Exclusive Preview: Garrison Keillor and The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, "A Night at the Fitz"

by Scott Olstad, Minnesota Public Radio
May 3, 2013

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Garrison Keillor and Philip Brunelle have performed together with a long list of great orchestras: the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra and the San Francisco Symphony, to name a few. After years on the road, they brought the show home to the Fitzgerald Theater and the world-renowned Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. As always, Keillor served as amiable host and narrator, Brunelle as guest conductor.

"The Saint Paul Chamber was the first orchestra I ever heard, when I was a freshman at the U, and so in winding up my modest orchestral career, I chose to do it at home with the hometown band." — Garrison Keillor

In a warm and wonderful evening of storytelling, laughter and plenty of music, Garrison Keillor is joined by The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, led by Philip Brunelle and accompanied by Richard Dworsky. The program includes "Old American Songs," the "Aunt Eva" Suite, the "Lake Wobegon Hymn" (Dvořak), "Eight Love Sonnets," "Habanera," "Song of the Exiles," and "My Love Is Like a Red, Red Rose." Naturally, it also features Keillor's trademark wit and commentary, whimsical skits and gentle storytelling.

Now, for the first time, you can stream A Night at the Fitz in its entirety. The limited-time preview can be found here and will be available until May 17.

Track Listing
1. My Minnesota Home
2. Let's Do It
3. Will You Go, Darling, Go
4. Seven Sonnets
5. Le Noir Sur Le Guy
6. Limericks (Waltz Around Again, Willie)
7. Habanera
8. Homage to the Aunts/Goodbye to my Uncles
9. Lake Wobegon Hymn
10. Song of the Exiles
11. Cat, You Better Come Home

A Night at the Fitz with Garrison Keillor & The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra can be purchased at Pretty Good Goods.

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