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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.

A scene from the 2014 Montana Baroque Music Festival.
Courtesy Montana Baroque Music Festival

The Montana Baroque Music Festival begins July 21. Enjoy three baroque concerts in a beautiful setting, just steps from the Clark Fork River in Paradise, Montana. Artistic Director Adam Lamotte joins MTPR's Michael Marsolek to talk about the exceptional musicians and exciting performances at this year's festival.

The 2016 St. Timothy's Summer Music Festival opens June 26.
Courtesy photo

Michael Reynolds, of the Muir String Quartet, talks about their annual performance with others from the Montana Chamber Music Society, at the St. Timothy's Summer Music Festival.

Muir quartet will play at St. Timothy's Chapel above Georgetown Lake, Sunday, July 12th at 4:00 p.m. Reynolds spoke with Michael Marsolek about the festival and their upcoming show.

Montana Folk Festival
Courtesy photo

George Everett, executive director of the Montana Folk Festival joins Michael Marsolek to preview the 2015 festival. The festival runs from July 10-12 in Butte, Montana.

The Montana Folk Festival features multiple stages with continuous live performances by some of the best traditional performers in the nation, including Montana's finest, some of the region's best traditional artists, ethnic and festival foods, a lively family area, and folklife demonstrations and workshops that focus on a new theme each year that highlights Montana's heritage.

Luca Rodoni, a 17-year-old trumpeter from Bozeman, MT will be kicking off the St. Timothy's Summer Music Festival on June, 28 along with performers Craig Hall and Bob Nell. Luca spoke with Michael Marsolek about his musical background and his upcoming show.

Michael Marsolek talks with Dean Peterson, Director of the Missoula Mendelssohn Club, and John Patterson, a tenor with the group for the past 31 years. Sunday, March 15 marks the group's seventieth annual spring concert, at 7:00 p.m.

"Death and the Maiden" is the title of the February 22, 2015 performance by the String Orchestra of the Rockies. Featured violinist Maria Larionoff and double bassist Barry Lieberman founded the American String Project, a fifteen-member conductorless string orchestra that bears some resemblance to Montana's SOR.

Program:

Michael Marsolek talks with pianist Margery McDuffie Whatley and University of Montana piano professors Steven Hesla and Christopher Hahn about Whatley's January 25 performance in the School of Music's "Celebrate Piano" series.  Whatley's program includes Beethoven's Tempest Sonata, and "all sorts of piano bonbons" -  short works by Chopin, Saint-Saens, Mendelssohn, Debussy, and Liszt.

Michael Marsolek talks with Greg Johnson, artistic director of the Montana Repertory Theatre, and actor Mark Kuntz, about the Rep's touring production of F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby," adapted for stage by Simon Levy.

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