At the Chosen Spot
This week: we're at the CMAC Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center in Canandaigua, New York for a live broadcast at the tip of the Finger Lakes. Pianist and classically contrary essayist Jeremy Denk will dazzle with works from iconic composers and modern-day masters. Singer Heather Masse joins us to blend folk, jazz, pop, bluegrass - and pretty much every other genre you can think of - into one luminescent alto package. And The DiGiallonardo Sisters venture North out of their natural Brooklyn habitat to stack up their three-part harmonies on classic tunes and appear in a few scripts. Plus: our Royal Academy of Radio Actors, Sue Scott, Tim Russell, and Fred Newman, delivers a triple-barreled blast of humor and pathos; pianist and music director Rich Dworsky and the Iroquois Quintet (Jeff Carney, Bernie Dresel, Richard Kriehn, and Chris Siebold) provide a perfect soundtrack for an early (meteorological) summer evening; and the latest News from Lake Wobegon, where we can finally leave all the windows open overnight. It's all beamed straight to your radio with the ongoing support of our extremely forgiving friends at Powdermilk Biscuits, the Catchup Advisory Board, and Bebopareebop Rhubarb Pie.
This week: we're rolling into Detroit, Michigan, for a live broadcast from the 313's grand old picture palace, the Fox Theatre. The National Arab Orchestra Takht Ensemble will join us, directed by Michael Ibrahim and featuring singers Usama Baalbaki and Ghada Derbas. Broadway belter Christine DiGiallonardo will go note for note with the host in duets, and add a Brooklyn twist to this week's scripts. The young jazz musicians of the KDJ Trio will give us a taste of what's next from the Motor City sound. And poet Jim Daniels will read a few pieces informed by his experiences growing up in and around Detroit. Plus: our Royal Academy of Radio Actors, Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, will bend reality with their character impressions, and realistic animal sounds and explosions; radio rumble and backbeats from Rich Dworsky and the Internal Combustion Combo (Bernie Dresel, Larry Kohut, Richard Kriehn, and Chris Siebold); and an update on the latest News from Lake Wobegon, the tiny town that time forgot and the decades cannot improve. Find us down on the Public Radio end of the dial or tune in online this Saturday.
A Spring That Love Remembers
This week, we're heading to Vienna, Virginia for a live broadcast from the Filene Center at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, where the wolves howl up on the big hill. You've heard their musical accomplishments as solo artists, but now singers Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, and Aoife O'Donovan will debut their knockout I'm With Her trio stateside after a much-lauded barnstorming tour through Europe. The crack instrumentalists of the United States Navy Band join us to boost the public radio esprit de corps and kick off the Memorial Day weekend with a few marches, patriotic selections, and orchestral features. Plus, our Royal Academy of Radio Actors, Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, will lend their voices to some over-the-air theater; and music director and pianist Rich Dworsky will lead The Wolves of Rhythm (Bernie Dresel on drums, bassist Larry Kohut, Richard Kriehn on mandolin and fiddle, and guitarist Chris Siebold) on some hot jazz and rock 'n' roll favorites. All that and the latest News from Lake Wobegon, and you have the perfect recipe for the start of summer (or something like it). Fire up the grill and the radio and we'll see you Saturday evening.
This week: a rebroadcast featuring two shows from the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia, one from May 2010 and another from just last season, May 2014. Tune in for some of the finest Southern music out there, including Suzy Bogguss belting out Merle Haggard's "Today I Started Loving You Again," Bryan Sutton putting on a flatpicking clinic with "Hangman's Reel," and The Steep Canyon Rangers showing off their a capella skills on "Can't Sit Down." Plus, Lynn Peterson and Garrison sing a few songs in Norwegian to celebrate Syttende Mai; our acting company - Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Georgia's own Fred Newman - ramps up the radio drama; and Rich Dworsky and The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band. In Lake Wobegon, the war between the Lutheran Church's Pastor Haugen and his secretary Marlene intensifies.
Magic in the Place
This week: We head to Nashville, Tennessee for a live broadcast from the Ryman Auditorium "The Mother Church of Country Music," where the afternoon sun streams through the stained glass windows and casts everyone in a good light. Bluegrass statesman Ricky Skaggs will be there along with his wife, singer Sharon White, and his band Kentucky Thunder - featuring harmonies and hot solos that'll make you wanna holler. Bluesman Keb' Mo' will join us to bring the sultry sounds of the Mississippi Delta to the banks of the Cumberland. Stuart Duncan will add his flawless fiddling to the band, and singer Christine DiGillanardo will sing duets with the host, and songs of old that were performed at the Ryman back when it was a gospel house. Plus, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors, Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman; music director and pianist Rich Dworsky with Richard Kriehn on mandolin and fiddle; Chris Siebold, guitar; Todd Parks, bass, and Chris Brown on drums. The latest News from Lake Wobegon plus a script here, and a faithful sponsor there, and we'll see you on the radio.
Good Enough is Enough
This week, we're heading to Goshen, Indiana, for a live broadcast from the Sauder Concert Hall at Goshen College. It's a singing show from a big town with a rich tradition of harmony and participation in song. The hometown Goshen College Chamber Choir will shore up Michiana's reputation for choral excellence with sacred and secular pieces. We're looking to entice the audience to sing along, and hoping to hear big voices from the farthest reaches of the hall. Indianapolis-born sister duo Lily and Madeleine will sing in breathtaking sibling harmony their songs of longing and heartache and paradise found. And Goshen College student Ethan Setiawan will show us why he recently became the youngest person to be named National Mandolin Champion. On top of it all: the Royal Academy of Radio Actors - Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman; music director and good-time pianist Richard Dworsky with triple-threat Richard Kriehn on mandolin and fiddle and guitar; and of course the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
Dig the Say
Our live broadcasts continue this week from The Town Hall deep in the heart of Manhattan, with special guests Brooklyn Rider, a string quartet hailed as "the future of chamber music." And rightly so. This wildly imaginative bunch pushes the sonic envelope on everything from the classics to contemporary pieces. Folk trio The Wailin' Jennys will bring their effortless harmonies to the show, and although two-thirds of the trio are Canadian, we can't help but claim them as our own when they're South of their border. Poet Sharon Olds, known for her intensely (and sometimes graphically) personal and scorching commentary on everyday life, will join us to read a few poems. And to round it off, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors, Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and sound effects man Fred Newman; and pianist and music director Richard Dworsky with The Dworsky New York Orchestra: Jeff Carney, Bernie Dresel, Richard Kriehn, and Chris Siebold. They're all in mid-season form and at the top of their game. Toss a couple of scripts and sponsors into the mix, along with the latest News from Lake Wobegon, and you've got yourselves a show. Tune in, and we'll see you on the radio.
Forever in Our Ears
Coming to you this week from the historic Town Hall in New York City, it's a live broadcast with special guests, women's vocal ensemble Anonymous 4 with multi-instrumentalist Bruce Molsky, renegade songwriter Nellie McKay, and Bensonhurst harmonizers The DiGiallonardo Sisters. Plus, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors, Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman; pianist and musical director Richard Dworsky with The Dworsky New York Orchestra (Jeff Carney on bass, drummer Bernie Dresel, Richard Kriehn on mandolin and fiddle, and guitarist Chris Siebold); and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
A Perfectly Good Wilderness
This week: we return to live broadcasts at The Town Hall on West 43rd Street in New York City, with special guests, soprano Renee Fleming, pianist Rob Fisher, and vocalists Aoife O'Donovan and Heather Masse. Plus, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors, Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman; music director and pianist Richard Dworsky with The 7th Avenue Band (Jeff Carney on bass, drummer Jonathan Dresel, Richard Kriehn on mandolin and fiddle, harmonicist Howard Levy, and guitarist Chris Siebold); and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
West Texas Waltz
This week: the last of our spring rebroadcasts, originally from April 2013 at the City Bank Auditorium in Lubbock, Texas. The Flatlanders perform "Not That Much Has Changed" and Ashley Monroe sings "Morning After," and Garrison chats with Travis Holley and Peggy Sue Gerron about Lubbock's own Buddy Holly. In Lake Wobegon, Donny Krebsbach ventures onto the lake in search of early spring ice fishing.