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“Garrison Keillor at 80”
with Heather Masse & Richard Dworsky
Monday, September 25, 2023, 7:30 PM
RCU Theatre, Eau Claire, WI
GARRISON KEILLOR at 80 is a show of music, stories, and stand-up on the theme of cheerfulness — happiness depends on circumstance but cheerfulness is a choice. The show includes Keillor’s sung sonnets (“Prayer,” “Longevity,” “Love Song”) and duets with Masse on songs by Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Tom Waits, Greg Brown, Mark Knopfler, and Ann Reed, plus an extended medley of sung classic poems and jokes.
Keillor also does the News from Lake Wobegon, reflecting on his generation, the one that knew about outhouses, slaughtered chickens, hitchhiked, drove a straight-stick transmission, skated on outdoor rinks, and told jokes.
The program concludes with the audience singing a cappella an impromptu medley of familiar songs — “America,” “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot,” “Oh Susannah,” “In My Life,” “Going to the Chapel,” etc. “We are the last generation who knows all the words,” says Keillor. “When we’re gone, they’ll disappear.”
GARRISON KEILLOR is America’s favorite storyteller. For more than forty years, as the host of A Prairie Home Companion, he captivated millions of listeners with his weekly News from Lake Wobegon monologues. He is an essayist, columnist, Substack blogger, and writer of sonnets, songs, and limericks. And he is the author of more than two dozen books, including Lake Wobegon Days, That Time of Year: A Minnesota Life, Boom Town: A Lake Wobegon Novel, Serenity at 70, Gaiety at 80: Why you should keep on getting older and Cheerfulness (2023).
Trained as a jazz singer at the New England Conservatory of Music, Heather Masse is equally versed in a variety of traditions — folk, pop, bluegrass, and more. As member of Billboard-charting group The Wailin’ Jennys, she has performed at hundreds of venues across the world. She was a frequent guest on A Prairie Home Companion, both solo and with The Jennys. One reviewer rightly lauded her “lush velvety vocals, capable of melting butter in a Siberian winter.”
For 23 years, Richard Dworsky served as A Prairie Home Companion’s pianist and music director, providing original theatrical underscoring, leading the house band, and performing as a featured soloist. The St. Paul, Minnesota, native also accompanied many of the show’s guests, including James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt, Yo-Yo Ma, Sheryl Crow, Chet Atkins, Renée Fleming, and Kristin Chenoweth.