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 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.

 American pianist Byron Janis has performed with some of the greatest conductors of the twentieth century, including Arturo Toscanini, Eugene Ormandy and Fritz Reiner. He was also the first piano student (and one of only three total) that Vladimir Horowitz ever accepted. At the age of 89, Janis is releasing not one but three new albums.

 

This week, Performance Today will feature two different performances given at Interlochen.

On Thursday, hour 2 of the program (during the 11 a.m. and 9 p.m. hours) will include music performed by pianist Conrad Tao.

On Friday, hour 1 of the program (during the 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. hours) will include music performed by the string quintet Sybarite5.

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 Soprano Pretty Yende grew up in a small town 200 miles from Johannesburg, South Africa. After hearing the famous “Flower Duet” by Leo Delibes in a television commercial, Yende decided to become an opera singer.

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Join Classical IPR's Kate Botello, Nancy Deneen and Amanda Sewell on New Year's Eve starting at 10 p.m. They'll have plenty of classical music and conversation, a countdown to midnight and then a reflective start to 2018. This program airs from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.

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2017 was an exciting year for new albums in classical music. There were world premieres of pieces by Bartok, Puccini and Vaughan Williams. There were also lots of anniversaries celebrated in music, from the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation to the 40th anniversary of the founding of the Emerson String Quartet.  

Join Classical IPR's Amanda Sewell for a look at some notable classical music releases from 2017. This program airs Wednesday December 27 at 5 p.m. with an encore presentation on Monday January 1 at 1 p.m.

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Celebrate Christmas Day on Classical IPR with recent holiday concerts from around Northern Michigan. Local concerts are listed below.

View Classical IPR's complete holiday season program schedule by clicking here.

Christmas Day 2017

8 a.m.: Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra's Messiah plus Bach & Rutter

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Thank you to listeners in Gaylord, Cedar, Northport, Wolverine and many other places for your requests this week.

1. Various, Happy Holidays Medley; Keith Lockhart/Boston Pops Orchestra & Tanglewood Festival Chorus

2. Dan Forrest, Carol of Joy; Ronald Staheli/BYU Choirs and Orchestra

3. Traditional, Lord of the Dance; John Langstaff/Christmas Revels

4. Sergei Prokofiev, Piano Concerto no. 4 (third and fourth movements); Andre Previn/London Symphony Orchestra/Vladimir Ashkenazy

5. Leon Boellmann, Toccata from Gothic Suite; Carlo Curley

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  Ola Gjeilo is one of the most in-demand composers alive today. He’s not even 40 and has already had his music performed by major ensembles including the Choir of King’s College Cambridge and the Phoenix Chorale. His newest album is called Winter Songs, and it features original compositions and his new arrangements of some Christmas favorites.

  Join Classical IPR on Christmas Day at 8 a.m. for Messiah + Bach & Rutter, the 2017 holiday concert from the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra. View the complete concert program below.

 

View Classical IPR's complete holiday program schedule by clicking here.

 

  

Join Classical IPR on Christmas Day at 12 p.m. for Home for the Holidays, the 2017 holiday concert from the Traverse Symphony Orchestra. View the complete Home for the Holidays concert program below.

View Classical IPR's complete holiday program schedule by clicking here.

Interlochen Center for the Arts

Join Classical IPR on Christmas Day at 10 a.m. for Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker," a 2017 performance featuring Interlochen Arts Academy students. 

View Classical IPR's complete holiday program schedule by clicking here.

Interlochen Center for the Arts

 Join Classical IPR on Christmas Day at 2 p.m. for "Sounds of the Season," the 2017 holiday concert from Interlochen Arts Academy.

View Classical IPR's complete holiday program schedule by clicking here.

  A new album from Decca features winter-themed music by the Norwegian-born American composer Ola Gjeilo. Gjeilo himself is at the piano for every piece, and her performs with 12 Ensemble and the Choir of Royal Holloway, conducted by Rupert Gough.

 

Join Classical IPR on Christmas Day at 4 p.m. for Winter Songs and Carols, the 2017 holiday concert from Manitou Winds. View the complete Songs and Carols concert program below.

View Classical IPR's complete holiday program schedule by clicking here.

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Thanks to listeners in Cadillac, Petoskey, Lake Ann, Traverse City, Cheboygan and many other places for your requests this week.

1. Mykola Leontovich, Carol of the Bells; James Meredith/Sonos Handbell Ensemble

2. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Marriage of Figaro overture; New York Philharmonic Winds

3. Traditional, The Little Drummer Boy; The Klezmonauts

4. Franz Liszt, Hungarian Rhapsody no. 3; George Li

5. Traditional, Ya Maryam El Bekr; Fairuz

6. William Bolcom, Three Rags; Altius String Quartet

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Cellist Amit Peled actually encourages his students to join a gang - the Peabody Cello Gang.

Peled spoke with Classical IPR about how the Cello Gang got started, which piece on their new album is the “Everest” for cellists and the story behind the album’s cover photo. He also talked about the once-in-a-lifetime live performance of David Popper’s Requiem featuring nineteen cellos that appears on the new album.

 

If you’re a top cellist at the Peabody Institute in Baltimore, you’re probably in a gang. A cello gang, that is. Amit Peled calls the students in his studio the Peabody Cello Gang, and they have a new album.

 

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Thanks to listeners in St. Ignace, Harbor Springs, Cadillac, Williamsburg, and many other places for your requests this week.

1. Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Scheherazade (first movement); Jose Serebrier/London Philharmonic Orchestra

2. Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, The Nutcracker (selections); Modern Mandolin Quartet

3. John McCutcheon, Christmas in the Trenches; John McDermott

4. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Magic Flute overture; Bruno Weil/Tafelmusik

5. Martin Luther, A Mighty Fortress is Our God; Vienna Boys Choir & Placido Domingo

 Violinist Angèle Dubeau and her orchestra La Pietà have recorded musical portraits of many composers, including Philip Glass, Ludovico Einaudi and John Adams. Their latest musical portrait album features selected works of Max Richter.

 

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Thank you to listeners in Lake Leelanau, Petoskey, Suttons Bay, Levering, Good Harbor Bay and many other places for your requests this week.

1. Harold Arlen, Get Happy; Jenny Lin

2. Hildegard von Bingen, O quam magnum miraculum est; Nonsuch Singers

3. Leonard Bernstein, West Side Story Suite; Orchestra of the Americas

4. Giuseppe Verdi, Libera me from the Requiem; Sir Georg Solti/Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus/Leontyne Price

5. Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Violin Concerto, third movement; JoAnn Falletta/Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra/Chloe Hanslip

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Thanks to listeners in Beulah, Petoskey, Bear Lake, Traverse City, Midland and many other places for your requests this week.

1. Johann Melchior Molter, Concerto Pastorale; Angele Dubeau/La Pieta

2. Alexander Borodin, Polovetsian Dances from Prince Igor; Andrew Davis/Toronto Symphony Orchestra & Chorus

3. Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, March from the Nutcracker; Leonard Bernstein/New York Philharmonic

4. Cesar Franck, The Accursed Hunter; Eiji Oue/Minnesota Orchestra

A new album by Steven Isserlis surveys the music written for the cello during the period of World War I. The album is called The Cello in Wartime. It includes several popular pieces performed on an instrument called a trench cello.

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This Thanksgiving Day, celebrate with Classical IPR and the following special programs.

7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Morning Classics with Kate Botello

10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Performance Today with Fred Child

12 p.m. to 2 p.m. A Feast for the Ears: Celebrate Thanksgiving with music that sets the atmosphere and reflections that provide deeper meaning to the holiday.

National Gallery of Art

Thanks to listeners in Petoskey, Millersburg, Cedar Creek Township, Onekama, Suttons Bay and many other places for your requests this week.

1. Gaetano Donizetti, Act II Sextet from Lucia di Lammermoor; Montserrat Caballe, Samuel Ramey et al.

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

3. Over the River and Through the Woods; The Smokey Mountain Band

4. Karl Michael Ziehrer, Step Right Up! (waltz); Gustavo Dudamel/Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

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