Soprano Ellie Dehn has appeared in many of the world's leading opera houses, from the Metropolitan Opera and Teatro alla Scala to the San Francisco Opera and Bayerische Staatsoper. But her love of music started during her childhood in Anoka, Minnesota. She sang in her high school choir and played flute in the band and orchestra before college at Oberlin Conservatory of Music and graduate school at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia. These days, she calls New York City home. At the piano: Laurent Philippe.
Born in Minneapolis, Sharon Isbin began her guitar studies in Italy at age nine. Today, she is one of the world's finest guitarists. She is director of guitar departments at the Aspen Music Festival and The Juilliard School, and author of the Classical Guitar Answer Book. With her more than 25 recordings, she has shown remarkable versatility — playing Baroque, Spanish/Latin, jazz fusion, and more. Her most recent album is Sharon Isbin & Friends: Guitar Passions (Sony Classical).
Lake Street Dive
Lake Street Dive, now based in Brooklyn, formed when Rachael Price (vocals), Mike Olson (trumpet, guitar), Mike Calabrese (drums), and Bridget Kearney (bass) were students at Boston's New England Conservatory. The band name is a nod to Lake Street in Minneapolis, Olson's hometown. Describing their music as "a vivid, largely acoustic, groove-driven strain of indie pop," the group has recorded four albums. The latest is Live at the Lizard Lounge, released last year as a digital download.
Garrison Keillor was born in Anoka, graduated from the University of Minnesota ('66), and lives in St. Paul. He is the author of numerous books, including Pilgrims: A Wobegon Romance, and Guy Noir and the Straight Skinny (Viking), and the editor of several anthologies of poetry, including Good Poems: American Places (Viking).
Richard Dworsky leads APHC's Guy's All-Star Shoe Band. A keyboardist, composer, and arranger, Rich has accompanied Garrison Keillor on U.S. and European concert tours and has provided original music for many of Keillor's recordings. His many solo albums include So Near and Dear to Me (Prairie Home Productions).
Chet Atkins called guitarist Pat Donohue one of the greatest fingerpickers in the world today. And he writes songs too — recorded by Suzy Bogguss, Kenny Rogers, and others. Nobody's Fault (Bluesky Records) is the most recent of Pat's 10 albums.
Sound effects man Fred Newman is an actor, writer, musician, and sound designer for film and TV. He is author of the book (and CD/CD-ROM) MouthSounds. Fred admits that, growing up, he was unceremoniously removed from several classrooms, "once by my bottom lip."
One minute he's mild-mannered Tim Russell; the next he's George Bush or Julia Child or Barack Obama. We've yet to stump this man of many voices. In other roles, Tim played the part of Al, the stage manager, in the Robert Altman film A Prairie Home Companion and a detective in the Coen brothers' A Serious Man.
On APHC, Sue Scott plays everything from ditzy teenagers to Guy Noir stunners to leathery crones who've smoked one pack of Camel straights too many. The Tucson, Arizona, native is well known for her extensive commercial and voice-over work on radio and television, as well as movie and stage roles.
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).