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Anastasio, Notaro perform an A Prairie Home Companion with host Chris Thile live from Denver, Nov. 19


November 19, mandolin virtuoso Chris Thile brings A Prairie Home Companion to The Ellie Caulkins Opera House at the Denver Performing Arts Complex for a live broadcast of the iconic radio show.

The broadcast will feature incredible live performances from an array of special musical guests— including composer, guitarist and vocalist Trey Anastasio and comedian Tig Notaro.  The show will also feature a bit of comedy, scripts and sound effects from Tim Russell and sound effects wizard Fred Newman; and music from the First-Call Radio Players (Richard Dworsky on piano, guitarist Chris EldridgeBrittany Haas on fiddle, octave mandolin, bassist Paul Kowert, and Ted Poor on drums), along with vocalist Aoife O’Donovan. All that, plus a brand new song written, composed and performed by Thile.

Tickets are on sale Now—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 by American Public Media. This show’s exclusive media sponsor is Colorado Pubic Radio.

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