Montana Public Radio will celebrate the 100th birthday of late American composer Leonard Bernstein with special music and programs beginning Monday, Aug. 20.


“Leonard Bernstein at 100” is MTPR’s weeklong celebration highlighting the life and works of the composer, conductor, educator, musician, cultural ambassador and humanitarian.

“We’re happy to help listeners celebrate one of the greatest American composers,” MTPR Program Director Michael Marsolek said. “Bernstein’s influence can be felt in classical music, opera, ballet movies, Broadway, jazz and more.”

Special programs include the “Monday Music Special,” featuring an hour of music, listener remembrances and an interview with Bernstein’s oldest daughter. The program, produced by Helena Symphony Orchestra conductor Allan R. Scott, airs at 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 20.

MTPR’s John Arvish will celebrate the jazz side of Bernstein on “What I Like About Jazz” from 8 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22. A special on Bernstein produced by American Public Media will air at 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24.

Scott also will host a special music show following the opera at 2 p.m. on Bernstein’s birthday, Saturday, Aug. 25.

The week ends with a special “Sunday Symphony” performance of Bernstein music by the Helena Symphony Orchestra and Choral, recorded in May and airing at 9 p.m.

MTPR also will feature Bernstein selections each day during its normal classical music programs – “Morning Classics” from 9 to 11 a.m. and “Performance Today” from 2 to 4 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday.

MTPR Montana Public Radio is a public service of the University of Montana and broadcasts on 89.1 (KUFM) and  91.5 Missoula, K218AI); 91.9 Hamilton (KUFN); 89.5 Polson (KPJH); 90.1 Kalispell, Whitefish, North Valley (KUKL); 90.5 Libby (KUFL); 91.7 Kalispell (K219BN); 101.3 Swan Lake (K267BJ); 91.3 Butte (KAPC); 91.7 Helena (KUHM); 91.7 Dillon (K219DN); and 89.9 Great Falls (KGPR).