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A Prairie Home Companion, new host Chris Thile, live broadcast from Denver on Nov. 19

On Nov. 19, mandolin virtuoso Chris Thile brings A Prairie Home Companion to The Ellie Caulkins Opera House at Denver Performing Arts Complex in Colorado for the iconic radio show’s first road tour with Chris Thile as the new host.

The broadcast show will feature incredible live performances from an array of special musical guests—some known by all, and some who soon will be—along with a bit of comedy and spoken word, plus Chris will compose and perform a unique new song for this Denver broadcast.  A few familiar voices will be featured, as Tim Russell, (man of a thousand voices) will be on hand, along with sound effects wizard Fred Newman.

Tickets are on sale now. Prices are $45, $65 and $75, plus fees. Tickets available online at or by phone at 888-9-AXS-TIX (888-929-7849) 7 a.m.-9 p.m. Guests will be announced soon—visit for the latest details.

Chris Thile was hand selected by Garrison Keillor to take over as host of the famed and long-running live radio variety show in the fall of 2016.  Chris—a multiple Grammy Award-winner and MacArthur Fellow and a member of Punch Brothers and Nickel Creek—is a mandolin virtuoso, composer and vocalist. With his broad outlook that encompasses classical, rock, jazz, and bluegrass, Thile transcends the borders of conventionally circumscribed genres, creating a distinctly American canon and a new musical aesthetic for performers and audiences alike. As a soloist Thile has released five albums, including his most recent released in 2013, Bach: Partitas and Sonatas, Vol.1, which was produced by renowned bassist Edgar Meyer.  In February 2013 Thile won a Grammy for his work on The Goat Rodeo Sessions, collaborating with Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer and Stuart Duncan.  Then, in September 2014, Thile and Meyer released their latest album collaboration, Bass + Mandolin, which won the Grammy for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album.  Punch Brothers released their latest album, The Phosphorescent Blues, in 2015.

A Prairie Home Companion is produced and presented by American Public Media.  This show’s exclusive media sponsor is Colorado Public Radio.  Audio and Video clips, along with scripts, photos and more information about A Prairie Home Companion can be found at Visit for more information

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