Michael Marsolek

Program Director

Michael Marsolek is the program director of Montana Public Radio. He also hosts Tuesday Freeforms and Thursday Morning Classics. 

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Michael Marsolek talks with cellist Amit Peled, who performs a benefit recital with pianist Christopher Hahn for the Glacier Symphony and Chorale on Thursday, June 30, 7:30 p.m. at the O’Shaughnessy Center in Whitefish. Peled pays tribute to Pablo Casals ("the grandfather of all cellists," Peled calls him), performing on the 1733 Goffriller cello owned and played by Casals himself for 60 years.

The 2016 St. Timothy's Summer Music Festival opens June 26.
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Connie Fitzpatrick from the St. Timothy's Summer Music Festival talks with MTPR's Michael Marsolek about the festival's upcoming season. Each year the festival features a variety of classical, jazz, vocal, and instrumental performers, in a breathtaking setting.

Philip Aaberg kicks off the 2016 St. Timothy's Summer Music Festival, June 26.
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Celebrated Montana musician Philip Aaberg talks about his new project "Heart of the Great Divide," a commemorative musical piece about the 1917 Speculator Mine fire in Butte, MT. Aaber also opens the 2016 St. Timothy's Summer Music Festival on June 26, and gives a preview of that show.

First Edition Shakespeare Plays On Tour In Missoula
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Barbara Koostra, director of the Montana Museum of Art and Culture, and Julie Biando Edwards, associate professor at the Mansfield Library, talk with MTPR's Michael Marsolek about an important piece of Shakespeare history coming to Missoula.

HIP Music Played On Baroque Instruments
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Michael Marsolek talks with Kerry Krebill, Artistic Director of Musikanten Montana, about the group's Montana shows featuring "historically informed performances" (HIP) of Bach's Mass in B minor.

Allan R. Scott of Helena Symphony will be the guest host for Morning Classics on Thursday, March 10. He's planned a fantastic program, with selections from Bach, Britten, and Barber, and a couple of choral works thrown in for good measure.

Tune in Thursday, March 10, from 9:00 - 11 a.m. on your radio or online to enjoy the show.

Michael Marsolek talks with cellist Fern Glass Boyd and violinist Carrie Krause about the February 21, 2016 performance of the String Orchestra of the Rockies, 7:30 p.m. at the Music Recital Hall in the School of Music at the University of Montana-Missoula.

Documentary filmmaking and Montana are getting along like a house on fire. Every February, Missoula's Big Sky Documentary Film Festival draws a growing audience to more and more non-fiction films that have been submitted by filmmakers from around the globe, furthering the Big Sky Film Institute's mission to encourage media literacy by fostering public understanding and appreciation of documentary film.

Michael Marsolek talks with Anne Basinski, Director of The University of Montana's Opera Theater, about the collaborative production of Gilbert and Sullivan's "The Gondoliers." Produced at the MCT Center For the Performing Arts and featuring the UM Symphony Orchestra, the cast of this production of "pure melodious goofiness" (and some contemporary satire) includes Roxann Jackson as the Dutchess, Royce Mcintosh as Giuseppe, and Taylor Caprara as Casilda.

When conductor Allan R. Scott first met Claire Huangci, the ten-year-old pianist from Philadelphia was a contestant in a major piano competition, and Scott was president of the competition's jury. Huangci won, and she and Scott performed with six different orchestras all over the U.S.

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