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.
Listen to the show
Requires Adobe Flash plug-in. See how to listen.
Play individual show segments as listed below.
|00:00:15||GK opens, talks about the gift of Christmas|
|00:03:54||GK talks about Bethlehem, Moravians|
|00:05:37||Infant Holy, Infant Lowly- Bach Choir of Bethlehem and Central Moravian Church Choir|
|00:08:17||Cowboys script (with Central Moravian Church Choir)|
|00:17:52||Pat Donohue and GK talk about the Martin Guitar company in Nazareth, MN, Jimmie Rodgers Guitar - "T for Tannenbaum"|
|00:19:33||Pat talks about the Ditson Dreadnaught/ "Hark The Herald Angels Sing"|
|00:21:30||Pat talks about the D-45/ "O Come, Emmanuel/ Pat A Pan/ God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen"|
|00:24:24||Powdermilk Biscuit Break/ "Angels We Have Heard on High" - GK, Robin & Linda, choirs, Shoes|
|00:27:18||GK talks about Moravians|
|00:28:10||O "Jesulein Suss" - Central Moravian Church Choir|
|00:29:33||Walking 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|
|00:47:23||Ruth Harrison script|
|00:58:00||"Precious Memories" - GK, Central Moravian Church Choir and Shoe Band|
|01:01:48||Intermission- Deck The Halls/ Good King Wenceslas|
|01:09:08||Plumber script- "O Thou That Come To Repair The Appliance"- Central Moravian Church Choir|
|01:11:19||Gk 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|
|01:31:14||The News from Lake Wobegon (with "Love's Old Sweet Song" and "Juanita")(Download MP3)|
|01:45:30||"Still, Still, Still" - The Bach Choir of Bethlehem|
|01:53:53||Credits, Silent Night|
Photos from the show|
Click any image to start the slideshow.
|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.'