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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David Feffer, Crown of the Continent Guitar Foundation Chairman and Founding Director joins Michael Marsolek to preview the sixth annual Crown Guitar festival. This year's festival runs from August 30 to September 6 at the Flathead Lake Lodge in Bigfork, Montana.

Chris Hahn and Karen Beres are the CanAm Piano Duo
Josh Burnham

The CanAm Piano Duo have been presenting innovative programs of duet and two-piano repertoire since 2002. They stopped by MTPR to give us a taste of their varied repertoire and talk about their upcoming performance at the St. Timothy's Summer Music Festival.

A scene from the 2014 Montana Baroque Music Festival.
Courtesy Montana Baroque Music Festival

The Montana Baroque Music Festival begins July 21. Enjoy three baroque concerts in a beautiful setting, just steps from the Clark Fork River in Paradise, Montana. Artistic Director Adam Lamotte joins MTPR's Michael Marsolek to talk about the exceptional musicians and exciting performances at this year's festival.

St. Timothy's Summer Music Festival
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Michael Reynolds, of the Muir String Quartet, talks about their annual performance with others from the Montana Chamber Music Society, at the St. Timothy's Summer Music Festival.

Muir quartet will play at St. Timothy's Chapel above Georgetown Lake, Sunday, July 12th at 4:00 p.m. Reynolds spoke with Michael Marsolek about the festival and their upcoming show.

Montana Folk Festival
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George Everett, executive director of the Montana Folk Festival joins Michael Marsolek to preview the 2015 festival. The festival runs from July 10-12 in Butte, Montana.

The Montana Folk Festival features multiple stages with continuous live performances by some of the best traditional performers in the nation, including Montana's finest, some of the region's best traditional artists, ethnic and festival foods, a lively family area, and folklife demonstrations and workshops that focus on a new theme each year that highlights Montana's heritage.

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

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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.

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."

3/30/14: This week on "Front Row Center:" Michael Marsolek talks with Nicole Bradley Browning, professor in the University of Montana's School of Theater and Dance, about the 2014 American College Dance Festival Association's Northwest Conference, taking place Wednesday, April 02, 2014 - Saturday, April 05, 2014 at the University of Montana-Missoula.

  The String Orchestra of the Rockies is raising the curtain on its 29th season! It is the only professional ensemble of its kind in Montana and draws upon the talents of the finest string players in the Big Sky Country.

Guest Artist, Cellist Joshua Roman 

   from Seattle, joins SOR

Sunday, September 15, 2013—7:30 p.m.

The Music Recital Hall on the University of Montana campus

The 59th Season opens with Governor Steve Bullock narrating the powerful words by and about President Lincoln in Copland’s Lincoln Portrait. This spirit of Americana is coupled with maverick Charles Ives’ Symphony No. 2, complete with gospel tunes, American songs, and barn-dancing fiddles. The season opener culminates with Beethoven’s revolutionary testament in THE groundbreaking and mighty Eroica Symphony. The evening concludes with a dessert reception in the Helena Civic Center Ballroom.