 submissions. Heyder studies composition with Cynthia Van Maanen at Interlochen Arts Academy.

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