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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.

6/22/14: This week on "Front Row Center:" Michael Marsolek talks with composer Craig Thomas Naylor, director of the inaugural Big Sky Alive Festival.

The Dana Gallery

5/18/14: This week on "Front Row Center:" Michael Marsolek talks with Dudely Dana, co-owner of The Dana Gallery in Missoula, about the gallery's third annual national juried art exhibition, titled "Icons of the West."

5/4/14: This week on "Front Row Center:" Michael Marsolek talks with Fern Glass Boyd, Artistic Director of the String Orchestra of the Rockies, about tonight's S.O.R. concert featuring violin soloist, Adele Anthony. It'll take place Sunday, May 4th, 2014, at 7:30pm in the Music Recital Hall in the School of Music at the University of Montana-Missoula. On the program:

Peter Sculthorpe’s Little Suite for Strings W. 169;

4/27/14: This week on "Front Row Center:" Michael Marsolek talks with Allan R. Scott, Music Director and conductor of the Helena Symphony, about the final concert in the symphony's 59th season. Two works are on the program for Saturday, May 3rd, 7:30pm, at the Helena Civic Center. First, the orchestra, chorale, and vocal soloists Diana McVey and Evan Thomas Jones will perform Ralph Vaughan Williams's cantata, "Dona Nobis Pacem" (1936).

4/20/14: This week on "Front Row Center:" John Floridis talks with Grammy award-winning trumpeter Chris Botti.  The Great Falls Symphony Association presents Chris Botti, backed by Botti's nine-piece jazz ensemble, on Friday, May 2nd, 2014, 7:30pm, at the Mansfield Theater in Great Falls.

3/30/14: This week on "Front Row Center:" Michael Marsolek talks with Nicole Bradley Browning, professor in the University of Montana's School of Theater and Dance, about the 2014 American College Dance Festival Association's Northwest Conference, taking place Wednesday, April 02, 2014 - Saturday, April 05, 2014 at the University of Montana-Missoula.

Kinetoscope: A Screendance Film Festival

Feb 28, 2014

3/2/14: This week on "Front Row Center:" Michael Marsolek talks with Joy French, director of Missoula's Bare Bait Dance, about the premier of Montana's first screendance film festival, Kinetoscope. A relatively new art form, screendance combines the aesthetic and technical elements of both dance and filmmaking.

2/23/14: This week on "Front Row Center:" Michael Marsolek talks with Darko Butorac, music director and conductor of the Missoula Symphony Orchestra, about the film, recital, choral and orchestral events scheduled in "Beethoven Week," February 28th - March 9th.

** Update: due to weather, Lisa Smirnova's Feb. 28th recital has been rescheduled for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, in the Music Recital Hall, University of Montana.**

"Front Row Center," Sunday, February 16th, 2014: Michael Marsolek talks with John Zoltek, Music Director and Conductor of the Glacier Symphony and Chorale, about the GSC's February concerts, featuring guest pianist, Alon Goldstein.

Scott Photography

Sunday, January 26th, 2014: Michael Marsolek talks with Madison Johnson, violist with the Cascade Quartet, and Elizabeth Crawford, bassoonist with the Chinook Winds Quintet, about joint concerts that feature both of the Great Falls Symphony's professional chamber groups.

January 19th, 2014: Michael Marsolek talks with Greg Johnson, Artistic Director of the Montana Repertory Theatre, about the Rep's 2014 national tour of William Gibson's classic play, The Miracle Worker.

Bare Bait Dance's Springboard 2014

Jan 10, 2014

Sunday, January 12th, 2014: Michael Marsolek talks with Joy French, founder and artistic director of Bare Bait Dance of Missoula. Bare Bait presents new dances during Springboard 2014, over two weekends: January 24th-25th at 7pm and January 31st-February 1st at 7pm (with a 2pm matinee on Feb.1st) at The Elks Stage 112, Elks Lodge, 112 North Pattee Street, Missoula.

Julie Cajune's "Belief"

Jan 3, 2014
Brooks Johnson / Missoula Independent

Sunday, January 5th, 2014: Beth Anne Austein talks with teacher, writer and actress, Julie Cajune about her one-woman play, "Belief," which comes to the Dennison Theater at the University of Montana-Missoula campus on Saturday, January 11th, 7pm. The multidimensional performance is a unique mixture of interconnected Salish women’s stories, poetry, and live music.

First Night Flathead

Dec 27, 2013

Sunday, December 29th, 2013: Michael Marsolek talks with Jill Redmond and Luke Dowler of First Night Flathead, which is marking its fifteenth anniversary.  The annual New Year’s Eve community arts festival takes place in downtown Kalispell and at the Kalispell Center Mall, Tuesday, December 31st, 1pm - 12:30am.

Festival schedule

Prehistoric Music of Ireland

Dec 19, 2013
Michael Marsolek

"Front Row Center," December 22nd, 2013:  "3,000 Years of Ancient Ireland’s Music and Instruments" was the title of Simon O’Dwyer and Maria Cullen O’Dwyer's September 2013 lecture-demonstrations in Missoula and Butte.

Headwaters Dance Concerts, Nov.21-23, Missoula

Nov 15, 2013

Sunday, November 17th, 2013: Michael Marsolek talks with Amy Ragsdale, founder and artistic director of Missoula's Headwaters Dance Company, about their annual gala concerts at the MCT Center for the Performing Arts in Missoula, November 21st - 23rd. Featuring seven works by choreographers from New York, Boston and St.

Chris Proctor Plays Montana

Nov 9, 2013

Sunday, November 10th, 2013: Michael Marsolek talks with finger-style guitarist, composer and teacher Chris Proctor about his November 2013 schedule of concerts and school residences in Montana.

Butte- Thursday, November 14, noon- Concert at Montana Tech, Butte, MT, more information here

Sunday, November 3rd, 2013: Michael Marsolek talks with Darko Butorac, Music Director of the Missoula Symphony Orchestra, about the symphony's November 9th and 10th concerts in the Dennison Theater. On the program: 

Sunday, October 27th, 2013: Michael Marsolek talks with "Heat Ray" Ekness, Professor in the School of Journalism at the University of Montana, about Montana Public Radio's October 30th re-enactment of the Mercury Theater's 1938 War of the Worlds radio drama.  Writer Howard Koch and director/narrator Orson Welles adapted the plot of H.G.

Sunday, October 20th, 2013: Michael Marsolek talks with Christopher Hahn, piano professor at the University of Montana's School of Music, about the 2013-2014 Celebrate Piano series, which kicks off October 25th and 26th with the 6th Annual Pianissimo, 7:30pm, Music Recital Hall, School of Music.

Seeley-Swan Concert Series

Oct 11, 2013
Michael Good

Sunday, October 13th, 2013: Michael Marsolek talks with Scott Milner, Director and Program Coordinator for  2 Valleys Stage, the performing arts offshoot of Alpine Artisans, a non-profit arts organization in the Seeley-Swan region.

Sunday, October 6th, 2013: Michael Marsolek talks with Kim Anderson, Associate Director for Programs at Humanities Montana, and Cherie Newman, producer of  MTPR's "The Write Question," about the 14th Annual Humanities Montana Festival of the Book, October 10 - 12, 2013, in downtown Missoula.

Sunday, September 29th, 2013: Michael Marsolek talks with John Zoltek, Music Director of the Flathead Valley's Glacier Symphony & Chorale, about the group's 31st concert season.

Bitterroot Performing Arts Series, 2013-2014

Sep 20, 2013

"Front Row Center," Sunday, September 22nd, 2013: Michael Marsolek talks with Monica Grable, Executive Director of Hamilton's Bitterroot Performing Arts Council, about their upcoming season of music and dance at the Hamilton Performing Arts Center.

Coming up:

The Duhks, Saturday, Sept.28th, 8pm;

Ben Sollee, Saturday, Oct.26th, 8pm;

Prehistoric Music of Ireland

Sep 19, 2013
Michael Marsolek

"3,000 Years of Ancient Ireland’s Music and Instruments" is the title of Simon O’Dwyer and Maria Cullen O’Dwyer's lecture at 8pm on Thursday, September 19th in the Dennison Theater at the University of Montana-Missoula, and on Friday, September 20th at 7:30pm at the Butte-Silver Bow Archives in Butte.

"Front Row Center," Sunday, September 15th, 2013: Michael Marsolek talks with Jesse DeVine, Artistic Director of the Whitefish Theatre Company, about the start of the 2013-2014 WTC season.

Coming up: Liverpool Legends, Sept 20 & 21, 7:30pm at the Whitefish Performing Arts Center; "Noises Off," Oct 10-12 & 18-19 at  7:30pm  and Oct 13 &  20 at 4pm, O'Shaughnessy Center; Runa, October 25 at 7:30pm, O'Shaughnessy Center.

"Front Row Center," Sunday, September 1st, 2013: Michael Marsolek talks with Traolach O'Riordain, Director of the Irish Studies Program at The University of Montana, about the Fall 2013 Irish Music Concert Series hosted by the Friends of Irish Studies of the West.

Michael Marsolek talks with John Zoltek, Music Director of Glacier Symphony and Chorale, about the sixth annual Festival Amadeus, August 4-10 in Whitefish, MT. Eight guest soloists will perform chamber and orchestral music over seven nights with the Festival Amadeus Orchestra, kicking off with the free Open Air Concert in Whitefish's Depot Park, Sunday, August 4th, 7:30-9:30pm.

http://www.gscmusic.org/festival-amadeus

Ten Years of Baroque in Paradise

Jul 20, 2013
Montana Baroque Music Festival, Sanders County Arts Council

Michael Marsolek talks with Adam LaMotte, Artistic Director of the 10th Annual Montana Baroque Music Festival, Tuesday, July 23rd - Thursday, July 25th, 7pm on the lawns of Quinn's Hot Springs Resort in Paradise, MT. http://www.montanabaroquefestival.org

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