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5:00 am
Sun September 28, 2014

7th Annual "Pianissimo:" Celebrating Piano At The University of Montana

Michael Marsolek talks with Professor Christopher Hahn of the University of Montana's School of Music about the School's 2014-2015 Celebrate Piano Series.

The 7th annual Pianissimo! Concerts, the  signature events of the series, take place Friday and Saturday, October 10-11, 2014, 7:30 p.m., in the School of Music's Music Recital Hall.

(Broadcast: 9/28/14, Sunday morning at 11:10. Or via podcast.)

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Front Row Center
5:00 am
Sun September 14, 2014

String Orchestra of the Rockies Cello-brates With Amit Peled

Michael Marsolek talks with Fern Glass Boyd, artistic director of the String Orchestra of the Rockies, about the concerts opening the S.O.R.'s 30th season. Sept. 21st and 22nd, the String Orchestra's performances in Missoula and Seeley Lake feature frequent guest soloist and collaborator, cellist Amit Peled. This concert marks Peled's fifth performance with the S.O.R.

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Front Row Center
5:00 am
Sun September 7, 2014

"Broomstick" Flies Into Missoula

Michael Marsolek talks with Greg Johnson, Artistic Director of the Montana Repertory Theatre, about the Rep's production of Broomstick, a one-woman play by John Biguenet, starring Salina Chatlain. The Montana premier of Broomstick is one of four national productions of the play sponsored by the National New Play Network, an alliance of non-profit theaters championing new plays. Here's how the NNPN describes it:

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Front Row Center
5:00 am
Sun August 31, 2014

Bare Bait Dance Presents "Settle"

Michael Marsolek talks with Joy French, Director of Missoula's Bare Bait Dance, and choreographer Rachel Oliver, whose new multi-media, multi-generational dance piece, "Settle," opens Bare Bait's fourth season.

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Solomon Hicks: Guitar Prodigy
12:01 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Sixteen Years Old And A Veteran Of The Cotton Club

Guitarist Solomon Hicks began playing at New York City's famed Cotton Club when he was only 13 years old.

At 16 years-old, Solomon Hicks is already a veteran of Harlem's famed Cotton Club. Since age 13, this musical prodigy has been the lead guitarist with the "Cotton Club All Stars."

Solomon excels in Jazz, Blues, Classical, Gospel, R&B, Funk and classic Rock. In the 10 years he's been playing music, Solomon has put together an impressive resume.

In our Clip of the Week, Solomon Hicks explains how hard work and practice helped him win over skeptics who didn't think a youngster like him could hang with more experienced musicians.

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Montana Summer Classical Music Festival
5:00 am
Sat August 2, 2014

Festival Amadeus

Michael Marsolek talks with John Zoltek, director of the Glacier Symphony and Chorale's Festival Amadeus, August 3rd - 10th in Whitefish and Bigfork.  The 2014 guest artist lineup includes the Fry Street Quartet, violinist Kinga Augustyn, pianist

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Front Row Center
5:00 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Monica Huggett Opens 11th Annual Montana Baroque Music Festival

Tuesday, July 29th, 7pm, Quinn's Hot Springs: The Montana Baroque Music Festival opens with featured soloist, violinist Monica Huggett.

Michael Marsolek talks with Monica Huggett, co-founder of the Montana Baroque Music Festival. The 2014 festival takes place Tuesday, July 29th - Thursday, July 31st at Quinn's Hot Springs Resort in Paradise, MT, with concerts starting at 7pm.

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Montana Summer Music Events
5:00 am
Sun July 13, 2014

Helena's Symphony Under The Stars Features The Music of Disney

Michael Marsolek talks with Allan R. Scott, Music Director of the Helena Symphony, about the 11th Annual Symphony Under the Stars concert and fireworks show, Saturday, July 19th, 8:30pm, on Carroll College's Guadalupe Lawn. Admission is free.

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Front Row Center
5:00 am
Sun July 6, 2014

2014 Montana Folk Festival, July 11-13, Uptown Butte

The Original Stage, Montana Folk Festival, Uptown Butte, July 11 - 13, 2014. Admission to all events is free. (CC-BY-NC)
Credit Joshua Pate-Terry, Montana Folk Festival

7/6/14: This week on Front Row Center: Michael Marsolek talks with George Everett, Executive Director of Mainstreet Uptown Butte, the presenting organization of the 2014 Montana Folk Festival, which takes place in Uptown Butte, Friday, July 11th - Sunday, July 13th.  As always, admission is free to all events during the three days of the festival.

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Front Row Center
5:00 am
Sat June 28, 2014

Heavenly Harps at St. Timothy's Chapel

Karin Gunderson of Heavenly Harps
Credit Heavenly Harps

6/29/14: This week on "Front Row Center:" Michael Marsolek talks with Karin Gunderson, one-half of the mother-daughter duo, Heavenly Harps. Karin and Joy Gunderson and friends open the 2014 St. Timothy's Summer Music Festival, held during five Sundays in June, July and August at St. Timothy's Memorial Chapel in Southern Cross, east of Georgetown Lake. All concerts begin at 4:00pm. (888) 407-4071 for information and tickets.

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