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Information from MTPR music program producers and hosts.

The Bob Show, Friday, May 22, 8:00 p.m.

May 21, 2015

Sunday is Bob Dylan's 74th birthday, which makes Friday, May 22 the occasion for the annual Bob Show. Join host Fred Rice from 8:00 p.m. Friday till 2:00 a.m. Saturday as he salutes Mr. Zimmerman's five decades of influence over popular music and culture.

Martha Scanlan and John Neufeld stopped by to play live on "The Folk Show" on May 19, 2015. Martha is no stranger to MTPR, where she's played live on-air many times, first as a member of The Reeltime Travelers, and more recently as a solo artist.

Tune In For Two B.B. King Specials

May 15, 2015
Famed blues guitarist B.B. King in a 2009 performance
Tom Beetz

In honor of B.B. King's passing, we'll be airing two B.B. King specials next week.

Tune in Monday at 8:00 p.m. to hear a re-broadcast of a 2004 Musician's Spotlight interview with B.B. King.

Wednesday 10:00 to midnight enjoy a music-intensive two-hour program of B.B. King performances that celebrate his long-standing role as the unassailable "King of The Blues."

Join host Marguerite Munsche Sunday evening, May 10, 2015 for our fourth and final broadcast from the Missoula Symphony Orchestra and Chorale's  60th season. Darko Butorac is the orchestra's music director and conductor.

Charles Robert Stephens, Baritone. Kerri Marcinko, Soprano.
Courtesy Photo

Saturday May, 2 the Helena Symphony will present Beethoven's Ninth as part of their 60th anniversary celebration.

MTPR's Michael Marsolek spoke with Allan R. Scott, the Helena Symphony's music director about the upcoming concert and celebration.

Anne Hosler

Seven musicians from the University of Montana's School of Music joined Professor Steven Hesla and MTPR on-air staff on Wednesday, April 15 for a live on-air chamber performance from KUFM's Studio B.

Steiner

Pianist Stephen Beus will serve as the guest artist for the Celebrate Piano Series at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 12, in the Music Recital Hall at the University of Montana. The recital is the featured event of his four-day residency for the UM Spring Piano Festival, and his program will feature exciting works by Bach, Liszt and contemporary composers Ronn Yedidia and Arvo Pärt. The Spring Piano Festival is sponsored by the UM Keyboard Society.

Michael Marsolek talks with Anne Basinski, director of The University of Montana's Opera Theater, about the April 2015 production of Mozart's "Idomeneo," sung in Italian.

Charlie Parr, Country Blues Guitar Picker

Apr 2, 2015
PixelPete

In this feature from the March 31 edition of "Get To That," MTPR program host April Hale speaks with guitarist, songwriter and singer Charlie Parr about his beginnings in music, his performance philosophy, and his life as a traveling musician - including cooking food on a car engine manifold.

Join host Marguerite Munsche Sunday evening, March 15, 2015, for our third broadcast from the Missoula Symphony Orchestra and Chorale's  60th season. Darko Butorac is the orchestra's music director and conductor; Dean Peterson directs the chorale.

Willie Nelson Returns To Missoula

Feb 21, 2015
Courtesy of WillieNelson.com

Country music legend and Oscar nominated musician Willie Nelson will return to Missoula this year for a show at Ogren Park Allegiance Field on Wednesday, June 17. 

Nelson will be performing with Alison Krauss and Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas. Nelson last performed in Missoula in 2012 to a sold out audience. 

bobdylan.com

Larry Garde is hosting "Pazz & Jop" tonight, and he's planned an entire program of interpretations of songs written by Bob Dylan. The show promises to remind listeners of older familiar recordings, and to introduce a few new ones that listeners may not have heard before.

Tune in tonight at 8:00 p.m. on your radio or on our website.

Listen to a 40th anniversary celebration and exploration of "Blood on the Tracks," the Bob Dylan album voted his best in a Rolling Stone magazine fan survey. Music writers, musicians, and fans offer comments about Dylan's 1975 release and host Paul Ingles talks with several of the studio musicians who worked with Dylan to re-record half of the album in the last days of 1974 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Tune in on your radio at 8:00 p.m. tonight for the "Blood on the Tracks" celebration, or listen to the extended program right here.

Brook Trout

Lose your mind with us as we trip along the edge of sanity! The Psychedelic Circus features Psychiatric Psychedelica tonight at 10:00 p.m. Listen on your radio or online.

10 Favorite Albums of 2014.

Dec 23, 2014

Every year in music starts off unknown. While some trends seem inevitable, the majority of developments come as complete surprises. Favorite artists re-invent themselves, some disappointingly. And new creative forces take hold and capture our imaginations. I would never have dreamed that this year I would be loving a reggae album (Hollie Cook) or a country album from Nashville (Sturgill Simpson). But, I am so, so grateful that today’s music excites me. And I am already unbelievably excited about what 2015 might bring.

HIGH PLAINS CHRISTMAS

Philip Aaberg performs with the Great Falls Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Choir on Sunday, December 7, 2014, at 3 p.m. in the Mansfield Theater.

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Join host Marguerite Munsche Sunday evening, November 23, 2014, for our second broadcast from the Missoula Symphony Orchestra's 60th season, Darko Butorac, music director and conductor. The program, titled "Red, White and True," was recorded November 9, 2014, in the Dennison Theater at the University of Montana-Missoula.

Program:

This Friday from 7:30 - 10 p.m., Joan Richarde & Dr. Sandoz will present a Halloween Psychedelic Circus featuring music from 1965-1973 to send chills, thrills & shivers down your psychedelic spine.

The music is guaranteed to blow your mind and wig you out...in keeping with the spooky spirit of All Hallows Eve. Grab your carved pumpkin, turn down the lights & bring your funny bone along for the musical ride!

The Helena Symphony continues its 60th season with a concert titled "The Sacred & The Seductive". The concert takes place  Saturday, October 18 at 7:30 p.m. at the Helena Civic Center.

Allan R. Scott, music director of Helena Symphony, and Kile Smith, the Symphony's Composer in Residence  spoke with MTPR Program Director Michael Marsolek about the upcoming show and the theme of "The Sacred & The Seductive."

Join host Marguerite Munsche Sunday evening, October 19, 2014, for a broadcast of the opening concert of the Missoula Symphony Orchestra's 60th season, Darko Butorac, music director and conductor.

As part of Missoula's 2014 Big Read project, two music scholars, Doug Bradley and Hugo Keesing, share their insights with "Folk Show" host John Myers on what American popular and folk music of the 1960s and 1970s can tell us about the Vietnam War.

John Zolteck, Music Director and Conductor for the Glacier Symphony and Chorale, talks with Michael Marsolek about this weekend's concert.

"Electrifying 17-year-old Simone Porter wowed our audience last summer during Festival Amadeus.  Our performance of Paganini's virtuoso concerto promises to be absolutely Spellbinding!"

Saturday, October 11, 2014
7:30 - 9:30 p.m. at Flathead High School Performance Hall

This month on You Must Remember This, 7:30-8:30pm: host Allen Secher is not sitting on his laurels; he's going places. "Let's Get Away From It All," "Kalamazoo," "San Francisco," "Chicago," and "New York, New York" are just the start of this road trip.

You Must Remember This is hosted by Allen Secher and airs the first Monday of each month as a Monday Music Special, 7:30 - 8:30pm.

(Broadcast: "Monday Music Special," 10/6/14)

 

The Missoula Symphony Orchestra returns to the stage for the first concert of its 60th Season with a concert titled, "Music, Love, and Other Drugs."

Featuring Tim Fain, Violin Soloist

October 4 - 7:30 p.m.
October 5 - 3:00 p.m.
Dennison Theatre

Michael Marsolek talks with Helena Symphony Music Director, Allan R. Scott, about the Symphony's 60th anniversary season, which opens Saturday, September 20th, 2014, 7:00 p.m., at the Helena Civic Center.

George Duke, Monday 9/8 at 7:30pm

Sep 8, 2014

Airs Monday, September 8 at 7:30pm

He was often known as a funk artist but he was really much more. 

An original member of the Mothers of Invention, George Duke contributed to music from rock to classical during a career lasting over 40 years. 

He worked with Stanley Clarke, Jean-Luc Ponty, Al Jarreau, Anita Baker, Dianne Reeves and numerous others.  He’s also featured on “Montana,” helping Frank Zappa’s apocryphal dental floss enterprise.

Christopher Allen

When you talk with the artists, guitar instructors, and organizers of the Crown Guitar Festival in  Bigfork, Mont., there’s one subject that comes up again and again: the maturity and skill of the young scholarship students who travel from across the country to learn from the greats.

For five years, the Crown of the Continent Guitar Foundation has held a week-long guitar workshop and concert-series at Flathead Lake Lodge.

Christopher Allen

Lee Ritenour and Friends played at the Flathead Lake Lodge in Bigfork on Wednesday. Two opening acts, 16 year-old Josh Achrion, and the John Beasley Circle, warmed up the nearly sold-out crowd under the big white tent. Guitarists John Oates and Mike Stern joined Ritenour on stage during the encore.

We'll be replaying the Lee Ritenour and Friends show tonight at 7:30 p.m. Tune in on the air or online, and be sure to check out our photos from the show.

William P. Gottlieb. William P. Gottlieb Collection (Library of Congress)

This month on You Must Remember This, 7:30-8:30pm: through songs and interviews with the young Frank Sinatra, host Allen Secher reminds us of the phenomenon of the 1930s and 1940s known as Sinatramania. "Would you believe that in 1940, Frank Sinatra was as big as the Beatles or Elvis in their time, or any rock star you can name today?" Or as the New York Herald Tribune put it: "It is a slightly disturbing spectacle to witness the almost synchronized screams that come from the audience as he closes his eyes, or moves his body slightly sideways."

Crown Guitar Festival Programming On MTPR

Aug 22, 2014

We're excited about the amazing talent coming to the Crown of the Continent Guitar Workshop and Festival in Bigfork. As a media co-sponsor, we'll be playing along all week. Here's a list of some of the things we have planned:

Mon. 8/25, Our "Monday Special" will feature the guitarists performing at this week’s festival, including: Dweezil Zappa, Mike Stern, Ana Popovic, Emily Elbert, Shelby Lynn, Lee Ritenour, David Leisner, and John Oates. Tune in at 7:30 p.m. on air or online.

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