Special Guests
Saturday, July 2, 2005

Gillian Welch and David Rawlings

She may have grown up in West Los Angeles in the '70s, but Gillian Welch draws on the roots of rural Appalachia for her sound. She began a successful duo act with fellow Berklee School of Music student David Rawlings; they now live in Nashville and tour the world.

Peter Schickele

Peter Schickele is a composer, musician, author, and satirist. He is widely recognized as one of the most versatile artists in the field of music. Born in Ames, Iowa, and brought up in Washington, D.C., and Fargo, North Dakota. He graduated from Swarthmore, and by that time had already composed and conducted four orchestral works, a great deal of chamber music, and some songs. He studied composition with Roy Harris and Darius Milhaud, and at the Juilliard School of Music with Vincent Persichetti and William Bergsma. As a composer, Peter's commissions are numerous and varied - including works for the Saint Louis Symphony, The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, The Audubon String Quartet, the Minnesota Orchestral Association, and many other such organizations. His most recent premieres include; Chapbook for piano, six hands (three pieces inspired by poetry), Thurber's Dogs - commissioned in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of James Thurber's birth, and Blue Set - a jazz string quartet commissioned by the Greene Quartet. As a satirist, he is well-known as perpetrator of the oeuvre of the now-classic P.D.Q. Bach.

David Düsing

David Düsing has a varied career as conductor, singer and composer. He has performed in concerts, cabaret and Broadway shows throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. In the classical field he has sung as soloist under the batons of Robert Shaw (Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, Haydn’s Creation), Pierre Boulez (Stravinsky’s Renard), Klaus Tennstedt (Orff’s Carmina Burana), Michael Tilson Thomas and Gunther Schuller. In the folk and pop fields he has sung with or under the direction of Robert De Cormier, Harry Belafonte, Norman Luboff, Joanna Gleason, Pearl Bailey, Jean Ritchie, Michael Crawford, Oscar Brand, John Raitt, and Morton Gould, among others. Additional credits include radio, television, the occasional commercial and more than 130 recordings.

Inga Swearingen

She won the Shure Jazz Voice Competition at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland in 2003 and returns this year to Prairie Home as a celebrity guest. She also sang at the Live Oak Music Fest near Santa Barbara again this summer, this time with her sister Britta, here tonight and with whom she recorded her CD, Learning How to Fly. She is within a few months of earning a Masters Degree in Choral Conducting from Florida State University in Tallahassee and has plans to record another album after graduation; get married in August, and then just see what happens.

Andy Stein

Violinist and saxophonist Andy Stein has been a regular on A Prairie Home Companion since 1989. Stein collaborated with Garrison Keillor to create the opera Mr. and Mrs. Olson. He has appeared on Saturday Night Live and Late Night with David Letterman, and has performed with such artists as Itzhak Perlman, Eric Clapton, Smashing Pumpkins, Billy Joel, Tony Bennett, Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, and many others.

Prudence Johnson

Prudence Johnson's 25-year career in music has taken her from honky-tonks to Carnegie Hall, from the theater stage to the Silver Screen (Robert Redford's A River Runs Through It), from the Midwest to the Middle East. Her ten album releases include Little Dreamer, a collection of international lullabies, Moon Country, which features the music of Hoagy Carmichael, and S'Gershwin, a collaboration with pianist Dan Chouinard. She recently collaborated with four Minnesota composers to create A Girl Named Vincent, a presentation of the poetry of Edna St. Vincent Millay set to music to be released on CD this year, and is currently writing a play about Elisabeth Hauptmann, an uncredited collaborator of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill. Prudence is a 2001 recipient of the McKnight Artists Fellowship for Performing Musicians and enjoys a steady schedule of concert appearances across the country.

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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