Coming to you from the Shreveport Municipal Auditorium in Shreveport, Louisiana, it's our repeat broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. Tune in and hear yourselves having a great time at the performance. With special guests, musical ambassadors of Louisiana's rich Acadian past, BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet, and the original guitar hero, James Burton. Also with us, singer Andra Suchy, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and sound effects man Fred Newman, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame guitarist James Burton joins Garrison Keillor on "A Prairie Home Companion" at Municipal Auditorium. James has played on countless number-one recordings and created some of the most influential guitar riffs in popular music. Elvis Costello says that James Burton is one of few the players who musicians almost always call ‘legendary.’ Pete Townsend says that James is probably the most important guitar player in American music. Read more about James Burton and the James Burton Foundation Here.
We took a lot of photos at A Prairie Home Companion to share with you. Many are from our vantage point back stage, the side of the show most never get to see. We'll start with rehearsal shots followed by those we took at the show and close with photos from the after party. We have linked this gallery to our Face Book Page and would love to have you share your's with us as well. Click here to link to our Facebook Page.
Airs Saturday, June 9 at 12:00 noon. Vienna’s richest man is planning an incredible party. First — guests will enjoy a serious opera (the Prima Donna plays Ariadne, who’s ready to die on the island of Naxos because her lover’s jilted her). Then comes a ribald comedy, starring saucy Zerbinetta (who’s got a Ph.D. in flirting). And finally, there’s to be a pyrotechnic display. But the host suddenly decides both productions must take place simultaneously so the fireworks can start promptly at nine! The Composer’s aghast and the Prima Donna’s horrified. But watch what happens when Zerbinetta gets into the act and determines that Ariadne’s “tragedy” shouldn’t end unhappily after all! This is Strauss à la Rosenkavalier, with sparkling, luscious music that wraps itself around a witty comedy.
As Ariadne, Amber Wagner is vocally thrilling. Her voice is truly dramatic, with both amplitude and nuance. Zerbinetta’s all about stratospheric vocal acrobatics — ideal for Anna Christy, who entrances listeners with her coloratura fireworks display. The Composer is a poster child for impetuosity, and Alice Coote’s portrayal oozes emotional energy — her singing is glorious. Bacchus must sweep Ariadne off her feet — and tenor sensation Brandon Jovanovich will do just that, vocally descending from the heavens with swashbuckling boldness!
Airs Monday, June 11 at 11:00 a.m. Located in what has been called “the happiest city in America,” Festival Mozaic has been bringing high quality classical music to San Luis Obispo every summer since 1971. One of the longest running music festivals on the west coast, Festival Mozaic has kept every season fresh through its unique programming, which spans over five centuries of musical repertoire and includes everything from orchestral and chamber favorites to world music and jazz. Scott Yoo, the festival’s director, says the short 11 day festival is “a real opportunity to zero in on one side of music and really explore.”