This week: we're back in The City That Never Sleeps for the second of three broadcasts from The Town Hall in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. Maestro Rob Fisher directs the Broadway Local Chorus, a 16-member choir featuring the best singers on The Great White Way; we welcome Carter Brey, the principal cellist of the New York Philharmonic, for classical features and insight into what cellists think about as they play; and singer Christine DiGiallonardo steps into the light with her Brooklyn je ne sais quoi. The Royal Academy of Radio Actors, Sue Scott, Tim Russell, and Fred Newman, give their impressions of the presidential hopefuls; pianist and music director Rich Dworsky leads our lissome house band (Bernie Dresel on drums, bassist Larry Kohut, Richard Kriehn on mandolin and fiddle, and Chris Siebold, guitar) through a musical maze and a tribute to the late, great Merle Haggard; and the host reports the latest News from Lake Wobegon, as spring showers charm buds into bloom. Find us on a crystal set or car stereo, or watch the show live (Saturday evening, 5pm to 7pm Central Time) at!
  • Carter Brey

    Carter Brey remembers when his father brought home a recording of Benjamin Britten's The Young People's Guide to the Orchestra. Only four or five, young Carter fell in love with the sound of the strings. And although he started violin lessons at age nine, he found his true calling - the cello - three years later, in junior high. By 1981, he had risen to international attention as a prizewinner in the Rostropovich International Cello Competition. Since 1996, he has been principal cellist of the New York Philharmonic. His recordings include The Latin American Album (Helicon Records), with Christopher O'Riley.
  • Rob Fisher

    Rob Fisher is an internationally recognized authority on American music and musical theater. He has been a guest of virtually every major orchestra in the U.S. as conductor or pianist, and he has made numerous appearances on the Lyrics & Lyricists series at the 92nd Street Y. For his work on the Tony Award-winning Encores! series at New York's City Center, he was presented the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Special Achievement.
  • The Broadway Local Chorus

    On Broadway and venues across the globe, musical theater depends on gifted singers. Some of the best join us tonight: Ross Benoliel, Charissa Bertels, Ward Billeisen, Joshua Bouchard, Kerry Conte, Nicolas Davila, Christine DiGiallonardo, Leah Edwards, Leah Horowitz, Timothy McDevitt, Jason Mills, Lindsay O'Neil, Jacqueline Petroccia, Lindsay Roberts, Glenn Seven Allen, and J.D. Webster.
  • 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 band - April 9, 2016

    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."