Shows
Coming to you this week from the State Theatre in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota, it's a live broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. With special guests, the Pied Piper of Poetry, Billy Collins, mandolinist and bluegrass ambassador Sam Bush, men's vocal ensemble Cantus, and singer Hilary Thavis. Plus, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors, Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
  • Cantus

    Based in the Twin Cities, Cantus is recognized as one of America's finest professional male vocal ensembles. The artist-led group is known for adventurous programming spanning many periods and genres - chant to spirituals, art song to folk song, Bach to the Beatles. The Washington Post described their sound as having both "exalting finesse" and "expressive power." Among their recordings are That Eternal Day and Christmas with Cantus.
  • Hilary Thavis

    Funny how things come together. Born in Rome, Italy, to parents from Minnesota, Hilary Thavis grew up loving music - especially folk music - from Woody Guthrie to Italian folk singers like Fabrizio De Andre and Francesco De Gregori. But it was the blues that ultimately captured her attention. Trouble & Truth is the 2011 recording from her band Gaia Groove. Now making her home in the Twin Cities, Hilary is working on a solo album of original songs.
  • Billy Collins

    Billy Collins was twice appointed United States poet laureate and also served as New York State poet laureate. In 2004, he was selected as the inaugural recipient of the Poetry Foundation's Mark Twain Award for humor in poetry. The poems in Questions About Angels; Picnic, Lightning; Sailing Alone Around the Room; Nine Horses; The Trouble with Poetry; Ballistics, and his other best-selling books have sparked a firestorm of interest in the art. Aimless Love (Random House) is his latest collection. Voyage (Bunker Hill Publishing) is his first book designed for young readers.