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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While visiting Montana’s House of Mystery in Columbia Falls, Wednesday Free Forms host Gus Chambers inexplicably vanished. Local authorities could give no reason for the curious phenomenon.

Radiolab's Jad Abumrad will be in Missoula Oct. 23 with his show about "Gut Churn."
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In advance of his show Sunday in Missoula, Jad Abumrad of Radiolab talks with MTPR's Michael Marsolek about "Gut Churn."

"This was a feeling that I, in the 14 years of making Radiolab, I just grappled with every single day," says Abumrad.

Guy Raz, TED Conference

Guy Raz, host and editorial director of TED Radio Hour, says we view our world through a series of prisms. If we re-frame our perspectives, we can recognize the possibilities. TED Radio Hour is the fastest growing program in radio history. It explores what it means to be human and new ways of thinking. Raz is also the host and creator of a new podcast, How I Built This, which looks at the a-ha moments and tipping points behind some of the most iconic businesses and brands .

Cuban choir Cantores de Cienfuegos sings during a live performance on Montana Public Radio Wednesday, July 13, 2016.
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Did you enjoy  the Cantores de Cienfuegos Cuban choir at Missoula's 2016 International Choral Festival this summer? Want to hear more from them? Yvonne Gritzner helped bring the choir to Montana, and she has the details on a "Cuban Encore" benefit to help fund the travel costs for bringing this extraordinary group to Montana.

The Missoula Symphony Presents "Fast Machine" Sep. 24 & 25.
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While John Adams' digital sound may seem an odd fit with Mendelssohn's romantic style, the Missoula Symphony finds connections in the contrast. The opening concert of the symphony's 62nd season, entited, "Fast Machine," juxtaposes "machine, motion and rhythm" with "fluidity and majesty," and features guest violinist Jennifer Frautschi peforming Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No.1. 

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Stand-up comedian Gallagher has smashed about 20,000 watermelons during his career, and he's not likely to stop anytime soon. Gallagher is coming to the West with BIRTHDAY BASH! Gallagher The Joke's On You Comedy Tour With Special Guest Artie Fletcher.

Left to right: MTPR Program Director Michael Marsolek, UM Professor of Piano Christopher Hahn, Helena Symphony Concertmaster Stephen Cepeda, and Helena Symphony Conductor Allan R. Scott.
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Helena Symphony Concertmaster Stephen Cepeda and Conductor Allan R. Scott preview the symphony's 2016 season, and Cepeda and Christopher Hahn play some excerpts from Erich Korngold's lushly romantic 1945 violin concerto, live from Studio B at Montana Public Radio.

The 62nd season of the Helena Symphony begins with music from Korngold and Rachmaninoff, two composers whose music "drip[s] with silver and chocolate sauce." "A Symphony Spooktacular" sets a haunting backdrop to the season while "¡Flamenco!" brings some Spanish culture to Montana.  Allan R. Scott, music director and conductor for the Helena Symphony, shares upcoming highlights.

Bitterroot Performing Arts Series
Bitterroot Performing Arts

Laurie Ruffner, the new executive director of the Bitterroot Performing Arts Council, shares some highlights from The Hamilton Performing Arts Center's upcoming season, including performances by Reduced Shakespeare and acclaimed singer/songwriter Darrell Scott.

Fern Glass Boyd, artistic director of the String Orchestra of the Rockies talks about the group's upcoming concert at St. Timothy's Summer Music Festival, and the four concerts of the ensemble's 32 season, starting in September.