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

Every three years for nearly three decades, the International Choral Festival has presented singers from around the world in concert in Missoula, Montana. The 2016 festival runs Wednesday through Saturday, July 13 - 16. Tune in to Montana Public Radio for specials and live performances throughout the week.

Derek Pruitt

One of the largest free music and folklife festivals in the Northwest whirls into uptown Butte this weekend. 2016 marks the sixth annual Montana Folk Festival, an eclectic outdoor confluence of traditional arts and culture born from the three-year stint of the 70th - 72nd National Folk Festivals in Butte, 2008-2010.

John Floridis, host of "Musician's Spotlight" holds his second consecutive EB award for Non-Commercial Radio Program of the Year from the Montana Broadcasters Association.
John Floridis

This past weekend, Musicians' Spotlight was selected as the Radio Non-Commercial Program Of The Year by the Montana Broadcaster's Association. James McMurtry was the featured guest on this year's winning episode.

This is the second year in a row that Mspot has taken home this award.

Michael Marsolek talks with cellist Amit Peled, who performs a benefit recital with pianist Christopher Hahn for the Glacier Symphony and Chorale on Thursday, June 30, 7:30 p.m. at the O’Shaughnessy Center in Whitefish. Peled pays tribute to Pablo Casals ("the grandfather of all cellists," Peled calls him), performing on the 1733 Goffriller cello owned and played by Casals himself for 60 years.

Ben Sollee, who describes himself as "cellist, composer, storyteller," brings a sweet grace and gritty groove to his diverse mix of styles. Appalachian mountain music segues into blues, a Bach cello suite leads to a Paul Simon cover, then to the bluegrass music of Sollee's native Kentucky.

Philip Aaberg kicks off the 2016 St. Timothy's Summer Music Festival, June 26.
Josh Burnham

Celebrated Montana musician Philip Aaberg talks about his new project "Heart of the Great Divide," a commemorative musical piece about the 1917 Speculator Mine fire in Butte, MT. Aaber also opens the 2016 St. Timothy's Summer Music Festival on June 26, and gives a preview of that show.

The 2016 St. Timothy's Summer Music Festival opens June 26.
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Connie Fitzpatrick from the St. Timothy's Summer Music Festival talks with MTPR's Michael Marsolek about the festival's upcoming season. Each year the festival features a variety of classical, jazz, vocal, and instrumental performers, in a breathtaking setting.

Singer and multi-instrumentalist Grace Potter makes her first visit to Musicians’ Spotlight to talk about her debut solo recording, which comes after a decade of touring and recording with The Nocturnals. Known for her magnetic stage presence, soaring vocals and adventurous keyboard solos, Grace’s new album, Midnight, reveals a more personal and reflective side of her music.

Tom Brokaw was Allen Secher's guest on the 100th episode of "You Must Remember This." Listen to an encore broadcast on MTPR Monday, June 5, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.
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Journalist Tom Brokaw was Allen Secher’s guest on the 100th edition of Montana Public Radio’s monthly musical program, “You Must Remember This."     Brokaw’s best-seller, “The Greatest Generation,” serves as a frame for this hour-long exploration of the hardships and sentiments of a generation, all of it reflected in the big-band, jazz and popular music of the 1930s and 1940s.

Bob Dylan turned 75 on Tuesday. For six decades, he’s followed his own muse and carved a unique path through popular music in this country and the world. From folk singer to crooner, Dylan has mastered, defined, and dominated diverse musical genres and styles, telegraphing changes in the musical landscape before they occur, while constantly referring to the roots that underlie the American music canon.

Lauded as “the greatest living exponent of the electric violin,” Tracy Silverman’s groundbreaking work with the 6-string electric violin defies musical boundaries. Silverman joins John Floridis in the Musicians' Spotlight this week.

"What I like About Jazz" does a retrospective on the career of George Coleman, in honor of his first album as a leader in many years. George came up in the 1950's, and played and recorded with Lee Morgan, Booker Little, and Max Roach, then replaced Hank Mobley in Miles Davis' band in 1963. Coleman has recorded as a leader and sideman, and was the original saxophone in Eastern Rebellion with Cedar Walton and Billy Higgins.

Hear all these and more on MTPR, including his new album "The Master Speaks," Wednesday, May 25 from 8:00 - 10:00 p.m. on your radio, or online.

Maurice White, Musician & Bandleader On 'Unsung Heroes'

May 20, 2016
Maurice White performing with Earth, Wind, and Fire at the Ahoy Rotterdam; 1982
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Maurice White was an American singer-songwriter, musician, record producer, arranger and bandleader. Working with artists like Barbara Streisand, Ramsey Lewis and numerous others he won seven Grammys and was inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Yet most people just know of him as a member of Earth, Wind and Fire. Join Tom Engelmann as he profiles Maurice White on another edition of “Unsung Heroes: Influential But Overlooked Masters of Modern Music.” Tune in on your radio or online Monday, May 23 at 8:00 p.m.

Fields of blooming flower children and arrowleaf balsamroot herald the arrival of The Psychedelic Circus, as we celebrate spring. Join Dr. Sandoz and Joan Richarde for an audio explosion of sound & color tonight on MTPR. Tune in tonight from 10:00 p.m. to midnight, on your radio or online at mtpr.org. Be there or "be square" but be sure to tune in, either way!

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Born in Philipsburg, Montana and holding a master’s degree in Appalachian studies, instrumentalist/singer-songwriter Coty Hogue immersed herself in old music, studying with Ginny Hawker, before starting to write and record a few of her own songs alongside favorite traditional gems.

The African Children's Choir at MTPR studios.
Josh Burnham

18 singers from the African Children's Choir performed at MTPR studios recently. The choir has been touring across western Montana, sharing their love of music and African culture through song and dance. Listen & watch here.

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A Brazilian batuque, a French rendition of America's Jazz Age, and music inspired by the watercolors of a deceased Russian architect. That's the program for the fourth broadcast concert from the Missoula Symphony Orchestra and Chorale's 61st season, hosted by Marguerite Munsche at 8:00 Sunday evening, May 8, 2016. Darko Butorac is the orchestra's conductor and music director.  The performance was recorded by Rick Kuschel on April 24, 2016, in the Dennison Theater at the University of Montana-Missoula, and featured guest piano soloist, Katherine Chi.

Russ Nasset live from MTPR studios April 19, 2016.
Josh Burnham

If you went to college in Missoula any time in the last 25 years, you probably closed down the Union Club dancing to Russ Nasset and the Revelators at least once. Russ joined us for a fantastic live session Tuesday on "Get To That." Here's a taste:

HIP Music Played On Baroque Instruments
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Michael Marsolek talks with Kerry Krebill, Artistic Director of Musikanten Montana, about the group's Montana shows featuring "historically informed performances" (HIP) of Bach's Mass in B minor.

"The Shape Of Things Gone Missing, The Shape Of Things to Come” - that’s the poetic title of singer-songwriter Martha Scanlan’s most recent album. Martha returns to “Musicians’ Spotlight” to discuss this recording project as well as her efforts to shine a spotlight on threats to southeastern Montana’s unique Tongue River Valley: its landscape, pace, and way of life.

Duke Ellington
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Duke Ellington deserves a separate room in any musical hall of fame. His orchestra included countless musicians already listed in that hall. His songs "Mood Indigo", "Sophisticated Lady", "In a Sentimental Mood" and "Take the A Train" and a host of others still remain on any major list.

Tune in for this special Monday, April 4 at 8:00 p.m.

Hobson And Great Falls Host Fiery Fiddler And His Band

Apr 3, 2016

Tom Rigney and Flambeau deliver their fiery, electrifying performances of Cajan, zydeco, low-down blues, funky New Orleans grooves and heartbreakingly beautiful ballads and waltzes to audiences in Central Montana.

Sunday, April 3, 4 p.m.
Hobson Public School in Hobson

The Missoula Piano Trio, finalists in the MTNA National Young Artist String Chamber Music Competition, performed live from MTPR studios Friday, March 25.  The trio is made up of Sara Harmsworth on violin, David Harmsworth on cello, and Adam Sears on piano. You can listen to the entire studio session now, or watch the video of their performance of Shostackovich's Piano Trio in C minor, Op. 8.

 

Missoula Community Concert Band Silver Anniversary Spring Concert

Conduced by Dr. Thomas H. Cook

Monday, March 28 at 7:30 p.m. at MCT Center for the Performing Arts
200 North Adams Street, Missoula

Doors open at 7:10 p.m.

FREE admission (donations accepted)

For more information, contact Steve Corn at 406-240-8026 or corn.stephen@gmail.com.

This week's “Musicians’ Spotlight” is a St. Patrick's Day special honoring some of the best Irish music we've featured on the program - traditional, contemporary, and something in between. Highlights include the duo John Doyle and Karan Casey, and sean-nós singer and former member of the Hothouse Flowers, Liam Ó Maonlaí.

This week, The University of Montana hosts the annual Buddy DeFranco Jazz Festival. During What I Like About Jazz," Wednesday night, we'll take a look at Buddy's career, as well as some of the guest artists and clinicians.

The arresting vocal style of Darlingside has launched the band into the upper echelons of indie baroque-folk. Appropriately for a group that started as an a capella quartet at Williams College, there’s no designated “lead singer;" everyone sings melodies, either in harmony or in unison.

Join host Marguerite Munsche on Sunday evening, March 13, 2016, for our third broadcast from the Missoula Symphony Orchestra and Chorale's 61st season. Darko Butorac is the orchestra's music director; Dean Peterson directs the Symphony Chorale.

Allan R. Scott of Helena Symphony will be the guest host for Morning Classics on Thursday, March 10. He's planned a fantastic program, with selections from Bach, Britten, and Barber, and a couple of choral works thrown in for good measure.

Tune in Thursday, March 10, from 9:00 - 11 a.m. on your radio or online to enjoy the show.

Celebrate International Women's Day With Tuesday Freeforms

Mar 7, 2016

For International Women’s Day, Tuesday Freeforms will feature all women musicians. Michael Marsolek will play 90 minutes of wonderful female voices from all over the globe. Tune in from 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Tuesday March 8, on your radio or online to join in the celebration.

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