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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 Meyer 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.
Courtesy jimrotondi.com

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.

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.

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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