Art, Music, and Dance

Calendar of Events

Live Events:

Friday - April 9th, 2021

6 - 7 PM: Aloha Friday Live Show

WorldFest is happy to help promote this event for their friends from the UM Pacific Islanders Club, as part of their “Aloha Week Festival”. Aloha Week Festival details are at

Live Stream


Saturday - April 10th, 2021

10 - 11 AM: Traditional Irish Singing Workshop for Beginners

Learn traditional songs in Irish from Fulbright FLTA @ University of Montana Jane Ní Luasa. Jane is from Gougane Barra, Co. Cork, Ireland. Learn songs and the history of song in Ireland. Beginners welcome!

Access the video on the Global Engagement Office - University of Montana Facebook page


Sunday - April 11th, 2021

3 - 5 PM: WorldFest at Living Arts Festival!  Traditional Fiddle Session with Maggie Gammons and Friends

Join us on the oval for a session of traditional fiddle music from around the world! We will be playing fiddle, guitar, mandolin, and penny whistles, featuring tunes from Ireland, Scotland, Scandinavia, Canada, and the US. All musicians, singers, and dancers are welcome to join the fun. 

Location: UM Oval at Living Arts Festival

WorldFest Tip: Please see section “In-Person Events” for more info on the Living Arts Festival.


5 - 6 PM: Aloha Week Finale Performance

WorldFest is happy to help promote this event for their friends from the  UM Pacific Islanders Club, as the finale to their “Aloha Week Festival”. Aloha Week Festival details are at

Live Stream


5 - 6 PM: WorldFest at Living Arts Festival!:  Latin Dance Infusion of Salsa

Put a little SPRING in your step with this hour-long, high-energy, and tons-of-fun SALSA fusion, booty-shaking dance experience. Let’s DANCE!! All levels. All beings. 12 lucky people can join (due to covid restrictions) but we welcome socially distanced spectators too. Please pre-register for this event to reserve your spot at the link below, or register as a walk-on (space permitting) at the Living Arts check-in booth. Brought to you by Jennifer Corbin and the Downtown Dance Collective.

Time and Place: UM Oval at Living Arts Festival, Sunday, April 11, 5-6 PM

Sign-Up Link: Pre-register using this link! Please note: it is a Zoom link, but that is just for registration purposes. This event will be held in person on the Oval.

WorldFest Tip: Please see section “In-Person Events” for more info on the Living Arts Festival.


7:30 PM:  BEYOND WORDS: A University of Montana Choral Livestream Event

Join University of Montana Chamber Chorale and University Choir for a live-stream concert event that will explore and test the extremes of human connection and emotion. Chamber Chorale will perform Haitian-American composer Sydney Guillaume's "Anmwe," featuring UM faculty member and soprano Katie Martin. "Anmwe," composed on original Creole text written by the composer's father, explores the depths of human grief in a gripping choral composition that, like grief itself, does not let go. Chamber Chorale will also perform Adolphus Hailstork's intensely dramatic arrangement of "Go Down, Moses." University Choir ensembles will feature two student conductors, Leasi Mana and Tianna Thurston, who will conduct a choral arrangement of a revenge aria from Handel's opera Giulio Cesare. Meanwhile, another University Choir ensemble will seek relevance from a different angle in Artemisia's arrangement of Alexandra Olsavsky's "What Happens When a Woman [takes power]," complete with body percussion. For all of us who have spent the last year experiencing big emotions in confined spaces, this concert is not to be missed.

Tickets are free for UM faculty, staff and students, and $7 for the general public (UM fac/staff/students just need to select their number of devices next to "UM School of Music Faculty & Students" instead of "General Admission - 1 device - $7")

Get Your Tickets here


Prerecorded (prerecorded events will be available beginning April 9th):

Welcome to the WorldFest 2021!

UM Chamber Choral: FROZEN WORDS Virtual Concert

Join the University of Montana Choirs on an artistic journey from winter to spring, with FROZEN WORDS: a virtual concert.  Watch the UM Chamber Chorale give the world premiere of Missoula composer Michael Rosbarsky’s “February,” on text by Montana poet Mike Logan. Enjoy University Choir and Chamber Chorale in performances of music from the Philippines, Macedonia, France, Finland, Poland, and the United States. Thaw your soul for spring with Mia Makaroff’s pop-Classical fusion a cappella hit, “Butterfly,” performed by the Chamber Chorale. Click here to download the Concert program.

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Montana Museum of Art and Culture (MMAC) African Art Exhibition :  Virtual or In-Person Tours Available.

MMAC invites WorldFest Days patrons to visit thei new exhibition “ Homage to Africa: The Hoyt and Shepherd Collections, running now through April 21 in the Paxson and Meloy Galleries in UM’s PARTV Center.  These two Montana-based private collections reveal the richness and splendor of African art in the post-colonial period and the diverse world views of the distinct societies that created it. For more information about the exhibit click here. To view the exhibit,  visit their website at for virtual docent tours. Socially-distanced tours can be scheduled by contacting Jill Johns at 406-243-4970 or e-mailing:


Chinese New Year festival

Rocky Mountain Ballet Theatre celebrated Chinese New Year - the year of the OX 2021 - with a performance on the Zootown Arts Community Center's Virtual Sessions in February 2021.  On this recording are performances of the Tibetan Dance, Guangxi Dance, Mongolian Dance, the classic Bamboo Hat Dance along with Chinese song, and a few RMBT American favorites.  RMBT has a long history of ties with China, beginning in 2008 and a tour to Beijing, Shanghai and Guilin prior to the Olympics.  Former ballerina with the National Ballet of China, Ms. Ming Yan Cui Davis, has set these dances on the RMBT dancers since 2008.  In Jan. of 2020 she restaged  "Red Ribbon Dance" and choreographed "Farewell" for the dancers.  We hope you enjoy -- xie xie!

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UM World Rhythms Spring 2021 Concert

The UM World Rhythms Concert features the music of the Caribbean, Brazil, West Africa, Middle East, Cuba and even a little bit of the British Pop Group, The Police!  The concert features several ensembles starting with the UM Islanders Steel Band performing Music Makers by Mexican Composer Juan Garcia Esquivel and Fire and Steel by Trinidad composer Mark Loquan.  The Brazilian Ensemble will perform a Batucada (percussion solo) based on Samba Reggae from the Bahia region of Brazil followed by the West African group which will perform two dance pieces from Guinea, West Africa – Yankadi/Macru and Sorsonet.  The first ever Middle Eastern ensemble will perform a piece based upon the Maqsum rhythm which is used to accompany belly dancers.  Then the UM Salsa Band featuring the top horn players in the UM Jazz Program will perform  Baila Me Gente by Poncho Sanchez and the classic tune A Night In Tunisia by Dizzy Gillespie.  As an encore, the concert concludes with a collaboration with the UM University Choir performing a Covid 19 twist on Don’t Stand So Close to Me by Sting (of the Police).  Hope you enjoy!!

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Salish Kootenai Artist/Educator Corky Clairmont

Filmed at Missoula Art Museum (MAM) Corky Clairmont shares his artwork and discusses the cultural context for the creation of his art. Provided by The OPI Indian Education Division

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Introduction to Powwow

IEFA Video clip from the 2019 Last Chance Community Powwow in Helena, MT. For more information about powwows check out our resource called - Your Guide to Understanding and Enjoying Powwows - which is located on our Indian Education website (Last Chance Powwow 2019-Helena, MT). Provided by: MT OPI Indian Education Division. Your Guide to Understanding and Enjoying Pow Wows: Download this free and informative guide which is intended to help the reader better understand and enjoy the events and activities which occur at many of the plains area pow wows and celebrations.  Produced by the MT OPI Indian Education for All.

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The Power Of The Drum

The power of the drum, when accompanied by the human voice helps to maintain and revitalize American Indian cultures. Producer Mike Jetty has first-hand knowledge about both. Provided by: MT OPI Indian Education Division.

The Power of the Drum


A Day In The Life Of A Tribal Drummer

Oral storytellers, cultural stewards and Montana's original people. A day in the life of Blackfoot Confederacy. Provided by MT OPI Indian Education Division, from Montana Office of Tourism.

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Crow Hip Hop Artist Supaman

Crow hip hop artist Supaman (Christopher Parrish) performs and talks about his music. Provided by: MT OPI Indian Education Division

Supaman (Crow Musician)



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