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Mr. Keillor at 70
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Location: Avery Fisher Hall  (Directions)
Price Range: Starting at $55
 
Tue, Oct, 16, 2012
7:30 PM

A personal narrative of 70 years of music in a man’s head, featuring Brethren hymns, nonsense, rousers, show tunes, blues, ribaldry, Pomp and Circumstance, “My Girl,” as well as music by Chopin, Tchaikovsky, Haydn, Brian Wilson, Ligeti, and Jerry Garcia. Plus: "Hot Bananas Poetry and Piano Ping-Pong."

Garrison Keillor

Artists

Rob Fisher by Jim Lafferty

Rob Fisher — internationally distinguished artistic director, conductor, and pianist — is a leading figure in American music and musical theater. He was founding music director and conductor of Encores! at New York City Center until 2005, a series that earned a 2000 Tony Award. Mr. Fisher was awarded the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Special Achievement in 1997 for his work on Encores!, and he conducted the series’ Grammy Award–winning Chicago cast album. Last season, Fisher served as music supervisor of the Tony-winning Broadway revival of Anything Goes, and in April of 2012, he conducted a one-night gala performance of The Sound of Music at Carnegie Hall. Mr. Fisher has been producer/music director of Lincoln Center’s American Songbook Series’ tributes to Gershwin, Porter, and Bernstein.  Recent collaborations have included performances with such artists as Kristin Chenoweth, Kelli O’Hara, Idina Menzel, and David Hyde Pierce. Within the past decade Mr. Fisher has been a guest conductor or pianist of virtually every major orchestra in the U.S. In 2007 he led My Fair Lady with the New York Philharmonic, and he most recently appeared with the Philharmonic in October 2012, conducting Mr. Keillor at 70 with Garrison Keillor. Mr. Fisher was music director and conductor for “Ira at 100,” a gala concert at Carnegie Hall broadcast on PBS’s Great Performances, and he appeared twice on the PBS series In Performance at the White House for President and Mrs. Clinton. For four seasons Mr. Fisher was music director for Garrison Keillor’s American Radio Company and remains a frequent guest on A Prairie Home Companion.

Narrator and Vocalist
Garrison Keillor

Garrison Keillor is the host and writer of the radio program A Prairie Home Companion and the author of numerous books, including Lake Wobegon Days, The Book of Guys, Love Me, and Homegrown Democrat. He was born in Anoka, Minnesota, in 1942 and graduated from the University of Minnesota. Mr. Keillor lives in St. Paul with his wife and daughter. He has two grandsons. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts & Letters and St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church. With conductor Philip Brunelle he has performed with many orchestras, including the Minnesota Orchestra; the Los Angeles Philharmonic; the Chicago, Milwaukee, San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Dallas, and National symphony orchestras; and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. He made his New York Philharmonic debut in March 2006.

Christine DiGiallonardo is a New York–based vocalist whose performances range from early-music chamber ensembles to jazz and rock bands. Her theater credits include Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (City Center Encores!), Two Gentlemen of Verona (Shakespeare in the Park), The Sound of Music (Carnegie Hall), and My Fair Lady (Avery Fisher Hall) with Rob Fisher and the New York Philharmonic. Ms. DiGiallonardo also performs with her sisters, Daniela and Nadia, as The DiGiallonardo Sisters, singing tight three-part harmonies in styles ranging from the Boswell Sisters and Andrews Sisters to the Beatles and the Eagles. She has been featured numerous times on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, both as a soloist and with her sisters. The DiGiallonardo Sisters will return to the Town Hall in New York City to sing on A Prairie Home Companion on December 8 and 21. Christine DiGiallonardo graduated from Vassar College with a degree in music. She has spent the past six years working full-time as a jingle singer and can be heard on many commercials, including spots for Aquafresh, Mr. Clean, Playtex, and Febreze.

For the past 20 years Richard Dworsky has served as the pianist and music director for Garrison Keillor’s radio program A Prairie Home Companion. He leads the house band, composes, plays songs and script underscores, and accompanies Mr. Keillor and guests ranging from Yo-Yo Ma and Renée Fleming to James Taylor and Elvis Costello. He appeared in Robert Altman’s film A Prairie Home Companion and was the film’s arranger and composer. Mr. Dworsky has accompanied Garrison Keillor in concerts with many orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He contributed an arrangement for A Night at the Fitz, Keillor’s concert CD with The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. Mr. Dworsky has recorded several CDs of his own compositions and has been a studio musician for 40 years, recording music for CDs, television, and film. He composed music for The Marvelous Land of Oz (Children’s Theatre Company/MCA/Showtime). Mr. Dworsky worked with jazz vocalist Al Jarreau for years, and he wrote the song Goin’ to the Dance With You, which Broadway legend Kristin Chenoweth recorded on a CD for Sony Classical.

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