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Winner of the Silver Water Tower Trophy will be determined by audience vote — at St. Paul's Fitzgerald Theater and by listeners to the live broadcast.

(SAINT PAUL, Minn.) A Prairie Home Companion has selected six finalist pairs for its Vocal Duet Contest. Like Porter and Dolly, Don and Phil, or Simon and Garfunkel, there's nothing that beats those sweet harmonies. After the competition was announced in July, some 750 entries poured in from all over the country — each hoping for a chance to take home the coveted Silver Water Tower Trophy and one of the cash prizes.

The competition will be held on the show's October 20th live broadcast from the Fitzgerald Theater in downtown St. Paul. Winners will be selected by vote of the theater audience and listeners everywhere.

Showcasing a wide range of styles, these are the contenders:
Avenue Elle (Alison Lumley and Chrissie Natoli), from Austin, Texas

Arnaé Batson and Tim McAfee-Lewis, from Los Angeles, California

Kaija and Brian Bonde, from Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Molly and Jack Tuttle, from Palo Alto, California

The Half Step Sisters (Katie Burk and Julia Conway), from Indianapolis, Indiana

MaMuse (Sarah Nutting and Karisha Longaker), from Chico, California

Now in its 39th season, A Prairie Home Companion is broadcast on more than 600 public radio stations nationwide. The weekly audience is nearly 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.

Garrison Keillor is the recipient of Grammy, ACE, and George Foster Peabody awards, and has been inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His books include Lake Wobegon Days, Pilgrims: A Wobegon Romance, and his latest, Guy Noir and the Straight Skinny (Viking).

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

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: Go to or for information.

TUNE IN: Tune in Saturdays to any of hundreds of public radio stations coast to coast (many rebroadcast the show on Sunday). To check local listings, go to