December 22, 2007
This week on A Prairie Home Companion we'll visit the Zoellner Center at Lehigh University, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. "...How still we see thee lie! Above thy deep and dreamless sleep the silent stars go by. Yet in thy dark streets shineth the everlasting light; The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight..." But, there's no need to open the front door and let valuable heat escape for just any pitch-challenged carolers, because we've two excellent local choirs, The Central Moravian Church Choir and The Bach Choir of Bethlehem, as well as some fine holiday hollerin' from Robin & Linda Williams. Also with us, The Royal Academy of Radio Acting; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, the Guy's All-Star Festivus Five, and the News from Lake Wobegon. Join us this weekend as the dark night wakes, the glory breaks, and Christmas comes once more.

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Segment 1
00:00:00Logo
00:00:15GK opens, talks about the gift of Christmas
00:01:37Tishomingo Blues
00:03:54GK talks about Bethlehem, Moravians
00:05:37Infant Holy, Infant Lowly- Bach Choir of Bethlehem and Central Moravian Church Choir
00:08:17Cowboys script (with Central Moravian Church Choir)
00:17:52Pat Donohue and GK talk about the Martin Guitar company in Nazareth, MN, Jimmie Rodgers Guitar - "T for Tannenbaum"
00:19:33Pat talks about the Ditson Dreadnaught/ "Hark The Herald Angels Sing"
00:21:30Pat talks about the D-45/ "O Come, Emmanuel/ Pat A Pan/ God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen"
00:24:24Powdermilk Biscuit Break/ "Angels We Have Heard on High" - GK, Robin & Linda, choirs, Shoes
Segment 2
00:27:18GK talks about Moravians
00:28:10O "Jesulein Suss" - Central Moravian Church Choir
00:29:33Walking Through Your Town in the Snow" - GK, Robin & Linda, Shoe Band
00:33:02"Joy to the World" - Pat Donohue
00:35:36"O Little Town of Bethlehem" - Bach Choir of Bethlehem
00:39:19"A Child is Born in Bethlehem" - GK/ both choirs/ Rich Dworsky, Andy Stein and Gary Raynor
00:43:45"Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming" - Bach Choir of Bethlehem
00:47:23Ruth Harrison script
00:58:00"Precious Memories" - GK, Central Moravian Church Choir and Shoe Band
01:01:48Intermission- Deck The Halls/ Good King Wenceslas
Segment 3
01:05:30Greetings
01:09:08Plumber script- "O Thou That Come To Repair The Appliance"- Central Moravian Church Choir
01:11:19Gk talks more about Moravians
01:16:23"For Unto Us A Child is Born" - The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band
01:17:48"Calling My Children Home" - GK, Robin & Linda, Shoe Band
01:21:43"Morning Star" - Evan Pretti and Central Moravian Church Choir
01:25:26"O Little Town of Bethlehem" - Pat Donohue
01:26:32"Brightest and Best" - Robin & Linda Williams and Central Moravian Church Choir
Segment 4
01:31:14The News from Lake Wobegon (with "Love's Old Sweet Song" and "Juanita")(Download MP3)
Segment 5
01:45:30"Still, Still, Still" - The Bach Choir of Bethlehem
01:49:15Regifting script
01:50:10Cranberry script
01:53:53Credits, Silent Night

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Pat Donohue plays several rare and beautiful guitars in a segment highlighting the Martin Guitar Company. A view from the house.
Garrison greets the Bethlehem audience at the top of the show to discuss the gift of Christmas. The Bach Choir of Bethlehem with a warm rendition of the unofficial hometown carol, 'O Little Town of Bethlehem.'
The Royal Academy of Radio Actors: Fred Newman, Tim Russell, Sue Scott and Garrison Keillor. Everyone sings along for the final song of the evening, 'Silent Night.'

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  • Cranberries
  • Ruth Harrison
  • Regifting

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