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

Tim O’Brien is one of the most respected and versatile songwriter-performers in bluegrass and American traditional music. He’s won numerous Grammy and International Bluegrass Music Awards and has released ten solo recordings, while contributing to dozens more. In November 2013 O’Brien was inducted into the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame.

Trombonist and composer Ryan Keberle was born and raised in Spokane, WA, the son of two music educators. Since 1999, he's made a career in New York City as the go-to player for any jazz band in need of a trombonist. Besides touring as a frontman and releasing recordings under his own name, Keberle’s list of collaborators includes Wynton Marsalis, Beyonce, Sufjan Stevens, Alicia Keys and, through soundtrack work, Woody Allen.

Lee Ritenour on stage during the 2014 Crown Guitar Festival.
Christopher Allen

Summer is prime-time for music festivals, and there are plenty to choose from in Montana. These 10 Montana music festivals will keep you singing and tapping your feet all summer.

St. Paul & The Broken Bones's Classic Southern Soul

Jun 17, 2015
McClister

St. Paul & The Broken Bones is “one of 2014’s most impressive DIY stories,” according to The Hollywood Reporter. National television appearances and top billing at summer music festivals are piling up for the Birmingham, AL soul band whose shows are characterized, in the words of Bob Boilen of NPR Music, by "heart and soul and flair."

06/20/2015 - Tannhauser, minstrel and renegade, is lured into Venusberg, the erotic realm of the love goddess, Venus.  There he luxuriates in lust and sinful pleasure. Finally it's all too much. He longs to return to friends, rules of Christian conduct, and most of all to Elisabeth, the chaste young woman who will love and rogive him. Desperate to be cleansed of his sins, Tannhauser embarks on a pilgrimage to Rome - but will that be enough to make him forget Venusberg?

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

06/13/2015 - Approx. length 3 hours

Met Opera And Public Radio Host Margaret Juntwait Dies

Jun 4, 2015

Margaret Juntwait was the mellifluous voice of the Metropolitan Opera's Saturday live radio broadcasts. She was also a longtime host at NPR member station WNYC in New York. Juntwait died Wednesday at age 58 of complications from ovarian cancer. The Met and WNYC have each offered tributes.

Beth Wood describes herself as a "modern-day troubadour and believer in the power of song."

Lew Soloff
John Abbot

  During a career lasting over forty years, Lew Soloff worked in a variety of musical genres.  A noted member of Blood, Sweat and Tears, he worked with numerous pop and jazz artists like Lou Reed, Paul Simon and Frank Sinatra.  He also worked with some classical orchestras and ensembles.  Join Tom Engelmann, as he celebrates the life of Lew Soloff on another edition of “Unsung Heroes, Influential but Overlooked Masters of Modern Music,” Monday June 8th at 8 PM. 

06/06/2015 - Approx. length 3-1/2 hours

CAST:
Jane Seymour:  Jamie Barton
Smeton:  Kelley O’Connor
Anne Boleyn:  Sondra Radvanovsky
King Henry Viii:  John Relyea
Lord Rochford:  Richard Ollarsaba
Lord Richard Percy:  Bryan Hymel
Lord Hervey:  John Irvin

CONDUCTOR:  Patrick Summers
DIRECTOR:  Kevin Newbury
CHORUS:  Lyric Opera Chorus
CHORUS MASTER:  Michael Black

05/30/2015 - Approx. length 3 hours

CAST:
Ferrando:  Andrea Silvestrelli
Inez:  J’nai Bridges
Leonora:  Amber Wagner
Count Di Luna:  Quinn Kelsey
Manrico:  Yonghoon Lee
Azucena:  Stephanie Blythe
An Old Gypsy:  Kenneth Nichols
A Messenger:  Timothy Bradley
Ruiz:  Jonathan Johnson

05/23/2015 - Approx. length 3 hours

CAST:
Countess:  Renée Fleming
Clairon:  Anne Sofie von Otter
Count:  Bo Skovhus
Flamand:  William Burden
Olivier:  Audun Iversen
La Roche:  Peter Rose

CONDUCTOR:  Sir Andrew Davis
STAGE DIRECTOR:  John Cox
REVIVAL DIRECTOR:  Peter McClintock

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

Renowned Jazz-Classical Pianist/Composer, Billy Childs

May 27, 2015

Billy Childs has been called "the most American composer since Aaron Copland." His musical marriage of jazz, classical and popular music styles is showcased in "Map to the Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro," which won Childs the most recent of his numerous Grammy awards.

Famed blues guitarist B.B. King in a 2009 performance
Tom Beetz

In June 2004, John Floridis and "Musicians' Spotlight" co-host Brian Kopper had the opportunity to talk shop with B.B. King on his tour bus.

The Bob Show, Friday, May 22, 8:00 p.m.

May 21, 2015

Sunday is Bob Dylan's 74th birthday, which makes Friday, May 22 the occasion for the annual Bob Show. Join host Fred Rice from 8:00 p.m. Friday till 2:00 a.m. Saturday as he salutes Mr. Zimmerman's five decades of influence over popular music and culture.

Martha Scanlan and John Neufeld stopped by to play live on "The Folk Show" on May 19, 2015. Martha is no stranger to MTPR, where she's played live on-air many times, first as a member of The Reeltime Travelers, and more recently as a solo artist.

Tune In For Two B.B. King Specials

May 15, 2015
Famed blues guitarist B.B. King in a 2009 performance
Tom Beetz

In honor of B.B. King's passing, we'll be airing two B.B. King specials next week.

Tune in Monday at 8:00 p.m. to hear a re-broadcast of a 2004 Musician's Spotlight interview with B.B. King.

Wednesday 10:00 to midnight enjoy a music-intensive two-hour program of B.B. King performances that celebrate his long-standing role as the unassailable "King of The Blues."

Tarina Westlund

The Portland Cello Project's repertoire includes Bach, Kanye West, and video game themes. They've carved out a niche based on the philosophy "Bring the cello to places where you wouldn't normally hear it."

Join host Marguerite Munsche Sunday evening, May 10, 2015 for our fourth and final broadcast from the Missoula Symphony Orchestra and Chorale's  60th season. Darko Butorac is the orchestra's music director and conductor.

Charles Robert Stephens, Baritone. Kerri Marcinko, Soprano.
Courtesy Photo

Saturday May, 2 the Helena Symphony will present Beethoven's Ninth as part of their 60th anniversary celebration.

MTPR's Michael Marsolek spoke with Allan R. Scott, the Helena Symphony's music director about the upcoming concert and celebration.

Red Baraat's Bhangra drum and brass rhythms originate in the Punjabi wedding celebrations of Northern India, but the music is seasoned with a Brooklyn, NY mixture of funk, go-go, Latin, and jazz. Festivals and concert venues across the world have highlighted the band's party sound. Host John Floridis visits with the group during their tour stop in the Bitterroot valley.

He had a long association with the Rolling Stones, but he also played with artists like John Lennon, Joe Cocker, Harry Nilsson and that excitable boy Warren Zevon,.  Join Tom Engelmann on April 27th as he celebrates the wild life of saxophonist Bobby Keys on another edition of “Unsung Heroes, Influential but Overlooked Masters of Modern Music.” 

Anne Hosler

Seven musicians from the University of Montana's School of Music joined Professor Steven Hesla and MTPR on-air staff on Wednesday, April 15 for a live on-air chamber performance from KUFM's Studio B.

Steiner

Pianist Stephen Beus will serve as the guest artist for the Celebrate Piano Series at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 12, in the Music Recital Hall at the University of Montana. The recital is the featured event of his four-day residency for the UM Spring Piano Festival, and his program will feature exciting works by Bach, Liszt and contemporary composers Ronn Yedidia and Arvo Pärt. The Spring Piano Festival is sponsored by the UM Keyboard Society.

Michael Marsolek talks with Anne Basinski, director of The University of Montana's Opera Theater, about the April 2015 production of Mozart's "Idomeneo," sung in Italian.

Mudslide Charley Plays The Blues

Apr 8, 2015

Missoula, Montana's enduring purveyors of blues, Mudslide Charley, make a return visit to “Musicians’ Spotlight.”

Don Carlo

Apr 6, 2015

04/11/2015 - Approximate running time 4 hrs. 35 min.

Dynamic maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Verdi’s ambitious score with a stand-out cast in Nicholas Hytner’s handsome production. Yonghoon Lee sings the title role, with Barbara Frittoli, Ekaterina Gubanova, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, James Morris, and Ferruccio Furlanetto, reprising his definitive portrayal of King Philip.

Co-production of the Metropolitan Opera; Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London; and the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet

Ernani by Verdi

Apr 6, 2015

04/04/2015 - Approximate running time 3 hrs. 25 min.

Plácido Domingo takes on the baritone role of Don Carlo for the first time in his legendary career. Francesco Meli and Luc Robert share the title role, and Angela Meade is the soprano heroine Elvira, caught between rivals for her love. Paul Nadler conducts.

http://www.metopera.org/opera/ernani-verdi-tickets

Charlie Parr, Country Blues Guitar Picker

Apr 2, 2015
PixelPete

In this feature from the March 31 edition of "Get To That," MTPR program host April Hale speaks with guitarist, songwriter and singer Charlie Parr about his beginnings in music, his performance philosophy, and his life as a traveling musician - including cooking food on a car engine manifold.

Vocalist Moira Smiley balances a dizzying list of simultaneous projects: her own group VOCO; the indie rock band tUnE-yArDs; The Lomax Project; Irish supergroup Solas; and work with Billy Childs.

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