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

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.

The 2016 St. Timothy's Summer Music Festival opens June 26.
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Connie Fitzpatrick from the St. Timothy's Summer Music Festival talks with MTPR's Michael Marsolek about the festival's upcoming season. Each year the festival features a variety of classical, jazz, vocal, and instrumental performers, in a breathtaking setting.

Singer and multi-instrumentalist Grace Potter makes her first visit to Musicians’ Spotlight to talk about her debut solo recording, which comes after a decade of touring and recording with The Nocturnals. Known for her magnetic stage presence, soaring vocals and adventurous keyboard solos, Grace’s new album, Midnight, reveals a more personal and reflective side of her music.

Tom Brokaw will be a guest on the 100th episode of "You Must Remember This," on MTPR Monday, June 6 at 8:00 p.m.
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Journalist Tom Brokaw will be Allen Secher’s guest on the 100th edition of Montana Public Radio’s monthly musical series “You Must Remember This,” which will air at 8:00 p.m. Monday, June 6. MTPR also will air portions of the interview on “Here & Now” at 1:00 p.m. Monday, June 6. You can listen to the interview portion of the show now.

Bob Dylan turned 75 on Tuesday. For six decades, he’s followed his own muse and carved a unique path through popular music in this country and the world. From folk singer to crooner, Dylan has mastered, defined, and dominated diverse musical genres and styles, telegraphing changes in the musical landscape before they occur, while constantly referring to the roots that underlie the American music canon.

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