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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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Montana Book Festival
Montana Book Festival

Karla Theilen the director of the Montana Book Festival preview's the upcoming festival in Missoula. Theilen says the festival has, "kept true to some of the traditions ... in celebrating Montana's celebrated literary figures, and ... moved to another level and introduced a little bit more diverse programming, not just in the types of authors, but also in the types of events we're putting on."

Listen in to learn more about the festival's 2017 offerings from Karla Theilen and "The Write Question" host Sarah Aronson.

Jerry Douglas and Brent Mason at the Crown of the Continent Guitar Festival
Michael Marsolek

Grammy award winning musician Jerry Douglas joins us from the Crown of the Continent Guitar Festival and Workshop to talk with MTPR's Michael Marsolek.

"I'm having a wonderful time here in the Flathead," Douglas says. "I've been hanging out with Mike Stern, and Sonny Landreth is my next door neighbor. Albert Lee is here, and David Lindley, you know, everybody. It's such a wonderful place to hang out. As a guitar player, there couldn't be a better place to be on earth right now."

Hear more from Jerry Douglas in this interview from the Crown Guitar Festival.

I-90 Collective. Carrie Krause, Paul Dwyer, John Lenti, Adriane Post.
Courtesy I-90 Collective

Carrie Krause and John Lenti are part of the I-90 Collective quartet.  They'll play St. Timothy's Summer Music Festival August 20 at 4 p.m. Krause and Lenti joined MTPR's Michael Marsolek to preview their upcoming performance, and talk about what drew them to baroque music.

Listen in for baroque lute and violin music live from Studio B at Montana Public Radio.

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Singer Brice Todd and pianist Jodi Marshall join MTPR's Michael Marsolek for a live studio session ahead of Todd's August 6 performance at St. Timothy's Summer Music Festival.

Listen in to hear Todd sing selections from Puccini, and Tosti, live from Studio B at Montana Public Radio.

Tom Bensen of Arts Missoula joins MTPR's Michael Marsolek with a report on the economic impact of non-profit arts organizations in Missoula County — a whopping $54 million according to a new report from Americans for the Arts.

"These are numbers that validate what people already know," Bensen says, "that the arts and culture organizations and people contribute a lot to our economy."

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