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

Jon Herington on stage at the Crown Guitar Festival. Tune in Sept. 4 at 8:00 p.m. to hear a replay of this concert.
Michael Marsolek

Steely Dan's Jon Herington and the sultry songstress Madeleine Peyroux shared the stage for an incredible show Monday night at the Crown of the Continent Guitar Festival. Tune in to MTPR at 8:00 p.m. Friday, September 4 for a replay of the entire concert.

Solomon Hicks is an accomplished young musician, and a student and performer at the Crown of the Continent Guitar Festival at Flathead Lake Lodge in Bigfork.
Micheal Marsolek

Musical prodigy Solomon Hicks describes himself as a blues musician with a jazz mind. He's back in Bigfork for the Crown of the Continent Guitar Festival going on this week. He talks with Michael Marsolek about his dual role as Crown guitar fest student and performer.

Never one to hold back his opinion - musically, politically or otherwise -  James McMurtry ("America's fiercest singer-songwriter" - CNN) returns to “Musicians’ Spotlight.”

Lots of magazines do big lists, but few rely on them as heavily as Rolling Stone does. The magazine cranks out a list for just about every aspect of popular music. All promise authoritative, canonical overviews of various elements of the art; at their best, these offer context and critical insight, helping readers fill gaps in their knowledge.

Rigoletto (in Italian)

Aug 22, 2015

08/29/2015 - composed by Giuseppe Verdi

David Feffer, Crown of the Continent Guitar Foundation Chairman and Founding Director joins Michael Marsolek to preview the sixth annual Crown Guitar festival. This year's festival runs from August 30 to September 6 at the Flathead Lake Lodge in Bigfork, Montana.

St. Timothy's Chapel finishes the 2015 Summer Music Festival with a polyrhythmic bang.  Drum Brothers, the Montana-based percussion ensemble, translates their decades-long  immersion in West African and Hindustani rhythms and melodies into high-energy performances.

Thais

Aug 18, 2015

08/22/2015 - composed by Jules Massenethttp://www.wfmt.com/main.taf?p=12,10,7

The Ghosts of Versailles

Aug 18, 2015

08/15/2015 - composed by John Corigliano

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John Myers Week On MTPR

Aug 8, 2015

We're celebrating the life of our friend and MTPR host John Myers the way radio people do best -- through music. Join us this week as we pay tribute to John with some of our favorite on-air moments and the musical collections he put together during his nearly 30 year career. Here's some of what we have planned, listen on your radio or online:

Chris Hahn and Karen Beres are the CanAm Piano Duo
Josh Burnham

The CanAm Piano Duo have been presenting innovative programs of duet and two-piano repertoire since 2002. They stopped by MTPR to give us a taste of their varied repertoire and talk about their upcoming performance at the St. Timothy's Summer Music Festival.

The funky “heart-on-the-sleeve” blues-soul-reggae of Brent Jameson and The Sordid Seeds have made them a favorite at western Montana clubs and festivals.

Spencer Meyer playing live at MTPR, August 5, 2015
Josh Burnham

Spencer Myer plays Schumann's "Romance in f# Major" at Montana Public Radio.

Spencer is in Montana for Festival Amadeus, going on through August 9 at venues in the Whitefish and Bigfork.

Trumpeter Jim Rotondi has been a major figure in the world of jazz for over 20 years, both in New York and on the international scene.
Courtesy jimrotondi.com

Join us this week on "What I Like About Jazz" for a return visit with Butte native Jim Rotondi. Jim is a world class musician and educator, with nearly a hundred albums to his credit, appearances in clubs all over the world, and past associations include Ray Charles, Charles Earland, Harold Mabern, and Cecil Payne, among many others.

Festival Amadeus: A Week of Mozart and Beyond
Courtesy Festival Amadeus

Festival Amadeus, presented by Glacier Symphony and Chorale, takes place from August 3 - 9, at venues around the Flathead Valley. The festival features chamber and orchestra concerts with acclaimed guest soloists and the Festival Amadeus orchestra. See the full Festival Amadeus schedule here.

The Marriage of Figaro

Aug 1, 2015

08/08/2015 - composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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The Barber of Seville

Jul 30, 2015

08/01/2015 - composed by Gioachino Rossini

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Legendary jazz saxophonist Azar Lawrence released "Prayer For My Ancestors" in 2008, 33 years after his 1976 album, "People Moving". But the long gap between recordings doesn't mean Lawrence has been short of work. He's known as the go-to sideman for McCoy Tyner, Miles Davis, Freddie Hubbard and Woody Shaw.

Jamey Guy

On July 24, Monroe Crossing, the bluegrass quintet based in Minnesota, unpacked their instruments in KUFM's Studio B, grouped around a single microphone, and recorded a short set, chatting between songs with "What I Like About Jazz" host John Arvish about gigs - including the collaborative bluegrass mass that won the group several performances at Carnegie Hall.

Playing the music of Bach and his sons at the Montana Baroque Festival in Paradise, MT
Linda Talbott

It was an amazing performance Wednesday night at the Montana Baroque Festival in the fabulous new music pavilion at Quinn’s Hot Springs.

Dolce Canto, Missoula's premier vocal ensemble, presents "The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass", in collaboration with Monroe Crossing. The performance "weaves together the traditions of the Catholic liturgy and classical choral singing with contemporary poetry and traditional bluegrass instrumentation."

Lee Konitz has been playing and recording since the late 1940s, and at age 87, is still going strong. Lee got his start in recordings of Lennie Tristano and Miles Davis in the late 1940s, and has played with many of the all-time greats, from Charlie Parker to Bill Evans, and modern players including the group Minsara, pianist Brad Mehldau and many more.

Konitz was just voted into the Downbeat Hall of Fame, and is a 2009 NEA Jazz Master. Tune in to "What I Like About Jazz" on MTPR for a tribute to the music of Lee Konitz. Wednesday July 22 at 8:00 p.m. on your radio or live online.

07/25/2015 - Libretto by:  Nahum Tate / Béla Balázs

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07/18/2015 - Libretto by:  Francesco Maria Piave, based on a play by Alexandre Dumas, fils

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07/11/2015 - Rome in the year 1800 is a deadly place for dissidents. The painter Cavaradossi risks everything to shelter his comrade; but his lover, the fiery Tosca, keeps playing cat and mouse with the lustful and sadistic Baron Scarpia, the chief of police.  If Cavaradossi is condemned, will Tosca trade her honor to save him?

http://www.wfmt.com/main.taf?p=12,10,7,3

Porgy and Bess

Jul 16, 2015

07/04/2015 - Lyric Opera Music Director Sir Andrew Davis calls "Porgy and Bess the great American opera." George Gershwin's 1935 opera is bursting with iconic songs.

http://www.wfmt.com/main.taf?p=12,10,7,3

The Passenger

Jul 16, 2015

06/27/2015 - There's no escaping your past.  Aboard an ocean liner in the early 1960s, a West German diplomat, Walter, ad his wife, Liese, are bound for a new posting in Brazil.  But unbeknownst to her husband, Liese served as an SS officer in Auschwitz. Haunted by her past, she is stunned when she recognizes a fellow passenger; is it really her former prisoner?

http://www.wfmt.com/main.taf?p=12,10,7,3

Is there a prettier or more unique stage then the Original?
Michael Marsolek

Neither rain nor hail could dampen the fun at this year's Montana Folk Festival in Butte. There was an amazing lineup of performers, and they delivered. Check out these photos and videos from the 2015 festival.

Tickets are on sale now for the 12th annual summer Montana Baroque Music Festival. Head down to the Quinn's Hot Springs Resort this July 21-23 to hear music from this quintessential era. This year's festival will feature works from Bach's sons, Wilhelm Friedman Bach and Johann Christian Bach whose compositions diverted dramatically from that of their father.

It seems fitting that every year, the second weekend of July transforms the "Richest Hill on Earth" into a collection of gems - not precious metals or glittering stones, but vibrant music, art, dance, and craftwork.

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