This week on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, while our crew readjusts to Central Time and prepares for our season opener, one final summer repeat - a show originally from November 2011 at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. The St. Olaf Orchestra and St. Olaf Choir team up for "Fields of Gold," Garrison and Philip Brunelle highlight a few lesser-known Choir pianists, and Heather Masse sings "A Distant Melody." In Lake Wobegon, exiles return home for Thanksgiving.
  • Heather Masse

    Growing up in rural Maine, Heather Masse sang hymns and folk songs around home with her family. Now based in New York, this New England Conservatory of Music alum is a one-third of the Juno Award-winning Canadian trio The Wailin' Jennys. Lock My Heart is her recording with piano legend Dick Hyman. A new album, August Love Song - on which she joins forces with trombone great Roswell Rudd - was recently released on Red House Records.
  • Philip Brunelle

    Philip Brunelle is an internationally renowned conductor, choral scholar, and performer. He is also the founder and artistic director of Minneapolis-based VocalEssence, one of America's premier choral arts organizations. His many awards include the Royal Order of the Polar Star from the King of Sweden and Commander of the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit. In July of 1974, Philip appeared on the very first live broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion.
  • The St. Olaf Choir

    The St. Olaf Choir, under the direction of Anton Armstrong, performs with the same choral excellence and artistry listeners have come to expect since the group's founding in 1912 by F. Melius Christiansen, a pioneer of a cappella choral singing in America. Based at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, the 75-voice choir has appeared in major concert halls from New York City to Los Angeles, Scandinavia to China. Among their recordings is Great Hymns of Faith (St. Olaf Records).
  • St. Olaf Orchestra

    Richard Ostling of Time magazine once said that the St. Olaf Orchestra "has to be one of the best college orchestras in the nation." The ensemble has had more than a hundred years to get that way, dating back to the beginning of the 20th century, when it was guided by F. Melius Christiansen, also founding conductor of the St. Olaf Choir. In addition to its annual tours of the United States, the St. Olaf Orchestra, under the direction of Steven Amundson, has performed in Europe and will travel to China next spring.