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Media Contact: David O'Neill
Prairie Home Productions
Phone: 651.999.1095
E-mail: davido@prairiehome.us

December 09, 2010

GARRISON KEILLOR AT MERKIN CONCERT HALL FOR A SPECIAL
CHRISTMAS DAY EDITION OF A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION

Tickets for the December 25 broadcast go on sale at noon Friday, December 10.

(NEW YORK) Spend Christmas Day evening with Garrison Keillor and his guests when A Prairie Home Companion comes to the intimate, 449-seat Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Center on December 25.

Keillor welcomes poet Sharon Olds (One Secret Thing; Strike Sparks: Selected Poems, 1980-2002); author Ian Frazier (Great Plains, Travels in Siberia), and playwright and author Paul Rudnick (Jeffrey; The New Century; I Shudder: And Other Reactions to Life, Death, and New Jersey).

Also on hand, pianist Rob Fisher, who spent four seasons leading the Coffee Club Orchestra on Keillor's show. Fisher is creator and artistic director of the Lyrics and Lyricist series at the 92nd Street Y, and music director for Broadway shows including Chicago and Anything Goes (opening April 2011).

Tickets for the Christmas Day APHC go on sale at noon Friday, December 10, available at Merkin Concert Hall Box Office, in person, by phone, or on the Web at merkinconcerthall.org.

Keillor says:

"We thought of taking the day off, and then thought better of it. Why should cops and bus drivers and waitresses have to work Christmas and radio close up shop? So I and some writers I especially admire will talk about Christmas when we were kids and read some writing about our respective families.

Twilight on the 25th is when the conversation starts to turn toward Christmases past and the people we used to spend the day with, and that's what this show is about. Sweet reminiscence."

A Prairie Home Companion is heard on close to 600 public radio stations across the U.S., with a weekly audience that tops 4.3 million listeners. The program can also be heard on the Armed Forces Network Europe, the Far East Network, and in dozens of European cities via the Astra satellite network.

Garrison Keillor is the recipient of Grammy, ACE, and George Foster Peabody awards, and he has been inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His many books include Lake Wobegon Days, The Book of Guys, 77 Love Sonnets, Pilgrims: A Wobegon Romance, and A Christmas Blizzard.

A Prairie Home Companion is produced by Prairie Home Productions and presented by American Public Media. The show is sponsored nationally by General Mills, Inc. and by 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
  • WHO: Garrison Keillor and special guests: author Ian Frazier, poet Sharon Olds, playwright Paul Rudnick, and pianist Rob Fisher
  • WHEN: December 25, 2010 at 5:45 p.m. ET
  • WHERE: Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Center
    129 West 67th Street (between Broadway and Amsterdam avenues)
    New York, NY 10023
  • TICKETS: Go on sale Friday, December 10, at noon
    $20 plus handling fees
    Purchase in person at Merkin Concert Hall Box Office, by phone at 212.501.3330,
    or on the Web at merkinconcerthall.org
  • TUNE IN: Tune in Saturdays to any of hundreds of public radio stations coast to coast (many rebroadcast the show on Sunday). Or listen to a live audio Web stream. Check local listings or go to www.prairiehome.org for specifics.
  • FOR MORE INFORMATION: go to www.prairiehome.org or contact David O'Neill at 651.999.1095 or davido@prairiehome.us

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