Special Guests
Saturday, January 23, 1999

Maria Jette appeared last summer at the Oregon Bach festival, singing Bach's Mass in B Minor, Mozart's Requiem, and Haydn's Creation under the baton of Helmuth Rilling. She also sang the title role of Cleopatra in the Plymouth Music Series' performance in November. Her other varied roles have included Monteverdi's Poppea, Handel's Galatea, Britten's Fido, the Countess in The Marriage of Figaro, and several performances of Robert Kapilow's mini-opera version of Green Eggs & Ham. A Twin Cities resident, Jette has performed locally with The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, Lyra Concert, the Plymouth Music Series, Ex Machina Antique Music Theatre, and others. She has also been heard with prominent groups around the world, including the Smithsonian Institution's 20th Century Consort, the Wratislava Cantans Festival in Poland, the Academia Bach in Caracas, and at New York City's 92nd St. Y with the New York Chamber Symphony. Jette also does commercial and theatrical soundtracks. Two upcoming recordings feature Schubert songs and a selection of Britten's folksong arrangements.

Geoff Muldaur was a major participant in the great folk music revival of the early '60s as a founding member of the Jim Kweskin Jug Band. He made a number of recordings in his six years with the Jug Band, and also recorded albums with his ex-wife Maria Muldaur, Paul Butterfield's Better Days group, and guitar wizard Amos Garrett. His reputation as a master vocalist in a variety of folk and blues styles was gained through those recordings, as well as live performances. In the '70s, Muldaur took a break from the stage for a working sabbatical, during which he produced albums for saxman Lenny Pickett and the Borneo Horns, and the Richard Greene String Quartet. He also composed for film and television, garnering an Emmy for the score of It Happened Right Here. Muldaur's recording Brazil provided both the inspiration and the title music for Terry Gilliam's widely acclaimed 1985 cult film of the same name. Recent performances have included tours of Europe and Japan, as well as appearances at The Newport Folk Festival, Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Strictly For Hunger show in New York with Taj Mahal, Joan Baez, and James Taylor, and the Revelations of Tradition concert at Wolf Trap to commemorate the reissue of Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music. His latest CD is The Secret Handshake, released on the HighTone label. Recorded over the course of a year, the disk features such guests as Hal Ketchum, Lenny Pickett, Amos Garrett, Jenni Muldaur, and many others. Touching on blues, folk, gospel, and other traditional forms, it includes two original songs, as well as Muldaur's arrangements of eight covers. Joining Muldaur tonight are Burt Hara, principal clarinet of the Minnesota Orchestra, and from The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Charles Ullery, principal bassoon, and Herbert Winslow, principal horn.

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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