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

Lauded as “the greatest living exponent of the electric violin,” Tracy Silverman’s groundbreaking work with the 6-string electric violin defies musical boundaries. Silverman joins John Floridis in the Musicians' Spotlight this week.

"What I like About Jazz" does a retrospective on the career of George Coleman, in honor of his first album as a leader in many years. George came up in the 1950's, and played and recorded with Lee Morgan, Booker Little, and Max Roach, then replaced Hank Mobley in Miles Davis' band in 1963. Coleman has recorded as a leader and sideman, and was the original saxophone in Eastern Rebellion with Cedar Walton and Billy Higgins.

Hear all these and more on MTPR, including his new album "The Master Speaks," Wednesday, May 25 from 8:00 - 10:00 p.m. on your radio, or online.

Maurice White, Musician & Bandleader On 'Unsung Heroes'

May 20, 2016
Maurice White performing with Earth, Wind, and Fire at the Ahoy Rotterdam; 1982
Chris Hakkens (CC-BY-SA-2)

Maurice White was an American singer-songwriter, musician, record producer, arranger and bandleader. Working with artists like Barbara Streisand, Ramsey Lewis and numerous others he won seven Grammys and was inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Yet most people just know of him as a member of Earth, Wind and Fire. Join Tom Engelmann as he profiles Maurice White on another edition of “Unsung Heroes: Influential But Overlooked Masters of Modern Music.” Tune in on your radio or online Monday, May 23 at 8:00 p.m.

Fields of blooming flower children and arrowleaf balsamroot herald the arrival of The Psychedelic Circus, as we celebrate spring. Join Dr. Sandoz and Joan Richarde for an audio explosion of sound & color tonight on MTPR. Tune in tonight from 10:00 p.m. to midnight, on your radio or online at mtpr.org. Be there or "be square" but be sure to tune in, either way!

Mary Carlson, Vespidae Photography

Born in Philipsburg, Montana and holding a master’s degree in Appalachian studies, instrumentalist/singer-songwriter Coty Hogue immersed herself in old music, studying with Ginny Hawker, before starting to write and record a few of her own songs alongside favorite traditional gems.

The African Children's Choir at MTPR studios.
Josh Burnham

18 singers from the African Children's Choir performed at MTPR studios recently. The choir has been touring across western Montana, sharing their love of music and African culture through song and dance. Listen & watch here.

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A Brazilian batuque, a French rendition of America's Jazz Age, and music inspired by the watercolors of a deceased Russian architect. That's the program for the fourth broadcast concert from the Missoula Symphony Orchestra and Chorale's 61st season, hosted by Marguerite Munsche at 8:00 Sunday evening, May 8, 2016. Darko Butorac is the orchestra's conductor and music director.  The performance was recorded by Rick Kuschel on April 24, 2016, in the Dennison Theater at the University of Montana-Missoula, and featured guest piano soloist, Katherine Chi.

Russ Nasset live from MTPR studios April 19, 2016.
Josh Burnham

If you went to college in Missoula any time in the last 25 years, you probably closed down the Union Club dancing to Russ Nasset and the Revelators at least once. Russ joined us for a fantastic live session Tuesday on "Get To That." Here's a taste:

HIP Music Played On Baroque Instruments
flickr user Gigi Tagliapietra

Michael Marsolek talks with Kerry Krebill, Artistic Director of Musikanten Montana, about the group's Montana shows featuring "historically informed performances" (HIP) of Bach's Mass in B minor.

"The Shape Of Things Gone Missing, The Shape Of Things to Come” - that’s the poetic title of singer-songwriter Martha Scanlan’s most recent album. Martha returns to “Musicians’ Spotlight” to discuss this recording project as well as her efforts to shine a spotlight on threats to southeastern Montana’s unique Tongue River Valley: its landscape, pace, and way of life.

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