A Prairie Home Companion
The only live music and variety show aired nationwide today, A Prairie Home Companion® is a Saturday night staple for radio audiences everywhere. The show features a blend of musical performances, comedy, and collaborations that can't be heard anywhere else.
Hosted by Chris Thile, A Prairie Home Companion draws new, diverse talent to public radio, with guests such as Jack White, Esperanza Spalding, John Hodgman, Tig Notaro, Dawes, Angelique Kidjo, and Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers.
Mandolinist Chris Thile is among the most highly acclaimed musicians of his generation.Thile is among the most highly acclaimed musicians of his generation.
Chris made his first Prairie Home Companion appearance in 1996. That broadcast showcased remarkable young artists. Chris, then 15, clearly fit the bill. Since that early APHC booking, Chris, recipient of a 2012 MacArthur "genius" grant, has certainly made his mark - and not only in bluegrass music. His mandolin concerto, Ad astra per alas porci, had its official premiere in 2009 with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. He has collaborated with a who's who of musicians. His album Bass & Mandolin (Nonesuch) with Edgar Meyer won a Grammy, as did The Goat Rodeo Sessions (Sony Masterworks), when he joined forces with Meyer, Stuart Duncan, and Yo-Yo Ma. And his Bach: Sonatas and Partitas, Vol. 1 - music originally composed for violin - was released by Nonesuch Records in 2013.