This week's classic rebroadcast: we'll revisit an April 2015 show from The Town Hall in New York City, New York. Brooklyn Rider perform "Show Me" and "Little Birdie," The Wailin' Jennys sing "Deeper Well" and Gillian Welch's "Orphan Girl," and poet Sharon Olds reads "Material Ode" and "Where She Is Now." Plus: Rich Dworsky and the Dworsky New York Orchestra play "I Can See Summer," a script for National Poetry Month and a word from Fred Farrell Animal Calls. In Lake Wobegon, Arlene Bunsen counsels her goddaughter Charlotte against taking up the trombone.
  • Brooklyn Rider

    Strings magazine called Brooklyn Rider "the future of chamber music." With their eclectic repertoire, forward-thinking approach, and abundant energy, this Brooklyn-based string quartet has been blazing an unconventional musical trail since forming a decade ago. From Carnegie Hall to the San Francisco Jazz Festival to the Telluride Bluegrass Festival and South by Southwest, the group continues to challenge our perceptions of classical music. Their latest recording is Brooklyn Rider Almanac (Mercury Classics). Johnny Gandelsman (violin), Colin Jacobsen (violin), Nicholas Cords (viola), Eric Jacobsen (cello).
  • The Wailin' Jennys

    When The Wailin' Jennys first got together in 2002, it was supposed to be a one-time gig. But the collaboration proved a huge success, and this Juno Award-winning trio continues to wow audiences across North America and beyond. "This is about as good as contemporary folk gets," one music critic wrote. It has been 11 years since they released 40 Days, their first full-length recording. The latest CD from Ruth Moody, Nicky Mehta, and Heather Masse is 2011's Bright Morning Stars (Red House Records).
  • Sharon Olds

    In 1980, Sharon Olds published her first book of poems, Satan Says. It received the inaugural San Francisco Poetry Center Award. Her most recent collection is 2012's Stag's Leap (Alfred A. Knopf), for which she won the Pulitzer Prize. She teaches at New York University's Graduate Program in Creative Writing and is involved in NYU's outreach workshops for residents of Goldwater Hospital on Roosevelt Island, and for veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. From 1998 to 2000, she was New York State Poet Laureate.
  • 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 Dworsky New York Orchestra

    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 released many recordings of original material and has provided music for documentaries on HBO and PBS.
    Bassist Jeff Carney is always in demand -- in Broadway orchestras, on jingles and film soundtracks, and as accompanist for jazz giants and popular music stars. A professor of double bass and electric bass at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, he is also principal bassist with the New York Pops Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, and has appeared with the New York Philharmonic, the San Francisco Symphony, and more.
    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.
    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.
    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.
  • Sue Scott

    Since 1992, Prairie Home fans have heard Sue Scott play everything from well-intentioned moms and ditzy teenagers to Guy Noir stunners and leathery crones who've smoked one pack of Camel straights too many. She recently climbed back on stage in a variety of theater roles. She is well known for her commercial and voice-over work on radio and television, as well as 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."