American Public Media Listings for the Week of 12/21/2009A Prairie Home Companion | Marketplace Money | American Routes
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The Splendid Table | SymphonyCast
This week on A Prairie Home Companion, as our cast and crew continue to snowshoe their way out of the great snowy East toward San Francisco, we've assembled a holiday highlight show to cover the gap. Soprano Renée Fleming sings "Hard Times", our dear departed friend Odetta sings "Poor Little Jesus", and The Boys of the Lough perform "The Christ Child's Lullaby." Plus, a choir of singing sheep in The Lives of the Cowboys, Buster, The Dog of Christmas, a conversation with the Big Man himself, Santa Claus, and our traditional Silent Night sing-a-long. Join us this week for a no cost, no stress, day after the holiday show, with plenty of pickled herring, Pinnekjøtt, and good cheer.
Live from the Nation's Capital, it's the 2009 National Heritage Fellowship Concert. Each year, the National Endowment for the Arts recognizes citizens for their contributions to our nation's traditional arts. We'll hear from this year's honorees, including zydeco's Queen Ida, the gospel group The Birmingham Sunlights and Puerto Rican cuatro genius Edwin Colon Zayas. Plus visits with an array of previous National Heritage Fellows, from B.B. King to Earl Scruggs.
An International Holiday Sampler: …special music from around the globe amplifies and illuminates the good tidings of Christmas.
For three decades now, Anne-Sophie Mutter has been known simply as one of the greatest violinists alive. As part of her ambitious Mozart Project, a survey of the composer's major works for solo violin, she'll be celebrating his 250th birthday with a program of Mozart violin sonatas. In her playing and in her words, there's no mistaking that Anne-Sophie Mutter feels a true kinship with Mozart. She understands this music and its creator like few people today do. Join Bill McGlaughlin when he welcomes one of the world's greatest violinists, Anne-Sophie Mutter, with pianist Lambert Orkis, in a tribute to Mozart.
Jim and Greg have handed the jukebox quarters over to their guests. Members of Franz Ferdinand, The Hold Steady, The Flaming Lips and more add music they can’t live without to the Desert Island Jukebox.
For the Christmas season and the New Year, a rare conversation with one of the wise men in our world today — Jean Vanier. The philosopher and Catholic social innovator created a model of community, L'Arche, that embodies the ideal of power in smallness and light in the darkness of human existence.
What does a world-class chef cook for the family Christmas? This week we meet up with Grant Aschatz of Chicago's famed Alinea, Jane and Michael Stern are at the Silvermine Tavern in Norwalk, CT, Sally Schnieder author of The Improvisational Cook, teaches us the easy way to make homemade chocolates, Martha Holmberg, author of Puff introduces us to simplest of fancy ingredients, puff pastry and mixologist Dale De Groff, author of The Essential Cocktail joins us with his take on holiday imbibing.
As you celebrate the New Year, here's a banquet of delicious goodies that Gustav Mahler imagined waiting in heaven — if you are a child who loves vegetables! His Fourth is his most chamber-like symphony and it ends with a sweet song of the afterlife.