December 12, 2009

Start Spreading the News

The tree is lit and the skaters are circling the ice at Rockefeller Center as A Prairie Home Companion rings in our third week of broadcasting live from The Town Hall in the heart of New York's theatre district. With winter upon us, join in as world-renowned performer Yo-Yo Ma and the Assad Brothers join forces for a hot trio performance that is sure to keep out the cold, while the vocal stylings of jazz greats Inga Swearingen and Connie Evingson will add fuel to the fire. Also cozyin' up with us, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, Royal Academy of Radio Actors Tim Russell, Sue Scott and sound effects man Mr. Fred Newman , plus all the holiday happenings from “the little town that time forgot and the decades cannot improve.”

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Garrison Keillor and Fred Newman

"There's A Bright Side Somewhere"

"A Lenda do Caboclo," Yo-Yo Ma and the Assad Brothers

Yo Yo Ma


    Show Segments
    Listen to individual segments as listed below

  • Segment 1
    • 00:00:00 - Logo
    • 00:00:12 - Tishomingo Blues
    • 00:02:50 - Christmas Blues- GK/ band
    • 00:05:52 - Yule script
    • 00:09:06 - GK talks with Yo-Yo Ma
    • 00:10:57 - Zita- Yo-Yo Ma, Assad Brothers and Gary Raynor
    • 00:15:25 - Cowboys script
    • 00:24:11 - I Can't Take You Nowhere - Connie Evingson and Shoe Band
    • 00:26:54 - Powdermilk Biscuit Break/Hanukkah in Santa Monica- GK/Shoes
  • Segment 2
    • 00:30:16 - S'Vivon/ God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen/Gigue
    • 00:34:36 - There's A Bright Side Somewhere- Pat Donohue, Inga Swearingen, Connie Evingson, GK and Shoe band
    • 00:38:35 - Ode to Joy - Inga Swearingen and audience
    • 00:42:00 - Guy Noir script (with Inga and Connie)
    • 00:50:11 - A Lenda do Caboclo - Yo-Yo Ma and the Assad Brothers
    • 00:53:42 - GK talks to Yo-Yo Ma and the Assad Brothers
    • 00:56:36 - Vassourinhas - Yo-Yo Ma, Assad Brothers and Gary Raynor
    • 01:00:20 - Intermission - Rosetta
  • Segment 3
    • 01:04:00 - She is More to Be Pitied Than Censured (Christmas)- GK/ band
    • 01:05:38 - Greetings
    • 01:09:12 - My Favorite Things- GK/ Shoe Band
    • 01:11:47 - Eastwood Place- Connie Evingson and band
    • 01:14:07 - The Nutcracker- GK, Connie Evingson and band
    • 01:17:38 - Summit Avenue Rag- Richard Dworsky, Shoe Band, Yo-Yo Ma
  • Segment 4
    • 01:20:57 - The News From Lake Wobegon
  • Segment 5
    • 01:35:37 - Visa Fran Jarna- Inga Swearingen and Shoe Band
    • 01:39:25 - Rhubarb script
    • 01:47:05 - GK thanks the Assad Brothers and Yo-Yo Ma
    • 01:48:25 - Golliwogg's Cakewalk- Yo-Yo Ma and Assad Brothers
    • 01:51:28 - Café Boeuf script, credits, cruise announcement, We Wish You a Merry Christmas

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