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.

New York Public Library via Wikimedia Commons

Thanks to listeners in Interlochen, St. Ignace, Novi Sad (Serbia), Northport, Manistee, Norman (OK) and many other places for your requests this week.

1. Alexander Borodin, In the Steppes of Central Asia; Neeme Jarvi/Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra

2. Schonberg & Boublil, “The Ceremony” from Miss Saigon; original London cast recording

3. Ralph Vaughan Williams, Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis; Sir John Barbirolli/Sinfonia of London

4. Gioachino Rossini, The Thieving Magpie overture; Yoel Levi/Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Grand Rapids Guitar Quartet

  Brian Morris is a professor and director of guitar studies at Grand Rapids Community College. He’s also a member of the Grand Rapids Guitar Quartet, and that ensemble will be performing this Saturday with the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra.

David Finlayson / Teresa Berg

Brothers Anthony and Demarre McGill both have successful careers as orchestral musicians. Anthony McGill is the principal clarinetist with the New York Philharmonic, and Demarre McGill is the principal flutist with the Seattle Symphony.

 

The McGill brothers, along with pianist Michael McHale, have released a new album on the Chicago-based label Cedille. The album is called "Portraits," and it features several world premieres. It’s also the first album the brothers have recorded together.

 

Classical IPR’s Featured New Release includes three world premiere recordings and a guest appearance by an Academy Award-winning actor. The McGill/McHale Trio’s new album on the Cedille label is called Portraits.

 

J. Paul Getty Museum

Thanks to listeners in Traverse City, Northport, Ann Arbor, Alanson, Luther, and many other places for your requests this week.

1. Leonard Bernstein, West Side Story suite; David Zinman/Philharmonia Orchestra/Joshua Bell

2. Ion Ivanovici, Waves of the Danube Waltz; Felix Slatkin/Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra

3. Gioacchino Rossini, Overture to Semiramide; JoAnn Falletta/Buffalo Philharmonic

4. Gaetano Donizetti, Una furtiva lagrima from The Elixir of Love; Lawrence Brownlee

Bellini Opera Company

The Bellini Opera Company will perform at City Opera House in Traverse City tomorrow night at 7 p.m. They are presenting a tribute to the legendary tenor Enrico Caruso as part of the Sixth Annual Traverse City Wine and Opera Festival.

Cory Weaver for San Francisco Opera

This Saturday at 1 p.m., Classical IPR presents a recent production of Giacomo Puccini's "Madama Butterfly" from San Francisco Opera.

The production stars Lianna Haroutounian, Vincenzo Costanzo, Zanda Svede and Julie Adams, and Yves Abel conducts. Read more about the production here. An English translation of the libretto is available here

Classical IPR’s New Release of the Week is an album that celebrates the woman who created the link between Johann Sebastian Bach and Felix Mendelssohn. The album is called In Sara Levy’s Salon.

 

National Gallery of Art

Thanks to listeners in Glen Arbor, Newaygo, Cheboygan, Petoskey, Cedar Creek Township, and many other places for your requests this week.

1. Zdenek Fibich, Symphony no. 3 (third movement); Neeme Järvi/Detroit Symphony Orchestra

2. Rodgers & Hammerstein, O What a Beautiful Morning; Bryn Terfel

3. Sir Edward Elgar, Introduction and Allegro; Sir Neville Marriner/Academy of St Martin in the Fields

4. Aaron Copland, Lincoln Portrait; Gerard Schwarz/Seattle Symphony Orchestra/James Earl Jones

5. Jay Ungar, The Ashokan Farewell; Dodworth Saxhorn Band

Interlochen Center for the Arts

This Friday night at 8 p.m., Classical IPR presents a recent concert by the World Youth Wind Symphony (WYWS). The concert took place during the 2017 Interlochen Arts Camp season.

J. Henry Fair

Grammy Award-winning guitarist Sharon Isbin has a new album called "Alma Española." On the new album, Isbin and mezzo soprano Isabel Leonard perform Spanish-language art songs, many of which are new arrangements Isbin created.

Cory Weaver for San Francisco Opera

This Saturday at 1 p.m., Classical IPR presents a recent production of Giuseppi Verdi's "Aida" from San Francisco Opera.

The production stars Leah Crocetto, Brian Jagde, Ekaterina Semenchuk and George Gagnidze, and Nicola Luisotti conducts. Read more about the production here. An English translation of the libretto is available here

Mezzo soprano Isabel Leonard and guitarist Sharon Isbin have a new album on Bridge Records called Alma Española. The album features art songs by Spanish composers including Manuel de Falla and Federico Garcia Lorca.

 

Caroline Bittencourt

The Danish String Quartet is known for their iconic mix of traditional string quartet repertoire and their own arrangements of Danish and other Nordic folk tunes. They have played everywhere from Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center to NPR's Tiny Desk Concerts. 

The Danish String Quartet recently gave a concert in Corson Auditorium at Interlochen Center for the Arts. Listen to the entire concert and view the concert program below.

Ron Scherl for San Francisco Opera

This Saturday at 1 p.m., Classical IPR presents a 1979 production of Amilcare Ponchielli's "La Gioconda" from San Francisco Opera. 

This performance features Renata Scotto in the title role and Luciano Pavarotti as Enzo Grimaldo. Bruno Bartoletti conducts. The complete cast list is available here. An English translation of the libretto is available here

 Classical IPR’s New Release of the Week features familiar music in a new and surprising interpretation. Marimbist Kuniko performs her own arrangements of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach in Bach: Solo Works for Marimba.

 

National Gallery of Art

Thanks to listeners in Alanson, Wellston, Glen Arbor, St. Ignace, Prudenville, and many other places for your requests this week.

1. Gerald Finzi, Eclogue for Piano and Strings; Howard Griffiths/Northern Sinfonia/Peter Donohoe

2. Danny Wright, Softly as I Leave You (closing theme for Repose with Frank Slaughter)

3. Septimus Winner, Listen to the Mockingbird; Dodworth Saxhorn Band

4. Harold Arlen, Get Happy; Jenny Lin

5. Antonin Dvorak, Symphony no. 5 (third movement); Mariss Jansons/Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra

Craig T. Mathew for LA Opera

  This Saturday at 1 p.m., Classical IPR presents a recent production of John Corigliano's "The Ghosts of Versailles" from LA Opera.

The production stars Patricia Racette, Patti LuPone, Lucas Meachem and Robert Brubacker, and James Conlon conducts. Read more about the production here. The production is in English.

  On June 10 of this year, Yekwon Sunwoo became the 2017 gold medalist at the Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. A new album featuring Sunwoo’s performances from the competition is Classical IPR’s New Release of the Week.

 

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.

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