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

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.

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.

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