This week: it's back to The Town Hall in New York City for the first of three consecutive live broadcasts from West 43rd Street. Our post-Thanksgiving spread includes phenomenal pianist and classical music ambassador Jeremy Denk, whose ease and virtuosity makes you wish you'd have stuck with your own lessons a bit longer. And from Baltimore, the girls' quartet GQ joins us with their precise a capella harmonies that delight everyone within earshot and the microphones and speakers, too. Plus YouTube sensation Melanie Torres makes her radio debut with a menagerie of vocal animal sounds, some set to music. And there's the cornucopia of scripts (a word allowed only once a year) featuring our Royal Academy of Radio Actors, Tim Russell, Sue Scott and Fred Newman - and who knows, maybe a celebrity or two will drop by in the big city. Pianist and music director Rich Dworsky presents "Falling Together," an original composition, backed by The November Boys - the best band in radio - (drummer Bernie Dresel, bassist Larry Kohut, Richard Kriehn on mandolin and fiddle, and Chris Siebold on guitar), and the host has all the latest News from Lake Wobegon, where the days are getting shorter and the nights are getting longer. We'll see you on the radio Saturday evening.
  • Jeremy Denk

    Jeremy Denk is one of America's most thought-provoking, multifaceted, and compelling artists - "a pianist you want to hear no matter what he performs," said the New York Times. Among other projects, he is an Artistic Partner of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. Also a respected writer, Denk's articles have appeared in The New Yorker, The Guardian, the New York Times Book Review, and more. His recording J.S. Bach: Goldberg Variations (Nonesuch) reached No. 1 on Billboard's Classical Chart.
  • GQ

    GQ started in 2011 when Katie Gillis picked Ali Hauger, Katie Macdonald, and Amanda McNutt to be part of a vocal jazz project at Towson University, where the four were students. Since then, this Baltimore-based female a cappella quartet has raked in awards and accolades for their sweet harmonies and innovative arrangements. They compete in a cappella and barbershop competitions, and their album, GQ, features a variety of genres, from folk and jazz to barbershop and original compositions.
  • Melanie Torres

    Melanie Torres has always loved animals. And when the Easton, Connecticut, native and Pennsylvania State University student was studying abroad in New Zealand, her pals discovered her talent for making animal noises. They encouraged her to post a video to YouTube - a performance of wildlife sounds that has now gone viral. Mel is currently a research assistant in the graduate program of Murray State University's Watershed Studies Institute.
  • Garrison Keillor

    Garrison Keillor was born in 1942 in Anoka, Minnesota. He went to work for Minnesota Public Radio in 1969, and on July 6, 1974, he hosted the first broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion in St. Paul. He is the host of The Writer's Almanac and the editor of the Good Poems series of anthologies from Viking.
  • Rich Dworsky and The November Boys - November 28, 2015

    Richard Dworsky Keyboardist, composer, and arranger Richard Dworsky is APHC's music director. He leads the band, composes themes, improvises script underscores, and collaborates with such diverse guests as Yo-Yo Ma, James Taylor, Brad Paisley, Kristin Chenoweth, and Sheryl Crow. He has provided music for documentaries on HBO and PBS, and has released many recordings of original material, including his latest, All In Due Time. Bernie Dresel Bernie Dresel has been in the percussion game since he got his first drum kit at the age of two. After graduating from the Eastman School of Music, he headed to Los Angeles. He's worked with countless artists, from Chaka Khan and Maynard Ferguson to David Byrne and Brian Wilson, and spent 15 years with the Brian Setzer Orchestra. He currently plays with Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band and heads up his own 12-piece funk band, BERN. Larry Kohut Bassist Larry Kohut has played on dozens of albums and many film scores, as well as performing with jazz artists such as Patricia Barber, Mel Torme, Vincent Colaiuta, and Tony Bennett. In addition, he is an adjunct faculty member at Columbia College Chicago, where he teaches acoustic and electric bass. Richard Kriehn When Richard Kriehn turned 10, his mom bought him a mandolin; at 19, he'd won the Buck White International Mandolin Contest. He went on to play with the Nashville Mandolin Ensemble and bluegrass group 1946. On the classical side, he has performed with numerous orchestras and was principal second violin for the Washington/Idaho Symphony. Chris Siebold Bluegrass to big band jazz, Chris Siebold knows his way around a guitar - or a bunch of other instruments, for that matter. Based in Chicago, he draws from a deep well of influences and styles, and has put his talents to work in ensembles such as Howard Levy's Acoustic Express and Kick the Cat. In 2010, he formed the band Psycles, whose album Live at Martyrs' was released the following year.
  • Tim Russell

    One minute he's mild-mannered Tim Russell; the next he's George Bush or Julia Child or Barack Obama. We've yet to stump this man of many voices. Says fellow APHC actor Sue Scott, "He does a better Ira Glass than Ira Glass." A well-known Twin Cities radio personality and voice actor, Tim appeared in the Robert Altman film A Prairie Home Companion and the Coen brothers' A Serious Man. Tim has also been reviewing films professionally for over 10 years.
  • Sue Scott

    On APHC, Sue Scott plays everything from ditzy teenagers to Guy Noir stunners to leathery crones who've smoked one pack of Camel straights too many. The Tucson, Arizona, native is well known for her extensive commercial and voice-over work on radio and television, as well as stage and movie roles, including the part of "Donna" in Robert Altman's A Prairie Home Companion.
  • Fred Newman

    Sound effects man Fred Newman is an actor, writer, musician, and sound designer for film and TV. Turns out, no one is more surprised than Fred that he's made a career out of doing what he used to do behind the teacher's back -crossing his eyes, making sounds, and doing voices. He readily admits that, growing up, he was unceremoniously removed from several classrooms, "once by my bottom lip."