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

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.

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.

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