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More than forty years after he founded the legendary Kronos Quartet, violinist David Harrington's passion for string music - and his drive for nailing a live performance - is stronger than ever. Harrington recalls the origins of the pioneering quartet's vision and reflects on the diversity of musical styles represented in its huge repertoire of commissioned works.

What band practice looks like when members are spread over 3 cities.
Courtesy Modality

Although they live in three cities (Missoula, Butte, and Blacksburg) in two states (Montana and Virginia), the five members of the band Modality practice every Thursday evening.

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.

When conductor Allan R. Scott first met Claire Huangci, the ten-year-old pianist from Philadelphia was a contestant in a major piano competition, and Scott was president of the competition's jury. Huangci won, and she and Scott performed with six different orchestras all over the U.S.

The band Snarky Puppy has been described as "a truly different kind of musical animal."  Once Texas’s best-kept musical secret, they’ve become a Grammy-winning jazz, funk world, soul and pop combo, collecting fans like Prince and Pat Metheny along the way. Their most recent recording, a collaboration with Metropol Orkest, a Dutch orchestra, has topped Billboard charts in several categories.

Host John Floridis gets reacquainted with singer-songwriter (and past “Musicians’ Spotlight” guest) Patty Griffin. They discuss the making of her recent recording, "Servant of Love," as well as what it means to be a middle-aged artist.

The Missoula jazz fusion quartet The Captain Wilson Conspiracy make their first (and possibly last) appearance on "Musicians’ Spotlight." Steve Kalling, Keaton Wilson, and Ed Stalling talk with John Floridis about the challenge of keeping a collaborative music project vibrant and current while its members maintain their "day" jobs - or graduate from Ph.D. programs and get jobs elsewhere.

John Floridis caught up with guitarist-composer-bandleader Dweezil Zappa during Dweezil’s stint at the 2015 Crown of the Continent Guitar Festival in Bigfork, MT. As the "Zappa plays Zappa" tour (a tribute to Dweezil’s late father, Frank Zappa) continues, he's released the first album of his own work in over a decade, "Via Zamatta'."

Join host Marguerite Munsche Sunday evening, November 22, 2015, for our second broadcast from the Missoula Symphony Orchestra and Chorale's 61st season. Darko Butorac is the orchestra's music director and conductor.

This week on "Musician's Spotlight:" “Wild Child doesn’t want a place to hide. Song after song, town after town, they’ll wear their hearts on their sleeves, addicted to the rush that only comes when thousands of strangers know all their secrets and sing them back, because they’re the audience's secrets, too.”  

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