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Montana Public Radio's on-air arts and culture magazine brings you news of upcoming performing arts and music events around western Montana.
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Montana Public Radio's on-air arts and culture magazine brings you news of upcoming performing arts and music events around western Montana.

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The 2018 Montana Folk Festival Brings 'Music Of The People' To Butte

6/18/2018
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Montana Public Radio will broadcast live from the 2018 Montana Folk Festival in Butte, MT, July 13-15. Festival Director George Everett stopped by to give a preview of the upcoming music festival. Despite the name "Folk Festival," the music isn't "a songwriter with a guitar," Everett says. "What that means is music of the people. Traditional music that goes back generations. Bluegrass, blues, cajun, zydeco; the genres stay the same, but we try to have the performers be different to...

Duration:00:14:29

Barbershop Harmony Contest And A Cappella Festival Coming To Missoula

5/16/2018
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The 2018 Barbershop Harmony Contest and A Cappella Festival is coming to Missoula, May 18-19. The festival features seven choruses and 20 quartets from Montana, Washington and Idaho. John Rettenmayer, the chairman of the festival joins Michael Marsolek to preview this weekend's a cappella fun.

Duration:00:08:33

'The Cascades Meet The Rockies' May 6, In Missoula

5/4/2018
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New artistic director and violin soloist for The String Orchestra of the Rockies Maria Larionoff joins us, along with outgoing artistic director and cellist Fern Glass Boyd, to preview the SOR's May 6 performance, "The Cascades Meet The Rockies." "I'm thrilled, as is the whole orchestra and the board," Boyd says of Larionoff's arrival. "I know that our audiences will be also thrilled to have her be our new leader and bring more exciting and fantastic things ahead for the orchestra and the...

Duration:00:13:54

Krista Tippett On Politics And Civility

3/19/2018
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"Political modes of argument and debate have infiltrated all of our spheres," says "On Being" host Krista Tippett. "The way we take up any important subject, even in a community, even in a religious institution, it's very contentious. It's about turning issues into a debate between this extreme and that extreme, it's about competing answers. It's not about what are the questions before us that we all have a stake in. There are some simple things that we can do that are actually very hard...

Duration:00:13:53

Montana Rep's Opening Night Gala Kicks Off 2018 Season

1/18/2018
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Greg Johnson, who has served as artistic director of the Montana Repertory Theatre since 1990, joins Michael Marsolek to talk about the Rep's Opening Night Gala, and their 2018 tour with "On Golden Pond."

Duration:00:09:48

Ballet Beyond Borders Combines Dance And Diplomacy

1/10/2018
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"It's a huge international global cultural exchange where the topic of the week is the role of the arts in human communication," says Charlene Campbell Carey, artistic director for the Rocky Mountain Ballet Theatre . She's describing Ballet Beyond Borders which is happening this week in Missoula. Listen in to learn more.

Duration:00:10:24

'Over There' Examines The Great War Through Four Montana Stories

11/8/2017
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"There are no survivors of this war [WWI] at this time, so we need to be reminded of this particular history," says Barbara Koostra, the executive director of the Montana Museum of Art & Culture. "We are honored to honor veterans and the history of our country and world with "Over There: Montanans in the Great War," Koostra says. She joins UM Professor of Art History and Criticism Rafael Chacón for a look at the exhibition focusing on experiences of individuals from Montana during World...

Duration:00:09:55

Front Row Center: Montana Arts Council

11/8/2017
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Tatiana Gant and Cinda Holt from the Montana Arts Council talk about the Council's efforts to keep the arts strong in Montana. "We're simply the conduit to getting really good work out of the rest of the state. We send resources and dollars everywhere we can," Holt says. "Happy to say we reach 46 out of the 56 ... counties in Montana." Learn more on this episode of "Front Row Center."

Duration:00:09:53

Montana Book Festival Branches Out

9/18/2017
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Karla Theilen the director of the Montana Book Festival preview's the upcoming festival in Missoula. Theilen says the festival has, "kept true to some of the traditions ... in celebrating Montana's celebrated literary figures, and ... moved to another level and introduced a little bit more diverse programming, not just in the types of authors, but also in the types of events we're putting on." Listen in to learn more about the festival's 2017 offerings from Karla Theilen and "The Write...

Duration:00:11:41

Arts And Culture Bring Big Bucks To Missoula

7/17/2017
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Tom Bensen of Arts Missoula joins MTPR's Michael Marsolek with a report on the economic impact of non-profit arts organizations in Missoula County — a whopping $54 million according to a new report from Americans for the Arts. "These are numbers that validate what people already know," Bensen says, "that the arts and culture organizations and people contribute a lot to our economy."

Duration:00:12:15

Summer In Butte: Fireworks, Feast & Folk Festival

6/28/2017
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There's a lot going on in Butte this summer, from the Big Bang fireworks extravaganza to the Montana Folk Festival, and even a Folk Feast, which is part fundraiser and part art event. George Everett, executive director of Main Street Uptown Butte joins MTPR's Michael Marsolek to give you a preview of the summer fun coming up in Butte.

Duration:00:09:48

Nick Spitzer Talks Montana Folk Festival And Celebrating America's Musical Traditions

6/19/2017
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"I just think that Americans, now more than ever, need to be reminded of and celebrate, and just feel good about what great culture we have produced and continue to produce through these community based traditions," says Nick Spitzer, host of American Routes. Spitzer will be back in the state for the Montana Folk Festival in Butte, July 7-9 where he'll join MTPR's Michael Marsolek and the MTPR crew broadcasting live from the festival. In this interview, Spitzer talks about how the Montana...

Duration:00:10:39

'Wow In The World': Scientific Exploration For Curious Kids And Adults

6/2/2017
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Guy Raz says the new "Wow in the World" podcast is, "a chance for us to celebrate scientists and discoverers and technologists and the people who are making our world better and more interesting." "Wow in the World" is a show for curious kids and grown-ups. Hosts Guy Raz and Mindy Thomas join MTPR's Michael Marsolek to talk about using the show to inspire kids to appreciate the amazing things that are happening around the world.

Duration:00:15:17

Montana Repertory Theatre To Perform In China

5/15/2017
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The Montana Repertory Theater, a professional theater-in-residence at the University of Montana, will complete five performances of Harper Lee's landmark play "To Kill a Mockingbird" in Beijing and other locations in China. Greg Johnson, artistic director of the Montana Repertory Theatre says, "We believe this is the first time an American theater company will bring this play to mainland China." Johnson joins Michael Marsolek on this episode of "Front Row Center" to talk more about this...

Duration:00:09:04

Bill Harley: 'My Job Is To Be As Human As I Can Be'

5/10/2017
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Bill Harley — a two-time Grammy award-winning singer, songwriter, author and storyteller — says storytelling is "absolutely central to what it is to be human." Harley's original songs and stories paint a vibrant and hilarious picture of growing up, schooling, and family life. Harley talks about storytelling, learning the cello, and his upcoming Missoula performance in this interview with MTPR's Michael Marsolek.

Duration:00:13:37

40 Years Of 'Honest, Ethical Film-making' At The International Wildlife Film Festival

4/17/2017
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The International Wildlife Film Festival is about "honest, ethical film-making," says Executive Director Mike Steinberg. "It's hard to tell a story about any species without maybe considering the ramifications of the impact that humans are making on the planet ... And we're interested in presenting beautiful, theatrical films." Steinberg joins Michael Marsolek to preview some of the highlights at this week's festival and talk about the festival's vision and 40 year history.

Duration:00:09:50

What's In Store For Western Montana After A Wet Winter?

3/20/2017
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"It was a pretty impressive winter," says Trent Smith from the National Weather Service. "Kalispell and Missoula had some of the coldest average mean temperatures since the late 1970's. And then we ... got a significant amount of snow over this winter. And now that we've transitioned here these past few weeks we're really looking at the flooding issues." Listen now as Smith recaps the weather highlights from this winter and gives a preview of what's in store for western Montana as we...

Duration:00:09:11

Behind The Scenes Of 'Yellowstone in Four Seasons' From MontanaPBS

3/13/2017
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"It's what I call pretty pictures with music," says producer Daniel Dauterive. "It's designed to be a nice break from the world. We're not trying to teach you anything ... we're just saying this is a great park, and here's some great music, enjoy a half hour of letting go of the real world." "Ninety percent of this program is showcasing what the vast majority of people don't get to see about Yellowstone," says Scott Billadeau, who composed and played the music for this movie. Learn more...

Duration:00:12:08

Prestigious Ballet Competition Comes To Missoula

1/6/2017
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The Rocky Mountain Ballet Theatre (RMBT), which is based in Missoula, will once again be hosting the prestigious Vienna International Ballet Experience (VIBE). The five-day international dance challenge will be held in conjunction with the the second annual Art of Diplomacy conference and film festival. Charlene Campbell Carey, the Artistic Director of RMBT and the VIBE U.S.A. Director, discusses how the arts deepen human connections. The events will take place January 10-14, 2016.

Duration:00:11:26

Meteorologist: Why Montana Forecasts Are 'The Most Challenging' In The Country

12/2/2016
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With the first big winter storm of the season headed to western Montana, Marty Whitmore, warning coordination meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Missoula joins Michael Marsolek to talk weather. Whitmore previews the incoming storm, explains what those weather zones (pictured above) mean , and talks about why western Montana is one of the most challenging places to forecast in the country.

Duration:00:13:27