An Evening with Garrison Keillor featuring Rich Dworsky and Heather Masse

Friday, July 21, 2017

Location Amphitheater

$43–73, Preferred Seating Available, gate pass or event ticket required

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Heard by millions of listeners on his iconic public radio show A Prairie Home Companion, Garrison Keillor continues to walk and talk the best of Americana. Blending poetry, song, and his famous down-to-earth musings about life in the American Midwest, the masterful storyteller captivates audiences across the country with his unique gift of observation in intimate, solo performances. Chautauqua is thrilled to welcome this well-loved Radio Hall of Fame inductee, best-selling author, Grammy and Peabody Award winner, and recipient of a National Humanities Medal back to the Amphitheater stage.


Richard Dworsky

rich dworsky railRichard Dworsky is a versatile keyboardist/composer/recording artist/producer/music director, and is known for his amazing ability to improvise compositions on the spot in virtually any style.

For 23 years (1993-2016), he served as pianist and music director for Garrison Keillor’s hugely successful A Prairie Home Companion, a live public radio variety show with, at its peak, over 4 million listeners. He provided original theatrical underscoring, led the house band, and performed as a featured soloist. He also accompanied Keillor and many of his guests including James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt, Sheryl Crow, Chet Atkins, Emmylou Harris, Carole King, Elvis Costello, Taj Mahal, The Everly Brothers, Yo-Yo Ma, Brad Paisley, Renée Fleming, Kristin Chenoweth, Shawn Colvin, and Mark Knopfler. He has appeared on many of Keillor's CDs (including five nominated for Grammys) and videos, and in TV specials on The Disney Channel, PBS, and the BBC. Dworsky made his on-screen film debut as pianist/bandleader in the 2006 Robert Altman film, A Prairie Home Companion, with an all-star ensemble cast including Meryl Streep, Lily Tomlin, Woody Harrelson, John C. Reilly, Lindsay Lohan, Kevin Kline, and Keillor. Richard also served as the film's music director, arranger, and composer. He frequently appears with Keillor in concerts as a duo, with orchestras, and with touring bands.

Since Keillor’s departure, Richard has continued on in his duties with Prairie Home’s successor host, the genius mandolin virtuoso, Chris Thile. On the new show, which began in 2016, he has collaborated with Thile and guests including Paul Simon, Ben Folds, Trey Anastasio, Marcus Mumford, Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers, Andrew Bird, Gaby Moreno, Anais Mitchell, Sarah Jarosz, and Aoife O’Donovan.

Heather Masse

heather mass press photoAlthough trained at the New England Conservatory of Music as a jazz singer, New York singer/songwriter Heather Masse is equally versed in a variety of American song traditions, which influences her more prevalent work in folk, pop, and bluegrass.

A member of the Billboard-charting folk group, The Wailin’ Jennys, she has performed at hundreds of venues across the world.  She has been a frequent guest on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion, both as a solo performer and as a member of The Jennys.  On the show, she has collaborated with artists such as Elvis Costello, Wynton Marsalis, Sheryl Crow, Renee Fleming, and Emmylou Harris.
 Ms. Masse has performed with the renowned contemporary bluegrass band The Wayfaring Strangers and in 2006, recorded an eponymous album with Joy Kills Sorrow, a contemporary stringband from Boston.

In 2008, Ms. Masse released Many Moons, an EP of jazz-inspired folk duets with pianist Jed Wilson. She followed that up with her first full-length solo album Bird Song. Her solo debut on Red House Records, showcased her luscious alto voice and her superb songwriting. The title track “Bird Song” won her 1st prize at the International Acoustic Music Awards, and in 2012 she also won a prestigious Juno Award for Bright Morning Stars, her latest recording with The Wailin’ Jennys.

Masse returned to her jazz roots in 2013 with Lock My Heart, an album of standards she recorded with piano legend Dick Hyman that had a long run on the jazz charts.

Masse continues to perform with the Wailin’ Jennys and can often be heard joining Garrison Keillor on A Prairie Home Companion.  Her most current recording, August Love Song- was released February 2016 with the renown trombonist Roswell Rudd.

Heather currently lives in the Catskills of New York with her husband, Ian and beautiful son, August.