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

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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