Special Guests
Saturday, June 13, 1998

The Durango Children's Chorale was founded by current director Diane Van Den Berg and is now in its 15th consecutive season. Today's choir is made up of more than two dozen singers, ranging in age from eight to 16. The Chorale rehearses weekly, makes frequent Four Corner-region appearances, and occasionally tours. Recently, the organization performed in Telluride, Colorado; the Washington National Cathedral; and three live concerts in Durango with the Dave Brubeck Quartet. The Children's Chorale is a project of the Durango Choral Society. Appearing on today's program are Molly Alderton, Allison Barker, Mary Baty, Morgan Bond, Megan Cassidy, Micaela Cooley, Maria Creech, David Fisher, Taylor Fleming-Henning, Anne Gillis, Alta Graham, Jeffrey Graves, Laurie Hakes, Meredith Haspel, Scotty Howard, Veronique Jarrel-King, Kelly Kennedy, Piper Kuntz, Sam Martinez, Rachel Priest, Lucy Richards, Ellie Rosten, Laura Rosten, Jason Scruggs, Madde Stager, Crystal Stein, John Wagner, and John Pennington (percussion).

Mary Flower plays fingerstyle guitar and lap-slide guitar. She began playing professionally in Colorado in the early '70s, touring the ski areas with Randy Handley and Katy Moffatt. She and Katy then toured the country on the National College Coffeehouse circuit. During the ensuing years, Flower received a prestigious fellowship from the Colorado Council on the Arts and Humanities. She collaborated with musicians such as Duane Webster; Vicki Taylor; the Mother Folkers, of which she is a founding member; and Pat Donohue, now the guitarist in A Prairie Home Companion's house band, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band. Denver's Westword has three times named Flower "Best Folkie," and her Blues Jubilee and Rosewood & Steel CDs were voted "Best Local Blues Recording" in 1994 and 1997, respectively. She is a faculty member of the Swallow Hill Music Association and performs and leads blues-guitar workshops at schools across the country, including the Augusta Heritage Center in Elkins, West Virginia.

Old Sweet Songs: A Prairie Home Companion 1974-1976

Old Sweet Songs

Lovingly selected from the earliest archives of A Prairie Home Companion, this heirloom collection represents the music from earliest years of the now legendary show: 1974–1976. With songs and tunes from jazz pianist Butch Thompson, mandolin maestro Peter Ostroushko, Dakota Dave Hull and the first house band, The Powdermilk Biscuit Band (Adam Granger, Bob Douglas and Mary DuShane).

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