Legendary radio show A Prairie Home Companion With Garrison Keillor comes to the big screen in a digital cinema presentation


A Prairie Home Companion With Garrison Keillor - Live In HD! Presented by Prairie Home Productions, American Public Media, and BY Experience on Thursday, February 4th, 2010 - Encore showing on Tuesday, February 9th, 2010 at Fairfield University's Quick Center for the Arts

Image: Garrison KeillorGarrison Keillor, host of A Prairie Home Companion, brings the beloved radio show to movie screens with a special live cinema event performance for one night, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2010, originating from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota. A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor - Live in HD! will be sent via satellite to more than 500 select movie theaters and performing arts centers throughout the United States and Canada.

Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts will participate in the event solely through the encore of the program on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. This event is a feature of Fairfield University's 2009-2010 Arts & Minds series.

A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor - Live in HD! will feature special guests as well as regular show performers such as actors Sue Scott and Tim Russell, sound-effects wizards Tom Keith and Fred Newman and the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band led by keyboardist, composer and arranger Richard Dworsky, with Pat Donohue (guitar), Peter Johnson (percussion) and Gary Raynor (bass).

Image: Prairie Home CompanionWith his usual understated wit, Garrison Keillor noted: "After all these years, we're starting to get the hang of doing this show and feeling like we're ready for the big screen. Let people see what Dusty and Lefty and Guy Noir look like, and how the guy does the sound effects, and make sure the News from Lake Wobegon is not read from a script. It's a radio show that has lasted 35 years and now you can see why."

For more than 35 years, legions of fans have tuned in to Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion to be entertained by his low-key reflections, sharp insights, and trademark humor. Each week, A Prairie Home Companion is heard by more than 4 million listeners of every age, on more than 600 public radio stations across the country.

The show - performed live on stage in front of an audience - has been host to thousands of wonderful guest artists, little-known and world-renowned, who have brought the audience to their feet. And there has been plenty of adventure along the way, including broadcasts from Canada, Ireland, Scotland, England, Germany, Iceland, and almost every one of the 50 states.

Tickets for reserved seating are $18 general, $16 seniors, $12 children and students and are available for the special encore event at the Quick Center Box Office (203) 254-4010 or toll free at 1-877-ARTS-396 and online at quickcenter.com. Special offers and discounts are available through the Quick Center's email list. Join, by contacting boxoffice@quickcenter.com. And become a fan of the Quick Center for the Arts on Facebook! Keep up-to-date with the latest performance news, plus special offers and discounts! Find the Quick Center at www.facebook.com/FairfieldQuickCenter.

About the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts
The Quick Center for the Arts is the hub of visual and performing arts at Fairfield University. It was built led by the generosity of the Quick family and presented its first season in 1989. The Quick Center for the Arts has established itself as a dominant artistic force in the area through the presentation of nationally and internationally acclaimed artists in popular, classical and jazz concerts, dance, theatre and young audience events, art exhibitions and its participation in a variety of high-definition satellite broadcasts including The Met: Live in HD, NT Live, TimesTalks LIVE, This American Life - Live! with Ira Glass and A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor - Live in HD!

About Prairie Home Productions
Prairie Home Productions LLC is the producer of radio programs for national distribution, including A Prairie Home Companion and The Writer's Almanac, and televised programs for PBS, including the APHC specials for Great Performances, as well as tour shows, concerts, and special events such as the APHC At Sea Cruises and the A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor - Live in HD! Cinecast.

About American Public Media®
American Public Media, a nonprofit organization, is the second largest producer and distributor of public radio programming and the largest owner and operator of public radio stations in the nation.

About BY Experience
BY Experience is the pioneer of global live "alternative content" digital cinema events. Credits: Worldwide Distribution Representative of "The Met: Live in HD," International (ex-UK) Distribution Representative of the British National Theatre's series "NT Live"; Co-Presenter with the New York Times of its speaker's series, "TimesTalksLIVE" (2009); Cinema Distributor of the "BBC Electric Proms: Robbie Williams" (October 2009) and "BBC Last Night of the Proms 2009" (September 2009); BY Experience as Executive Producer for Cinema: "This American Life - Live! with Ira Glass" (May 2009) and (April 2008); "David Gilmour: Remember That Night - Live from the Royal Albert Hall" (September 2007); "David Bowie: Reality - Live & Interactive" (September 2003). For more information, visit: www.byexperience.net.

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Media Contact: Joan Grant, (203) 254-4000, ext. 2950, jgrant@fairfield.edu

Posted on December 15, 2009

Vol. 42, No. 152