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Music, artist interviews, and upcoming performances around western Montana.

As part of the Juilliard-trained, multiple award-winning Ahn Trio (with her sisters Lucia, pianist and Maria, cellist), violinist Angella Ahn has been at the forefront of artists keeping the piano trio repertoire alive and thriving. The Ahn Trio is known for its performances of new classical pieces and genre-crossing collaborations with Mark O'Connor, Michael Nyman, Pat Metheny, and Bryan Adams.

Cuban choir Cantores de Cienfuegos sings during a live performance on Montana Public Radio Wednesday, July 13, 2016.
Josh Burnham

Did you enjoy  the Cantores de Cienfuegos Cuban choir at Missoula's 2016 International Choral Festival this summer? Want to hear more from them? Yvonne Gritzner helped bring the choir to Montana, and she has the details on a "Cuban Encore" benefit to help fund the travel costs for bringing this extraordinary group to Montana.

The Missoula Symphony Presents "Fast Machine" Sep. 24 & 25.
Courtesy Missoula Symphony

While John Adams' digital sound may seem an odd fit with Mendelssohn's romantic style, the Missoula Symphony finds connections in the contrast. The opening concert of the symphony's 62nd season, entited, "Fast Machine," juxtaposes "machine, motion and rhythm" with "fluidity and majesty," and features guest violinist Jennifer Frautschi peforming Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No.1. 

Left to right: MTPR Program Director Michael Marsolek, UM Professor of Piano Christopher Hahn, Helena Symphony Concertmaster Stephen Cepeda, and Helena Symphony Conductor Allan R. Scott.
Josh Burnham

Helena Symphony Concertmaster Stephen Cepeda and Conductor Allan R. Scott preview the symphony's 2016 season, and Cepeda and Christopher Hahn play some excerpts from Erich Korngold's lushly romantic 1945 violin concerto, live from Studio B at Montana Public Radio.

Host John Arvish continues to explore the six-decades-long career of engineer Rudy Van Gelder Wednesday on "What I Like About Jazz," starting at 8:00 p.m.

After moving into his own studio at Englewood Cliffs, NJ, Van Gelder continued his long relationship with Blue Note Records, as the primary engineer on most of their hundreds of sessions between 1953 and 1967.

He also developed a relationship with the newly-formed Impulse Records. Among his many sessions there, Van Gelder recorded nearly all of John Coltrane's records up until his death. He also did pivotal sessions with J.J. Johnson, Yusef Lateef, McCoy Tyner and numerous others.

Watch: Rabbit Wilde Live From Studio-B

Sep 12, 2016
Rabbit Wilde live from Studio-B at Montana Public Radio, September 9, 2016.
Josh Burnham

Rabbit Wilde was at Montana Public Radio Friday for a foot-tapping, head-nodding live session featuring their signature brand of folk rock from the Pacific Northwest. Try not to howl along as they play their song, "Howl".

Andrew Bird with violin, 2009. Credit Dani Cantó (CC-BY-SA-2)
Dani Cantó (CC-BY-SA-2)

Multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Andrew Bird spoke with MTPR's Clare Menahan before his show in Missoula earlier this month. Hailing from Lake Forest, Illinois, Bird is a classically trained violinist who also  incorporates guitar, glockenspiel — and whistling — into his music.

From humble beginnings in Moscow, ID, acclaimed singer-songwriter Josh Ritter recorded and released his self-titled debut in 1999 after graduating from Oberlin College with a self-created “American History Through Narrative Folk Music” major. His albums have been praised for their beautifully spare songwriting, textured imagery and simple lyrics.

John Floridis talks with Ingrid Korvits, the director of Estonia's acclaimed Ellerhein Girls’ Choir. Estonian choral music is a reflection of the country’s centuries-old singing tradition, one that sustained Estonians through the brutality of WWII and the fifty-year Soviet occupation. Even though Estonia overflows with choral music, the Ellerhein choir stands out; they’ve won competitions around the world and have made numerous major-label recordings.

 Julian Lage and Chris Eldridge performed for nearly two hours for the crowd at the 7th Annual Crown of the Continent Guitar Festival in Bigfork, Montana August 29, 2016.
Anne Hosler

We had a great time at the Crown Guitar Festival Monday, recording shows from Gonzalo Bergara, Julian Lage and Chris Eldridge and some talented students from the workshops. Julian Lage and Chris Eldridge performed for nearly two hours to an adoring audience. Guitarist Gonzalo Bergara presented his own mix of sounds from Paris and his native Argentina. You can hear those performances on MTPR Friday at 8:00 p.m. on your radio or online.

Brandi Carlile on stage in 2010.
Kirk Stauffer (CC-BY-2)

At a good live performance, an organic rhythm and energy develops between the audience and the performers.  When Brandi Carlile and her band landed on the stage at Missoula’s Big Sky Brewery with a heartfelt, energetic, fourteen-song set, I felt that synergy in a way I haven’t experienced in many years.

The Crown of the Continent Guitar Festival runs Sunday August 28 through Saturday September 3 in Bigfork. MTPR will be on hand Monday night for the the concert with Julian Lage and Chris Eldridge. Also on the bill is the gypsy jazz of Gonzalo Bergara. You can hear the rebroadcast of that concert Friday, Sept 2  at 8:00 p.m. on MTPR.

Susan Gibson plays live on Montana Public Radio, August 23, 2016.
Josh Burnham

Singer songwriter Susan Gibson joined us for a fun live session during "Freeforms" today. Watch her play "The Hard Stuff" live from MTPR.

Vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson, performing at the Berkeley (CA) Jazz Festival in 1982.
Brian McMillen (CC-BY-SA-2)

After Lionel Hampton and Milt Jackson, no one did more for the vibraphone as a voice in jazz than Bobby Hutcherson. Hutcherson pased away August 15 at the age of 75.

From his early recordings with Al Grey and Billy Mitchell, Jackie McLean, and Grant Green, on through the sixties and seventies, Hutcherson made the vibes a solo voice to be reckoned with. He carried the vibes beyond swing and Be-bop into free jazz, Avant Garde, and soul jazz.

Fern Glass Boyd, artistic director of the String Orchestra of the Rockies talks about the group's upcoming concert at St. Timothy's Summer Music Festival, and the four concerts of the ensemble's 32 season, starting in September.

 The Shtrykov-Tanaka Duo is Maksim Shtrykov on clarinet and Misuzu Tanaka on piano.
Josh Burnham

The Shtrykov-Tanaka Duo of Maksim Shtrykov on clarinet and Misuzu Tanaka on piano played live on Montana Public Radio this morning. See their beautiful performance of Jesus de Monasterio's Adiós a la Alhambra, transcribed for clarinet by Maksim himself.

With "Tumbleweed," his third recording in five years, singer/songwriter/guitarist Mike Murray brings a new level of maturity to his bluesy, folk-rock music. Murray, from Kalispell, Montana, credits new fatherhood for the personal lyrics and rich production qualities of this group of songs. 

A type of music called “Americana” has been played in Montana for more than two centuries (that we know of) beginning with the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

Aaron Parrett, author of a new book Montana Americana Music: Boot Stomping in Big Sky Country, says " The Corps of Discovery had a high percentage of people of Indian extraction along with them. I think it’s a half or two-thirds were Métis Indian, including Pierre Cruzatte, one of the fiddlers (there were two). And he played a lot of what we would now recognize probably as Métis fiddle tunes."

Chérie Newman: But what, exactly, is Americana music?

The Ninth Annual Festival Amadeus, presented by the Glacier Symphony and Chorale, runs from August 8 - 14, 2016 at venues in Whitefish and Bigfork. The festival features chamber and orchestra concerts with guest soloists and the Festival Amadeus orchestra. (See the full Festival Amadeus schedule below.)

Brea McCullough & Stephanie Anderson stopped by MTPR studios to preview their upcoming performance at St. Timothy's Music Festival.
Josh Burnham

Imagine being able to brag that you heard Bach, Beethoven, or Beyoncé before they made it big. Now you can hear Montana’s finest fledgling talent before their upcoming feature at St. Timothy’s Summer Festival.

A Sultry, Contagious, Montana Style Celebration

Aug 1, 2016
Lead singer Molly Rose from Underhill Rose on Saturday, July 30
Mara Silvers

It’s not easy to dodge swing dancers, listen to your third favorite band of the day, admire the red ant temporary tattoos, and still hold onto your beer. But this, and so much more, is what the Red Ants Pants 2016  Music Festival requires of its attendees. Through the 90 degree heat and layers of dirt, the festival was a contagious and sultry celebration, Montana style.

2016 International Choral Festival Highlights

Jul 25, 2016
People enjoying a performance at the 2016 Internation Choral Festival in Missoula.
Mike Albans

The 2016 Choral Festival is over, but you can still enjoy music from around the world performed at this year's festivities.

This program includes interviews with singers and conductors from the Choir of East Mikeladze Central Music School, Republic of Georgia; The Ellerhein Girls' Choir, Estonia; Heartland Youth Choir, Des Moines, Iowa; and Cantores de Cienfuegos, Cuba.

Enjoy!

Jeni Fleming will perform at St. Timothy's Music Festival, Sunday July 24 at 4:00 p.m.
Audrey Hall

"A good song is a good song," says singer & musician Jeni Fleming from Bozeman.  As long as she identifies with the lyrics, "everything else is negotiable." Fleming joins Michael Marsolek to preview her upcoming performance at St. Timothy's Music Festival on Sunday July, 24.

Onward and upward: Faun and a Pan Flute
Faun and a Pan Flute

Faun and a Pan Flute is a collectively-led experimental nonet from Atlanta, GA. Their restless soundscapes are both demented and uplifting; restrained yet chaotic; complex, but still accessible.

Though abstract, these avant-warriors provide a create-your-own-ending sort of narrative with their compositions, all based around primal rhythms and controlled chaos.

Wah Yan College Kowloon Boys' Choir
Josh Burnham

Listen to a performance from the Wah Yan College Kowloon Boys' Choir of Hong Kong, recorded on July 15, 2016 at the Dennison Theater at the University of Montana-Missoula.

Music Festival Brings Baroque Back To Paradise

Jul 15, 2016
Matthias Maute playing virtuoso Vivaldi at the Montana Baroque Music Festival.
Linda Talbott

From July 19-21, historic Paradise, Montana will welcome back the supremely talented musicians of the Montana Baroque Music Festival. The intimate venue, Quinn’s Hot Spring Resort, will play host to the festival on the banks of the Clark Fork for its 13th iteration.

Mikeladze Central Music School Choir in Missoula for the International Choral Festival.
Mike Albans

Pictures from the International Choral Festival of Missoula, going on through the weekend.

If you can't make it to the festival, tune in to MTPR Friday at 2:00 p.m. for a live broadcast of choirs from Hong Kong and Costa Rica.

Put a little Cuban flavor into your day. Watch Cantores de Cienfuegos sing "Beautiful and Spicy" in a live performance on Montana Public Radio. Or listen to their entire studio session. They're in Missoula along with dozens of other choirs for the International Choral Festival that begins today.

Skip the plane ticket to Vienna and hear world-class string music right here in rural Montana. Take in the exuberant melodies of Beethoven and awe-inspiring views of the rugged Pintler Range this weekend as the Muir String Quartet and Guests headline St. Timothy’s Summer Music Festival at Georgetown Lake on Sunday July 17 at 4:00 p.m.

Jason D. WIlliams plays during the opening day of the 2016 Montana Folk Fest in Butte, MT, July 8, 2016.
Michael Marsolek

The 2016 Montana Folk Festival in Butte wrapped up Sunday. Get a taste of the eclectic outdoor confluence of traditional arts and culture with these videos and pictures from this weekend.

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