This week on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, it's a live broadcast performance from The Town Hall in New York City. With special guests, folk duo The Milk Carton Kids, soprano Ellie Dehn, mezzo-soprano Heather Johnson, and vocalist Heather Masse. Also with us, 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.
  • Ellie Dehn

    Soprano Ellie Dehn has appeared in many of the world's leading opera houses, from the Metropolitan Opera to Teatro alla Scala and Bayerische Staatsoper. But her love of music started during her childhood in Anoka, Minnesota. She was raised in a musical home - the granddaughter of a Minnesota Orchestra flutist and the daughter of a piano teacher - and she went on to study at Oberlin Conservatory of Music and the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia.
  • Heather Johnson

    Mezzo-soprano Heather Johnson was born and raised in a musical family in White Bear Lake, Minnesota, and fell under opera's spell while working on a music degree at St. Olaf College. Since completing a master's at the Manhattan School of Music, she has received critical acclaim for her work on both the opera and concert stage, performing with Glimmerglass Opera, Minnesota Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, New York City Opera, and the Metropolitan Opera, among others. Piano: Laurent Philippe.
  • 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.
  • The Milk Carton Kids

    Two voices, two guitars - sometimes that's all it takes. Case in point: The Milk Carton Kids. Los Angeles-based singer-songwriters Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan spent a decade pursuing separate careers before they formed a duo two years ago, taking the name from the title of one of their songs, "Milk Carton Kid." With their close harmonies, deft guitar work, and deadpan humor, they quickly built a wide and devoted following. Earlier this year, they released their third album, The Ash & Clay (Anti Records).