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.

  Pentatone offers a new recording of three of Franz Joseph Haydn’s symphonies, numbers 53, 64 and 96.

 

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Thanks to listeners in Cadillac, Harbor Springs, Scottville, Cedar Creek Township, Bellaire, and many other places for your requests this week.

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

2. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Larghetto and Allegro for two pianos; Joshua Pierce and Dorothy Jonas

3. Carl Scheindienst, Variations on “Gestern Abend war Vetter Michel da”; Lars Hannibal/Michala Petri

4. Aaron Copland, Fanfare for the Common Man; Gerard Schwarz/Seattle Symphony Orchestra

  On Friday, May 5 at 7:30 PM, the Interlochen Arts Academy Jazz Ensemble will present “A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald.” Ella Fitzgerald, also known as “The First Lady of Song,” would have turned 100 last month.

 

The concert features two guest artists, jazz pianist and composer Gary Motley and singer Carmen Bradford. Motley and Bradford visited IPR’s Studio A to perform some music and to talk about the legacy of Ella Fitzgerald.

 

 

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 Classical guitarist Matthew McAllister will present a recital tonight at 7 PM in the Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall. McAllister is Classical Guitar Tutor and Lecturer in Music at the University of St. Andrews and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

  Pianist Mark Bebbington and the Somm label present The Piano Music of Ralph Vaughan Williams, a complete collection of Vaughan Williams’s compositions for solo and duo piano. Romanian-Nigerian pianist Rebeca Omordia joins Bebbington for the album’s two duo-piano selections.

 

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Thanks to listeners in Mancelona, Alden, Mesick, Lewiston, and many other places for your requests this week.

1. Arvo Pärt, Cantus in memoriam Benjamin Britten; Angèle Dubeau/La pieta

2. Traditional, Aura Lee; Mormon Tabernacle Choir

3. John Rutter, “Pie Jesu” from the Requiem mass; composer conducting Aurora Orchestra and Cambridge Singers; Alice Halstead

4. PDQ Bach (a/k/a Peter Schickele), “The Abduction of Figaro,” opening scene; unidentified opera company

Sir Arthur Sullivan is best-known for his full-length operettas composed with W.S. Gilbert, including “H.M.S. Pinafore” and “The Pirates of Penzance.” Sullivan’s prolific output also includes oratorios, ballets, incidental music and dozens of songs and hymns.

This year, Chandos released a new record celebrating Sullivan’s vast songbook. “Arthur Sullivan - Songs” brings together four of England’s rising classical music artists for an album of these rarely-performed pieces.

Violinist Daniel Hope’s new album, “For Seasons,” is inspired by the perennial Vivaldi concerto cycle known as The Four Seasons. Hope began learning the Vivaldi concertos at age seven, performing them live for the first time only six years later.

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Thanks to listeners in Beulah, Mullet Lake Village, Traverse City, Suttons Bay, and many other places for your requests this week.

1. Jean Sibelius, Andante Festivo; composer conducting the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra

2. George Frederic Handel, “I know that my Redeemer liveth” from Messiah; John Butt/Dunedin Consort/Susan Hamilton

3. Josef Ivanovich, Danube Waves Waltz (a/k/a The Anniversary Song); Felix Slatkin/Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra

4. George Gershwin, An American in Paris; Erich Kunzel/Cincinnati Pops Orchestra

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Join Classical IPR this Friday, April 14 at 6 PM for a special inspired by the liturgy of Christian Holy Week. The liturgy of the Christian Holy Week has inspired centuries of music from diverse composers and is rich with musical depictions and meditations reflecting on the death and suffering of Christ. WFIU's Harmonia presents an hour of music for Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, and Good Friday services that lead up to Easter. 

  Jeannette Sorrell and Apollo’s Fire bring us a new performance of J. S. Bach’s classic oratorio, St. John Passion. Apollo’s Fire performed the oratorio in March as a live theatrical performance in both Apollo’s Fire’s native Cleveland and New York City; now, the ensemble offers the performance as a two-disc album with accompanying photos and online resources.

 

  Legendary pianist Menahem Pressler joins forces with the Pacifica Quartet on the new album Brahms Piano Quintet/ Schumann String Quartet No. 1.

 

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Thanks to listeners in Traverse City, Pentwater, Guelph (Ontario), Whitehall, Harbor Springs, and many other places for your requests on this April Fool’s Day.

April Fool’s Day Music by Request program theme: Denes Agay and Nelson Cogan, Clarinet Polka Yodel (arr.); Mary and Melinda Schneider

1. Franz Reizenstein, Concerto Popolare; Norman Del Mar/Hoffnung Symphony Orchestra/Yvonne Arnaud

2. George Frederic Handel, Flute sonata op. 1, no. 1 in E minor; Frans Brüggen/Anner Bylsma/Bob van Asperen

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  Join Classical IPR on Monday, April 3 at 6 PM to celebrate Opening Day with "Play Ball!" This program salutes warmer weather and the beginning of the baseball season with a tribute to America’s national pastime.

Stepping up to the plate are Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelley, Les Brown, and Sarah Vaughan, with Count Basie, Vince Guaraldi, and Dave Frishberg on deck as well.

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Get a head start on your April Fool's Day pranks this Friday at 6 PM when Classical IPR presents Igudesman and Joo: You Just Have to Laugh!

The Finnish composer Jean Sibelius is best known by classical music listeners for his orchestral works, including several symphonies and the famous tone poem “Finlandia.” But Sibelius’s vast output also includes nearly 100 songs.

 

Libor Ondras has served as the music director of the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra since 2013. He also is a gifted violist, and he will present a recital on Sunday, March 26 as part of the GLCO’s Sunday Series.

 

Buxton Orr (1924-1997) studied medicine until he changed careers in the 1950s and began studying music composition with Benjamin Frankel. Some of his earliest compositions were film scores, and he also wrote songs, chamber music, operas, and musical theater pieces. Recently, Orr’s widow gave tenor Nicky Spence access to several of her husband’s songs that had never before been recorded.

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Join Classical IPR on the first day of spring (Monday, March 20) at 6 PM for A Springtime Celebration with Early Music Song and Dance. The program features songs and dance music from the Middle Ages, Renaissance, and early Baroque, as well as settings of Palestrina's madrigal Vestiva i colli and French baroque composer Nicolas Chedeville's arrangement of "Spring" from Vivaldi's Four Seasons.

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Thanks to listeners in Prudenville, Marshall, Buckley, Cedar, and many other places for your requests this week.

1. Ludwig van Beethoven, Symphony no. 5, fourth movement; Claudio Abbado/Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

2. Tielman Susato, Basse danse and Pavane; Jerry Junkin/University of Texas Wind Ensemble

3. Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Russian Easter Overture; Neeme Järvi, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra

4. John Rutter, Beatles Concerto, first movement; John Rutter/London Philharmonic Orchestra

5. Leroy Anderson, Blue Tango; Catherine Wilson/Ensemble Vivant

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Join Classical IPR this St. Patrick's Day (Friday, March 17) at 6 PM for Irish Connections, a celebration of music from and inspired by Ireland. “There are only two kinds of people in the world,” goes the old saying, “The Irish, and those who wish they were.”

This program celebrates the Emerald Isle--from Purcell to Beethoven, from John Field to Victor Herbert.

This Friday, March 17, the Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra will feature performances by the concerto competition winners. Ailun Zheng, a senior from Shanghai, visited IPR's Studio A recently for a performance and conversation.

 

Chandos, Sir Andrew Davis and the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra bring a landmark new collection by British composer Ralph Vaughan Williams.

 

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Thanks to listeners in Cadillac, Higgins Lake, Ypsilanti, Irons, and many other places for your requests this week.

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

2. Franz Joseph Haydn, Symphony no. 96, third movement; Christopher Hogwood/Academy of Ancient Music

3. Giuseppe Verdi, “Sempre libera” from La traviata; Maria Callas/Alfredo Kraus

4. Gustav Mahler, Symphony no. 4, excerpt of third movement; Leonard Bernstein/New York Philharmonic

5. John Lunn, main titles from Downton Abbey; Angèle Dubeau/La Pietà

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Celebrate International Women's Day on Wednesday, March 8 at 6 PM, when Classical IPR presents "I Am Woman, Hear Me Sing," a program about music written and performed by women. Produced by WFIU's Harmonia, the program explores the music of 16th-century Italian nun Raffaella Aleotti, the first nun to have her work published. Then, Trio Mediaeval goes to 13th-century England with their reconstruction of a Lady Mass.

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