Garrison Keillor with Richard Dworsky and Christine DiGiallonardo

Garrison Keillor with Richard Dworsky and Christine DiGiallonardo

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Garrison Keillor returns to Crooners with Richard Dworsky and Christine DiGiallonardo.

Garrison Keillor was born in 1942 in Anoka, Minnesota, and began his radio career as a freshman at the University of Minnesota, from which he graduated in 1966. He went to work for Minnesota Public Radio in 1969, and from July 6, 1974 through July 1, 2016, he created and hosted his popular variety show, A Prairie Home Companion, for some 3.5 million listeners on 700 public radio stations coast to coast and beyond. Keillor has been honored with Grammy, ACE, and George Foster Peabody awards, the National Humanities Medal, and election to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His many books include Lake Wobegon Days, The Book of Guys, Pilgrims: A Wobegon Romance, Guy Noir and the Straight Skinny, and The Keillor Reader (Viking). He is the host of the daily program The Writer’s Almanac and the editor of several anthologies of poetry, most recently, Good Poems: American Places (Viking). In 2006, Keillor played himself in the movie adaptation of his show, a film directed by Robert Altman.

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.

Richard Dworsky is a versatile keyboardist/composer/recording artist/producer/music director, and is known for his amazing ability to improvise compositions on the spot in virtually any style.

For 23 years (1993-2016), he served as pianist and music director for Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion, a live public radio variety show with, at its peak, over 4 million listeners. He provided original theatrical underscoring, led the house band, and performed as a featured soloist. He also accompanied many of the show’s guests including James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt, Sheryl Crow, Chet Atkins, Emmylou Harris, Carole King, Elvis Costello, Taj Mahal, The Everly Brothers, Yo-Yo Ma, Brad Paisley, Renée Fleming, Kristin Chenoweth, Shawn Colvin, and Mark Knopfler. He has appeared on many of Garrison Keillor's CDs (including five nominated for Grammys) and videos, as well as TV specials on The Disney Channel, PBS, and the BBC. Dworsky made his on-screen film debut as pianist/bandleader in the 2006 Robert Altman film, A Prairie Home Companion, with an all-star ensemble cast including Meryl Streep, Lily Tomlin, Woody Harrelson, John C. Reilly, Lindsay Lohan, Kevin Kline, and Keillor. Richard also served as the film's music director, arranger, and composer.

Dworsky's original compositions for piano (and piano with ensemble or vocal) can be heard on his CDs All In Due Time, So Near and Dear to Me, and The Path to You. His solo piano piece A Morning With the Roses became a worldwide New Age classic, appearing on such Billboard charting records as Windham Hill Records - Piano Sampler, Windows-Windham Hill 25 Years of Piano, and Windham Hill Chill.

Broadway/TV/Film star, Kristin Chenoweth recorded Richard's song Goin' to the Dance With You on her CD Let Yourself Go (Sony Classical); and performed it on PBS’s Evening at Pops and Kristin Chenoweth: Coming Home (Concord DVD) .

Richard (aka Rich or Richie) grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota and began classical piano lessons at the age of six. By age 11, he was studying piano at the University of Minnesota. In his teens, he began playing for theatrical productions and joined his first rock band. When just out of high school, Rich joined forces with jazz/pop vocalist extraordinaire, Al Jarreau, for two years in Los Angeles, performing as a duo, and with a band, and writing and recording songs together. He toured with Warner Bros. country-rock group Mason Profitt and returned to Minneapolis to major in music at the University of Minnesota.

At Minneapolis’s world renowned Children’s Theatre Company, he composed the scores for musical theater productions including The Marvelous Land of Oz (MCA Video; televised on HBO and Showtime).

Dworsky’s music has been used on documentaries on HBO and PBS, and he provided the score for the animation A Joan Walsh Anglund Christmas narrated by actress Jean Stapleton. He has written arrangements performed by Garrison Keillor and orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic; and he wrote PHC's Guy Noir theme and Ketchup theme (which he sings).

Richard's richly diverse musical experience has resulted in his unique eclectic compositional style, and has enabled him to easily go from conducting the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra on A Prairie Home Companion to playing the Blues with Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Elvin Bishop, or playing his Bluegrass-Honkytonk piano style with super pickers Jerry Douglas, Stuart Duncan, and Sam Bush, and then turn around and improvise original evocative music under author Frank McCourt reading from his Pulitzer Prize winning Angela's Ashes, or author/anchorman Tom Brokaw reading from his Christmas memoirs.

Dworsky is a Steinway Artist, and also plays Hammond B3 organ, various synthesizers, Hohner Melodica, and accordion.

Venue Information:
Crooners Main Stage
6161 Highway 65 NE
Minneapolis, MN, 55432