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

Carbon Leaf: Alt-Country And Celtic Folk

Mar 12, 2015

Virginia alt-country and Celtic folk is on tap when Barry Privett of the group Carbon Leaf visits with John Floridis on Musician's Spotlight.

Join host Marguerite Munsche Sunday evening, March 15, 2015, for our third broadcast from the Missoula Symphony Orchestra and Chorale's  60th season. Darko Butorac is the orchestra's music director and conductor; Dean Peterson directs the chorale.

03/14/2015 - Approximate running time 3 hrs. 5 min.

Joyce DiDonato and Juan Diego Flórez join forces for this Rossini showcase of bel canto virtuosity, set in the medieval Scottish highlands. DiDonato is the “lady of the lake” of the title, and Flórez is the king who relentlessly pursues her, with their vocal fireworks embellishing the tragic plot. This Met premiere production is directed by Paul Curran and conducted by Michele Mariotti.

Carmen (Bizet)

Mar 10, 2015

03/07/2015 - Approximate running time 3 hrs. 20 min.

Richard Eyre’s stunning production returns with its original star, Elina Garanca, who plays the title role of the ill-fated temptress. Yonghoon Lee sings Carmen's desperate lover, Don José, and Louis Langrée conducts.

http://www.metopera.org/opera/carmen-bizet-tickets

After his YouTube performance of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” went viral, ukulele virtuoso and composer Jake Shimabukuro’s career skyrocketed. Several recordings later, he has toured his “Uke Nations” show internationally, and continues to combine elements of jazz, blues, funk, rock, bluegrass, classical, folk and flamenco in his repertoire for this “under-the-radar” instrument.

Jaime Vedres

In 1991, Marc Cohn took home the Grammy Award for Best New Artist. In the two decades since, he has recorded a series of self-titled albums full of piano-based gospel-blues folk songs, and has performed around the world. In 2005, a harrowing near-death experience helped sharpen Cohn’s musical focus.

"Death and the Maiden" is the title of the February 22, 2015 performance by the String Orchestra of the Rockies. Featured violinist Maria Larionoff and double bassist Barry Lieberman founded the American String Project, a fifteen-member conductorless string orchestra that bears some resemblance to Montana's SOR.

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Willie Nelson Returns To Missoula

Feb 21, 2015
Courtesy of WillieNelson.com

Country music legend and Oscar nominated musician Willie Nelson will return to Missoula this year for a show at Ogren Park Allegiance Field on Wednesday, June 17. 

Nelson will be performing with Alison Krauss and Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas. Nelson last performed in Missoula in 2012 to a sold out audience. 

Bridging the gap between finely-honed art rock and funky, jazz spirited dance grooves, Locksaw Cartel
brings a unique combination of performance styles to the stages of Montana.

bobdylan.com

Larry Garde is hosting "Pazz & Jop" tonight, and he's planned an entire program of interpretations of songs written by Bob Dylan. The show promises to remind listeners of older familiar recordings, and to introduce a few new ones that listeners may not have heard before.

Tune in tonight at 8:00 p.m. on your radio or on our website.

Lee Ritenour

Jan 29, 2015

Name a musician who has received one Grammy award and seventeen Grammy nominations, and who recorded 40 albums under his own name and over 3,000 recording sessions as a sideman, accompanying Pink Floyd, Dizzy Gillespie, Simon and Garfunkel, Ray Charles and Aretha Franklin, among others.

Listen to a 40th anniversary celebration and exploration of "Blood on the Tracks," the Bob Dylan album voted his best in a Rolling Stone magazine fan survey. Music writers, musicians, and fans offer comments about Dylan's 1975 release and host Paul Ingles talks with several of the studio musicians who worked with Dylan to re-record half of the album in the last days of 1974 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Tune in on your radio at 8:00 p.m. tonight for the "Blood on the Tracks" celebration, or listen to the extended program right here.

Michael Marsolek talks with pianist Margery McDuffie Whatley and University of Montana piano professors Steven Hesla and Christopher Hahn about Whatley's January 25 performance in the School of Music's "Celebrate Piano" series.  Whatley's program includes Beethoven's Tempest Sonata, and "all sorts of piano bonbons" -  short works by Chopin, Saint-Saens, Mendelssohn, Debussy, and Liszt.

Brook Trout

Lose your mind with us as we trip along the edge of sanity! The Psychedelic Circus features Psychiatric Psychedelica tonight at 10:00 p.m. Listen on your radio or online.

McElroy Guitars

Though she is known as one of Leonard Cohen's go-to backup vocalists, Grammy-nominated singer, composer and arranger Perla Batalla is an artist with a capital "A."

Trevor Rogers

Jan 1, 2015

The Clumsy Lovers’ songwriter and lead vocalist Trevor Rogers visited host John Floridis to discuss his recent solo recording, Are You Happy Now? Rogers talked about balancing recording and touring with his  full-time gig as a father and husband, as well as the impact on his songwriting from the years he spent living in Missoula.

John Floridis hosts a holiday retrospective edition of "Musician's Spotlight," featuring music by artists who have appeared on the show during the past decade and a half. You'll hear music by Bela Fleck and the Flecktones; Derek Trucks with McCoy Tyner; NewGrange; John Gorka; Jerry Douglas; Alison Krauss with Natalie MacMaster; Karan Casey; and The Indigo Girls with Brandi Carlile.

10 Favorite Albums of 2014.

Dec 23, 2014

Every year in music starts off unknown. While some trends seem inevitable, the majority of developments come as complete surprises. Favorite artists re-invent themselves, some disappointingly. And new creative forces take hold and capture our imaginations. I would never have dreamed that this year I would be loving a reggae album (Hollie Cook) or a country album from Nashville (Sturgill Simpson). But, I am so, so grateful that today’s music excites me. And I am already unbelievably excited about what 2015 might bring.

Andy Meyers, guest director of "Winter Wonderettes" talks about the show, his acting and directing career, and how Missoula Community Theatre compares to other places he's worked.

Sean Watkins

Dec 11, 2014

Nickel Creek singer and guitarist Sean Watkins stopped by the MTPR studios during the group's 2014 Montana tour to play some tunes live and talk shop with host John Floridis. Sean describes both the new Nickel Creek album and his own new solo release.

Christmas In The Cathedral

Dec 4, 2014

On Sunday, December 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the Cathedral of St. Helena, the Helena Symphony officially begins the Helena holiday season with one performance only of Handel’s Messiah, Allan R. Scott – Conductor.

Shelby Lynne

Dec 4, 2014

John Floridis talks with Grammy and CMA Award-winner Shelby Lynne about her personal and frequently biographical songs. Her fan base spans a wide range of musical audiences, a testament to her broad appeal. The interview was recorded in Bigfork, Montana as part of the Crown of The Continent Guitar Festival.

(Broadcast: Musicians' Spotlight, 9/9/14 and 12/4/14)

High Plains Christmas With Philip Aaberg And GFS

Dec 2, 2014

HIGH PLAINS CHRISTMAS

Philip Aaberg performs with the Great Falls Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Choir on Sunday, December 7, 2014, at 3 p.m. in the Mansfield Theater.

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courtesy of the Telluride Bluegrass Festival

Mandolin virtuoso and Newgrass pioneer Sam Bush returns to Musician's Spotlight for a visit with host John Floridis.

Join host Marguerite Munsche Sunday evening, November 23, 2014, for our second broadcast from the Missoula Symphony Orchestra's 60th season, Darko Butorac, music director and conductor. The program, titled "Red, White and True," was recorded November 9, 2014, in the Dennison Theater at the University of Montana-Missoula.

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Philip Aaberg

Nov 4, 2014
Courtesy of Phil Aaberg

Pianist and composer Philip Aaberg has played with the Boston Pops, at the Marlboro Chamber Music Festival, and with pop and blues musicians like Peter Gabriel, Elvin Bishop, and the Doobie Brothers. His piano playing is featured on more than 200 recordings by other artists. But Aaberg acknowledges his Montana "Hi-line" origins with pride. Not only does he live in the town where he grew up, but until late in her life, he continued studying with his early piano teacher.

This Friday from 7:30 - 10 p.m., Joan Richarde & Dr. Sandoz will present a Halloween Psychedelic Circus featuring music from 1965-1973 to send chills, thrills & shivers down your psychedelic spine.

The music is guaranteed to blow your mind and wig you out...in keeping with the spooky spirit of All Hallows Eve. Grab your carved pumpkin, turn down the lights & bring your funny bone along for the musical ride!

Krista Detor

Oct 28, 2014

Indiana-based pianist and singer-songwriter Krista Detor's latest recording and accompanying book were inspired by a chance trip on Michigan's Lake Huron with good friends and even better red wine. Detor describes that experience, as well finding herself the only American writer featured in a recent BBC production honoring the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin's birth.

The Helena Symphony continues its 60th season with a concert titled "The Sacred & The Seductive". The concert takes place  Saturday, October 18 at 7:30 p.m. at the Helena Civic Center.

Allan R. Scott, music director of Helena Symphony, and Kile Smith, the Symphony's Composer in Residence  spoke with MTPR Program Director Michael Marsolek about the upcoming show and the theme of "The Sacred & The Seductive."

It Takes A Lot Of Grit To Be A Griz

Oct 17, 2014
Photo courtesy of UM Marching Band

From the sweltering heat of August through the freezing winds of November, they run drills, memorize movements and grow tight as a team.

They can also lay down an awesome beat.

Listen to find out just how much grit it takes to be a Griz.

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