First UCC to host Dan Chouinard, Prudence Johnson this Saturday

Jan 31 2009 7:30 pm
Jan 31 2009 9:00 pm

Prudence JohnsonFirst United Church of Christ “Congregational” is bringing highly-acclaimed Twin Cities musician Dan Chouinard and frequent “Prairie Home Companion” guest, singer Prudence Johnson, to Northfield Saturday, Jan. 31, for a musical tribute to three prolific composers who shaped the musical sensibilities of generations of Americans.

Their performance, “Here to Stay: Gershwin, Carmichael and the Great American Songbook,” will celebrate the work of George and Ira Gershwin and Hoagy Carmichael. These giants of American popular song provided the soundtrack for the American experience during the first half of the 20 century.  The music will begin at 7:30 p.m. at First UCC, 301 Division.

Dan Chouinard, an accomplished pianist and accordionist, is known for his unique blend of music and storytelling. He creates special programs for Minnesota Public Radio. Two recent shows, “Café Europa” (2005) and “Mambo Italiano” (2006), have been aired on Twin Cities public television.

Prudence Johnson, a frequent guest on Garrison Keillor’s “Prairie Home Companion,” launched her career with the vocal jazz group Rio Nido and has recorded three solo albums.

Chouinard and Johnson, who perform frequently together, will sprinkle the evening with authentic “old world” sounds plucked from the cafes of France and the streets of Italy. Chouinard promises a “relaxed, conversation-laced evening of timeless tunes delivered with love and verve.”

Tickets are $15 and available from First UCC during regular office hours Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. or Present Perfect, 419 Division St, in downtown Northfield.