The Show from Millionaire Row
PHC staffer Ella Schovanec is on the Radio Romance Tour with Garrison, Fred Newman, Aoife O'Donovan, Sara Watkins, and The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band and will update us periodically from the road.
We did the show on Saturday night from Williamsport, Pennsylvania near the Susquehanna River. It used to be a big lumber town. And because of all the lumber barons, the city had more millionaires per capita than anywhere else in the country. And their legacy is this lovely downtown full of stone Victorian mansions.
Williamsport's Community Arts Center is a great old movie palace restored — Art Deco marquee outside, twisted golden columns inside, gilded coats of arms along the ceiling, and beautiful murals of Spain in the balcony. Fittingly, Rich Dworsky started our show with "Cadiz Calls," a gorgeous piece of music he named for Prairie Home's cruise stop in Cadiz, Spain last year. During intermission, I asked Rich about his composition process. He said he might get an idea that germinates for a few hours and he works on it for a week or so, taking it in different directions. Or, sometimes the music comes to him suddenly. He wrote "Woodinville Waltz" one morning in his hotel room before the APHC show in Woodinville, Washington and then performed it on the broadcast. Wow. And with that, we're headed for East Lansing, Michigan, Sunday.