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.

  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.

 

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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.

Hailed by Opera Today for his “Puccinian fire power and dramatic heat to raise the hair on the back of your neck,” Lester Lynch has longed to record an album of traditional American spirituals since he began his career. Lynch’s newest album, On My Journey Now, is a dream come true. “Music speaks to and heals the human spirit,” writes Lynch in the album’s liner notes. “These songs have had a profound effect on American history.

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Thanks to listeners in Scottville, Wolverine, Cheboygan, Harbor Springs, and many other places for your requests this week.

1. Jamie Allen, arr.; Elephant Love Medley from Moulin Rouge; original motion picture soundtrack

2. Felix Mendelssohn; Octet for Strings, movements 3 & 4; Academy of St Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble

3. Julius Fucik; Winter Storm Waltz; Vaclav Neumann/Czech Philharmonic Orchestra

4. Aaron Copland; Variations on a Shaker Hymn from Appalachian Spring; Leonard Slatkin, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra

Tune in to Classical IPR on Friday, March 3 at 6 PM to celebrate the 80th birthday of American composer Philip Glass. In February 2016, WFMT host Kerry Frumkin spoke with Glass about his life in music, where he’s been, and what’s inspired him. This program features their conversation, performances of several of Glass's compositions and recordings of works that have inspired Glass over the years.

After a five-year recording hiatus, the Gaudete Brass Quintet returns to the studio for its triumphant fourth album, "sevenfive: The John Corigliano Effect." Founded in 2004, the Gaudete Brass Quintet has distinguished itself for its dedication to both excellence in performance and promotion of brass chamber music and repertoire.

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Thanks to listeners in Harbor Springs, Buckley, Platte Lake, Gaborone (Botswana), and many other places for your requests this week.

1. Antonin Dvorak, “O Lovely Moon” from Rusalka; Seiji Ozawa/Boston Symphony Orchestra/Frederica von Stade

2. Gioacchino Rossini, Overture to William Tell; Charles Dutoit/Montreal Symphony Orchestra

3. John Adams, Harmonielehre, movement III; Michael Tilson Thomas/San Francisco Symphony Orchestra

4. Erik Satie, Gnossienes nos. 1-3; Klara Kormendi

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Tune in to Classical IPR on Friday, February 24 at 6 PM to celebrate the 90th birthday of American soprano Leontyne Price. Presented by the WFMT Radio Network, The Stradivarius of Singers: A Tribute to Leontyne Price is a tribute in music and words to Price's life and career.

 

French record label Harmonia Mundi brings a captivating new album of 18th-century music for harp and orchestra. La Harpe Reine (“The Queen’s Harp”) celebrates the harp’s renaissance in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. This renaissance was inspired by Marie Antoinette, who arrived at the French court with her harp in 1770. The result was a flurry of new compositions for harp.

 

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Thanks to listeners in Baldwin, Cadillac, Central Lake, Ann Arbor, and many other places for your requests this week.

1. Antonin Dvorak, Symphony no. 4, third movement; Neeme Järvi, Scottish National Orchestra

2. Victor Herbert, “Thine alone”; Beverly Sills

3. Johannes Brahms, Piano sonata no. 2, fourth movement; Marilyn Neeley

4. Andrew Lloyd Webber, “All I Ask of You” from Phantom of the Opera; Barry Wordsworth, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Julian Lloyd Webber

5. Carl Friedemann, Slavonic Rhapsody no. 2; I Salonisti

This Saturday, February 18, Grand Traverse Pipes and Drums will hold a concert and fundraiser. The event starts at 7 PM at the Elks Lodge in Traverse City.

Jack Fellows joined Classical IPR's Amanda Sewell to talk about the history of the Grand Traverse Pipes and Drums and to listen to recordings of the ensemble.

For more information about the Ceilidh (pronounced "kay-lee"), click here

 

Naxos brings a star-studded new recording of Leonard Bernstein’s first two symphonies. Pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet and soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano join forces with conductor Marin Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in Leonard Bernstein: Symphonies 1 and 2.

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Thanks to listeners from Cedar, St. Ignace, Farmington Hills, Crystal Lake, Honor, and many other places for your requests this week.

1. Ralph Vaughan Williams, Symphony No. 7 (Sinfonia Antarctica), first movement; Bernard Haitink/London Philharmonic/Sheila Armstrong

2. Casalina & Ferro, Non ti scordar di me; Mario Lanza

3. P.I. Tchaikovsky, Nutcracker: Overture and Waltz of the Flowers; Fritz Reiner/Chicago Symphony Orchestra

4. Craig Hella Johnson, Considering Matthew Shepard; Craig Hella Johnson/Conspirare

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