Arlo Guthrie Joins Garrison Keiller on Prairie Home Companion at Tanglewood 6/30


Garrison Keillor (l) and Arlo Guthrie have performed together before.

            Arlo Guthrie, along with The DiGiallonardo Sisters and Heather Masse, will be among the special guests performing on A Prairie Home Companion, hosted by Garrison Keillor at the Tanglewood’s Koussevitzky Music Shed in Lenox, MA, on Saturday June 30, at 5:45 p.m.  The long-running, live radio show, based in Saint Paul, Minnesota, is now touring, and will be making its 13th consecutive appearance Tanglewood, during the festival’s 75th anniversary season. The program is filled with special guest performances, comedy sketches, musical interludes and Keillor’s signature monologue, “The News from Lake Wobegon.” The live performance will be broadcast on over 600 public radio stations across the country through American Public Media. Tickets, ranging from $21-$71 are available at, or by visiting the Tanglewood box office.

Arlo Guthrie was born with a guitar in one hand and a harmonica in the other, in Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York in 1947. He is the eldest son of America’s most beloved singer/writer/philosopher Woody Guthrie and Marjorie Mazia Guthrie, a professional dancer with the Martha Graham Company and founder of The Committee to Combat Huntington’s Disease.

Arlo Guthrie’s career exploded in 1967 with the release of “Alice’s Restaurant,” whose title song premiered at the Newport Folk Festival helped foster a new commitment among the ’60s generation to social consciousness and activism. Arlo went on to star in the 1969 Hollywood film version of “Alice’s Restaurant,” directed by Arthur Penn.

Over the last four decades Guthrie has toured throughout North America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia, winning a wide, popular following. In addition to his accomplishments as a musician, playing the piano, six and twelve-string guitar, harmonica and a dozen other instruments, Arlo is a natural-born storyteller, whose tales and anecdotes figure prominently in his performances. Mr. Guthrie has performed a number of times with the Boston Pops including the July 4 celebration 2001, which attracted an audience of 750,000 people and was broadcast live by A&E.

Garrison Keillor is the host and writer of A Prairie Home Companion and The Writer’s Almanac heard on public radio stations across the country and the author of more than a dozen books, including Lake Wobegon DaysThe Book of GuysLove Me and Homegrown Democrat. He was born in Anoka, MN, in 1942 and graduated from the University of Minnesota. He lives in St. Paul with his wife and daughter. He has two grandsons. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts & Letters and the Episcopal church.

Tanglewood, this year celebrating its 75th anniversary as the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, opens on Friday, June 22, with the return of Yo-Yo Ma and his Silk Road Ensemble, and closes September 2, with a Boston Pops concert led by Thomas Wilkins and featuring the ever-popular Michael Feinstein. For detailed information about the 2012 Tanglewood season, including how to purchase tickets, priced from $9 to $117 for regular season concerts (non-benefactor tickets to the July 14 Gala Anniversary Concert are priced from $30 to $250), visit Tickets are available through Tanglewood’s website,, and through SymphonyCharge at 888-266-1200. Tanglewood continues to offer free lawn tickets to young people age 17 and under and a50% discount on lawn tickets to college and graduate students.

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