MTPR

Michael Marsolek

Program Director

Michael Marsolek is the program director of Montana Public Radio. He also hosts Tuesday Freeforms and Thursday Morning Classics. 

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"Morgan and Merlin: Swords, Sorcery, and How to be a Hero;" the 2018 Montana Repertory Theatre Educational Outreach Tour.
Montana Repertory Theatre

The Montana Repertory Theatre's 2018 Education Outreach Tour starts September 4. Teresa Waldorf, educational outreach coordinator for the Theatre previews this year's program, "Morgan and Merlin: Swords, Sorcery, and How to be a Hero," and talks about the Theater's mission.

Tim Fain plays violin at Montana Public Radio, August 6, 2018.
Nick Mott / Montana Public Radio

Tim Fain plays two pieces for solo violin and talks about his upcoming performances in Whitefish, Berlin and beyond.

When it comes to solo violin, Fain says, "There's something very satisfying ... being able to take the music wherever I go. That music could be easily performed whether it's down the Grand Canyon, or around a campfire up in the mountains, or anywhere, at a friend's house ... Some of these pieces really become a part of me in a way, and I'm grateful for that opportunity to really exlore that sound world."

A sign at the 2017 Montana Folk Festival. The 2018 Montana Folk Festival takes place July 13-15 in Butte, MT.
Josh Burnham

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 represent those genres every year."

Please share your thoughts so we can air your remembrances on a Leonard Bernstein special this August.

What has the music of Leonard Bernstein meant to you? You can help us commemorate Bernstein's 100th birthday on the radio. Leave a message at (406) 243-4366 and your comments may be broadcast during "Bernstein 100 Week," August 20-26, 2018.

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.

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