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Hymn to Potatoes/Garrison Keillor with VocalEssence (2 CDs!)
Hymn to Potatoes/Garrison Keillor with VocalEssence


 
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Hymn to Potatoes and other choral masterworks from
A Prairie Home Companion

Garrison Keillor, Philip Brunelle and the VocalEssence Ensemble Singers

Who knew a choir could be this funny? Garrison Keillor, Philip Brunelle and the VocalEssence Ensemble Singers dish up a generous helping of Potatoes a la Schubert, run away to Europe to indulge their “Shenandoah” habit, and enlighten us on the T.U.L.I.P. doctrine. This two-CD set of the best choral skits and bits from 10 years on A Prairie Home Companion includes the often-requested “Julia” (John Lennon) and a rare choral interpretation of “Karma Chamelon” (Boy George). With Charles Kemper and Richard Dworsky at the piano, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band and guest appearances by Tom Keith and Tim Russell.

Now available nationally for the first time—on Clarion Records from The Gothic Catalog!

Program Notes

Disc one

1 Song of the Sons of Bernie (Franz Schubert, Garrison Keillor)
2 A Word about Schubert (Garrison Keillor)
An die Musik, Hymn to Potatoes
3 Ave Maria (Franz Schubert)
4 Dutch Calvinism: The T.U.L.I.P. Doctrine (Garrison Keillor)
Our Faithful God, We Gather Together, Doxology
5 Come Live with Me and Be My Love (John Rutter)
6 Brahms in Love (Johannes Brahms, Garrison Keillor)
Wiegenlied, Liebeslieder Walzer
7 Two Folk Songs (arr. Mansel Thomas, Anders Öhrwall)
Y Bore Glas (Early Dawning), I Denna Ljuva Sommartid (Song of Summer)
8 The “Shenandoah” Syndrome (arr. Paul Gerike, Garrison Keillor)
9 Julia (Lennon/McCartney, arr. Paul Gerike, Richard Dworsky)

Disc two

1 The Runaway Choir (arr. Paul Gerike, Garrison Keillor)
Spring, the Sweet Spring, Sugar Sugar, Aquarius, Mandy, Bohemian Rhapsody, Karma Chameleon, Copacabana, Sunshine on My Shoulders, Memory
2 Norwegian Independence (Garrison Keillor)
Kan Du Glemme Gamle Norge, Serenade, Landkjenning, Aftensolen
3 Holy Trinity Lutheran Seeks Music Director
Garrison Keillor with Philip Brunelle at the piano
4 Beulah Land (John R. Sweney)
5 The Choral News from Lake Wobegon (Garrison Keillor)
Now Thank We All Our God, Sanctus, America the Beautiful, April Is in My Mistress’s Face, Hymn to the Trinity
6 Something (George Harrison, arr. Paul Gerike)
7 Spring Fever (Franz Schubert, Garrison Keillor)

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