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IT TAKES TWO!

A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION ANNOUNCES VOCAL DUET CONTEST, HELD ON OCT. 20th BROADCAST FROM ST. PAUL'S FITZGERALD THEATER

Deadline for entries is Friday, September 21st.

(SAINT PAUL, Minn.) — Porter and Dolly, Don and Phil, Simon and Garfunkel, Sonny and Cher, Waylon and Willie — there's nothing like those sweet harmonies. So A Prairie Home Companion has announced a vocal duet contest to be held on the show's October 20th live broadcast from the Fitzgerald Theater. From the submissions received, five or six finalists will be chosen to sing on the show, and winners will take home cash prizes awarded by the vote of the APHC audience and listeners.

Singers can record their duet and submit it online by Friday, September 21, 5 p.m. (CT). Or send a CD to:
Prairie Home Duet Contest Submissions
611 Frontenac Place
St. Paul, MN 55104.

Some guidelines (see complete rules at www.prairiehome.org):

1. Vocal duet means two voices — can be male/female, male/male, or female/ female — but not instrumental duet. Any spoken language is acceptable.
2. Has to be a true duet song — not simply a lead singer with backup vocal.
3. Submissions must be received by 5 p.m. (Central Time) on Friday, September 21, 2012.

A Prairie Home Companion's 39th season kicks of on Saturday, September 15, with a live broadcast from the Fitzgerald Theater in downtown St. Paul, followed by the annual street dance and meatloaf supper on Exchange Street, right in front of the Fitz. Tickets for the fall run of six St. Paul shows go on sale Tuesday, July 31, 2012 at noon Central Time.

A Prairie Home Companion is broadcast on close to 600 public radio stations nationwide. The weekly audience tops 4 million listeners. The program can also be heard on XM Radio, the Armed Forces Network Europe, the Far East Network, and in dozens of European cities via the Astra satellite network. Garrison Keillor's signature monologue, The News from Lake Wobegon, is available via podcast/iTunes.

A Prairie Home Companion is produced by Prairie Home Productions and presented by American Public Media. The show is sponsored nationally by Allianz and Ford. Audio clips, scripts, and more information on A Prairie Home Companion can be found online at www.prairiehome.org.

WHAT: A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor presents a vocal duet contest.

WHEN: Saturday, October 20, 2012, 4:45 p.m. (broadcast live at 5:00 p.m. Central Time).

WHERE: Fitzgerald Theater, 10 East Exchange Street, St. Paul, MN.

TICKETS: Tickets for APHC's six fall shows at the Fitz go on sale beginning July 31 at noon CT. See www.prairiehome.org or Ticketmaster.com for information.

TUNE IN: Tune in Saturdays to any of hundreds of public radio stations coast to coast (many rebroadcast the show on Sunday). Check local listings or go www.prairiehome.org for specifics.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Go to www.prairiehome.org.