MTPR Music

Information from MTPR music program producers and hosts.

Video: Brahms From Studio B

Oct 1, 2015
Faculty members from the University of Montana and Idaho State University music departments performed songs and waltzes by Johannes Brahms live on Montana Public Radio
Josh Burnham

Faculty members from the University of Montana and Idaho State University music departments performed songs and waltzes by Johannes Brahms live on Montana Public Radio Monday. You can listen to the entire performance here and see video clips of the group's performance of "Neue Liebeslieder", and "Hungarian Dance", numbers 12 and 8.

Jazz pianist Benny Green
John Dugan (CC-BY-2)

Benny Green has been playing jazz piano for decades, and has recorded with everyone from Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers to the Ray Brown trio, as well as being part of George Wein's Jazz Futures band in the early 90s.

Cellist Matt Haimovitz with MTPR Program Director Michael Marsolek
Josh Burnham

Cellist Matt Haimovitz joined us today to talk about his upcoming performance, "Sweet" Italienne with the String Orchestra of the Rockies. That show is on Sunday, Sep. 20, 7:30 p.m. at the Music Recital Hall on the University of Montana campus. Tickets are still available.

Montana Public Radio's Clare Menahan spoke with singer/songwriter Gregory Alan Isakov before his show in Bozeman earlier this month.

Robert Nighthawk playing on Chicago's Maxwell St in April, 1983.
Sam Manno (All Rights Reserved)

Americana can mean a lot of different things. To Sam Manno, it brings to mind Robert Nighthawk, who Sam happened upon on Maxwell Street in Chicago one cold April morning in 1983. Sam took these pictures while working on a documentary project about Maxwell Street. He'll play some Robert Nighthawk on tonight's "Get To That", 10:00 p.m. on your radio or online.

The Crown of the Continent Guitar Festival brings guitar greats to the shores of Flathead Lake every year to network, teach, and play together. MTPR's Michael Marsolek talks guitar with the L.A. Guitar Quartet, Lee Ritenour, and more.

Jon Herington on stage at the Crown Guitar Festival. Tune in Sept. 4 at 8:00 p.m. to hear a replay of this concert.
Michael Marsolek

Steely Dan's Jon Herington and the sultry songstress Madeleine Peyroux shared the stage for an incredible show Monday night at the Crown of the Continent Guitar Festival. Tune in to MTPR at 8:00 p.m. Friday, September 4 for a replay of the entire concert.

Solomon Hicks is an accomplished young musician, and a student and performer at the Crown of the Continent Guitar Festival at Flathead Lake Lodge in Bigfork.
Micheal Marsolek

Musical prodigy Solomon Hicks describes himself as a blues musician with a jazz mind. He's back in Bigfork for the Crown of the Continent Guitar Festival going on this week. He talks with Michael Marsolek about his dual role as Crown guitar fest student and performer.

Lots of magazines do big lists, but few rely on them as heavily as Rolling Stone does. The magazine cranks out a list for just about every aspect of popular music. All promise authoritative, canonical overviews of various elements of the art; at their best, these offer context and critical insight, helping readers fill gaps in their knowledge.

St. Timothy's Chapel finishes the 2015 Summer Music Festival with a polyrhythmic bang.  Drum Brothers, the Montana-based percussion ensemble, translates their decades-long  immersion in West African and Hindustani rhythms and melodies into high-energy performances.

John Myers Week On MTPR

Aug 8, 2015

We're celebrating the life of our friend and MTPR host John Myers the way radio people do best -- through music. Join us this week as we pay tribute to John with some of our favorite on-air moments and the musical collections he put together during his nearly 30 year career. Here's some of what we have planned, listen on your radio or online:

Spencer Meyer playing live at MTPR, August 5, 2015
Josh Burnham

Spencer Myer plays Schumann's "Romance in f# Major" at Montana Public Radio.

Spencer is in Montana for Festival Amadeus, going on through August 9 at venues in the Whitefish and Bigfork.

Trumpeter Jim Rotondi has been a major figure in the world of jazz for over 20 years, both in New York and on the international scene.

Join us this week on "What I Like About Jazz" for a return visit with Butte native Jim Rotondi. Jim is a world class musician and educator, with nearly a hundred albums to his credit, appearances in clubs all over the world, and past associations include Ray Charles, Charles Earland, Harold Mabern, and Cecil Payne, among many others.

Festival Amadeus: A Week of Mozart and Beyond
Courtesy Festival Amadeus

Festival Amadeus, presented by Glacier Symphony and Chorale, takes place from August 3 - 9, at venues around the Flathead Valley. The festival features chamber and orchestra concerts with acclaimed guest soloists and the Festival Amadeus orchestra. See the full Festival Amadeus schedule here.

Jamey Guy

On July 24, Monroe Crossing, the bluegrass quintet based in Minnesota, unpacked their instruments in KUFM's Studio B, grouped around a single microphone, and recorded a short set, chatting between songs with "What I Like About Jazz" host John Arvish about gigs - including the collaborative bluegrass mass that won the group several performances at Carnegie Hall.

Playing the music of Bach and his sons at the Montana Baroque Festival in Paradise, MT
Linda Talbott

It was an amazing performance Wednesday night at the Montana Baroque Festival in the fabulous new music pavilion at Quinn’s Hot Springs.

Dolce Canto, Missoula's premier vocal ensemble, presents "The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass", in collaboration with Monroe Crossing. The performance "weaves together the traditions of the Catholic liturgy and classical choral singing with contemporary poetry and traditional bluegrass instrumentation."

Lee Konitz has been playing and recording since the late 1940s, and at age 87, is still going strong. Lee got his start in recordings of Lennie Tristano and Miles Davis in the late 1940s, and has played with many of the all-time greats, from Charlie Parker to Bill Evans, and modern players including the group Minsara, pianist Brad Mehldau and many more.

Konitz was just voted into the Downbeat Hall of Fame, and is a 2009 NEA Jazz Master. Tune in to "What I Like About Jazz" on MTPR for a tribute to the music of Lee Konitz. Wednesday July 22 at 8:00 p.m. on your radio or live online.

Is there a prettier or more unique stage then the Original?
Michael Marsolek

Neither rain nor hail could dampen the fun at this year's Montana Folk Festival in Butte. There was an amazing lineup of performers, and they delivered. Check out these photos and videos from the 2015 festival.

Tickets are on sale now for the 12th annual summer Montana Baroque Music Festival. Head down to the Quinn's Hot Springs Resort this July 21-23 to hear music from this quintessential era. This year's festival will feature works from Bach's sons, Wilhelm Friedman Bach and Johann Christian Bach whose compositions diverted dramatically from that of their father.

It seems fitting that every year, the second weekend of July transforms the "Richest Hill on Earth" into a collection of gems - not precious metals or glittering stones, but vibrant music, art, dance, and craftwork.

Lee Ritenour on stage during the 2014 Crown Guitar Festival.
Christopher Allen

Summer is prime-time for music festivals, and there are plenty to choose from in Montana. These 10 Montana music festivals will keep you singing and tapping your feet all summer.

Met Opera And Public Radio Host Margaret Juntwait Dies

Jun 4, 2015

Margaret Juntwait was the mellifluous voice of the Metropolitan Opera's Saturday live radio broadcasts. She was also a longtime host at NPR member station WNYC in New York. Juntwait died Wednesday at age 58 of complications from ovarian cancer. The Met and WNYC have each offered tributes.

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.


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.