University of Montana professor of music Steven Hesla whose playing has been described as intensely vibrant, passionate, resolute and expressively pyrotechnic is presenting an evening of classical and contemporary piano pieces at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Hamilton High Schools Performing Arts Center. Bach, Beethoven, Liszt and Chopin will represent the classical composers in the program, followed in the second half by the modern works of Gershwin, Debussy, Ravel and Prokofiev. Hesla designed the program specifically for its accessibility and appeal, choosing works that represent a wide range of styles and composers. Tickets are $10 for adults, $1 for students, available at the door.
Missoula artist Sheila Miles and the Art Museum of Missoula are offering a family art day in conjunction with Miles museum exhibit. From 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Miles is giving a gallery talk and then guiding kids and grownups through a hands-on art project. Shell discuss her work in the exhibit, Sheila Miles: In the Neighborhood (one of the pieces is shown above); the art project also encourages visitors to depict their own families, friends, neighbors and neighborhoods. Cost is $5 a person; register online at www.artmissoula.org or by calling the museum at 728-0447. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Saturday is the last day to see the exhibit.