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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.

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?"

The Myrna Loy Center presents Helena Theatre Company’s production of Gruesome Playground Injuries, by Pulitzer finalist Rajiv Joseph. A truly different kind of love story that spans three decades, during which an accident prone daredevil and a corrosive masochist navigate friendship, love, and the squishy parts in between.

Information and tickets are available at MyrnaLoyCenter.com.

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.

Gordon Tarpley

The University of Montana School of Music "Celebrate Piano Series" presents the 8th Annual Pianissimo! concerts, October 16 and 17, 7:30 p.m., at the Music Recital Hall.

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:

String Orchestra of the Rockies kicks of their 31st season with a concert titled "Sweet" Italianne, featuring cellist Matt Haimovitz. The performance will take place Sunday, September 20, at 7:30 p.m. in the Music Recital Hall on the University of Montana Campus.

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.

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