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 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.

The Vienna International Ballet and Contemporary Dance Competition comes to Missoula, January 12-16, 2016 - but according to Charlene Campbell Carey, Artistic Director of Missoula's Rocky Mountain Ballet Theatre, the moniker for the event is "VIBE," or The Vienna International Ballet Experience. That's because the dance challenge is part of a broader, multidisciplinary series of community events, nearly all of them free, all asking the question, "What is the role of the arts in communication, health, and diplomacy?"

Michael Marsolek talks with Fern Glass Boyd, cellist and Artistic Director of the String Orchestra of the Rockies, and mezzo-soprano Kimberly James about the November 22, 2015 SOR performance titled "Dido - Queen of Carthage."

Philip Aaberg stopped by Montana Public Radio to talk about his upcoming performances.
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Grammy & Emmy award winning Montana composer Philip Aaberg stopped by Montana Public Radio studios today to talk about his musical career, his upcoming performances, and of course, to play the piano. Listen in, and mark your calendar for these upcoming shows.

Michael Marsolek talks with Arlynn Fishbaugh, Executive Director of the Montana Arts Council, about the Montana Artrepreneur Program's upcoming Artists' Showcase and SaleFriday, November 13, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday, November 14, from noon to 6 p.m., at Helena's Red Lion Colonial Inn.  (406) 444-4700 or online.

Dr. Luis Millán, Director of the Butte Symphony Orchestra
Courtesy University of Montana Music Department

Dr. Luis Millán, director of the Butte Symphony Orchestra joins MTPR's Michael Marsolek to preview the symphony's upcoming season. Their season kicks off Saturday, October 10 with Rachmaninoff's Second Piano Concerto at the Motherlode Theater in Butte.

You might be surprised to see the list of the artists scheduled to appear in Hamilton during the 2015-2016 Bitterroot Performing Arts Series. Monica Grable, executive director of the Bitterroot Performing Arts Council joins Michael Marsolek to talk about the exciting performances coming up.

The Montana Film Festival runs from Oct. 1 - 4 at the Roxy Theater in Missoula.
Courtesy Montana Film Festival

Mike Steinberg, executive director the the Roxy Theater joins Michael Marsolek to preview the upcoming Montana Film Festival in Missoula. The festival, in its first year, runs October 1 - 4 at the Roxy Theater, and it has a Montana focus:

The Crown of the Continent Guitar Festival brings guitar greats to the shores of Flathead Lake every year to network, teach, and play together. MTPR's Michael Marsolek talks guitar with the L.A. Guitar Quartet, Lee Ritenour, and more.

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