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15th Annual Montana Festival Of The Book

Oct 1, 2014

Kim Anderson, Associate Director of Humanities Montana, talks with Michael Marsolek about the Humanities Montana Festival of the Book. This is the 15th anniversary of one of the biggest cultural happenings in the Northwest.

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.)

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.

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:

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.

Michael Marsolek talks with Helene and Lucien Werner about the quartet's performance at St. Timothy's Summer Music Festival, August 24.

Sixteen Years Old And A Veteran Of The Cotton Club

Aug 21, 2014

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.

Festival Amadeus

Aug 2, 2014

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Celebrate Piano Series

Sunday, February 9, 3:00 p.m.

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.

Michael Marsolek talks with Fern Glass Boyd, Artistic Director and one of the founding members of  the String Orchestra of the Rockies, about SOR's upcoming concert, which will feature solstice and holiday music from around the world.

Visit the String Orchestra of the Rockies Web site to find out about tickets and concert information.

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.

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