Coming to you this week from The Town Hall in New York City, it's a live broadcast performance of A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. With special guests, masters of many musical moods, The Bacon Brothers, and composer Peter Schickele and the Semi-Pro Musica Antiqua. Also with us, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Sue Scott, Tim Russell, Erica Rhodes, and Fred Newman; The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band; and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
  • The Bacon Brothers

    The Bacon Brothers, Michael and Kevin, grew up in Philadelphia with their four sisters in a home filled with music. Michael became an award-winning composer for film and television; Kevin went on to a prolific stage and screen career. But there's something about singing with your sibling. In 1995, the two formed a band. Now, they tour frequently and have released seven albums to date. The most recent is their 2011 compilation,Philadelphia Road: The Best of the Bacon Brothers (Soulfood). The band: Paul Guzzone (bass), Joe Mennonna (keys), Ira Siegel (guitar), Frank Vilardi (drums).
  • Peter Schickele and the Semi-Pro Musica Antiqua

    Versatile - that's one way to describe Peter Schickele. He is a composer, musician, author, satirist, and the mastermind behind the compositions of P.D.Q. Bach, whose "illustrious father gave him no training in music whatsoever." Born in Ames, Iowa, and brought up in Washington, D.C., and Fargo, North Dakota, he earned music degrees from Swarthmore and the Juilliard School, where he later taught. He has written more than 100 pieces for symphony orchestras, choral groups, chamber ensembles, voice, movies, and television. And his works have been recorded on numerous albums, including 2011's A Year in the Catskills (Naxos). The Semi-Pro Musica Antiqua: Brian Dougherty (tenor), Michele Eaton (soprano), Diva Goodfriend-Koven (piccolo), John Moses (E-flat clarinet), Melanie Feld (English horn), Andy Stein (baritone sax), Daniel Hane (contrabassoon).