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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.

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."

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.

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:

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.

Monroe Crossing warming up before an interview at Montana Public Radio
Josh Burnham

This week Monroe Crossing will play three performances of "The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass" in collaboration with Dolce Canto, Missoula's premier vocal ensemble. They stopped by MTPR to play a few songs and talk about their upcoming shows.

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