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7:59 am Rich Samuels: 'Show Close' 4/10/2014
7:50 am The Wisconsin Brass Quintet (1993): '"Spring" from Seasons, a Symphony for Brass Quintet' 4/10/2014
7:48 am Rich Samuels: 'Comment' 4/10/2014
7:31 am The Chicago Symphony Orchestra- Daniel Barenboim conducting: 'Symphony No. 1 (1988-89) 3: Chaconne; 4: Epilogue' 4/10/2014
7:30 am Rich Samuels: 'Comment' 4/10/2014
7:08 am The Chicago Symphony Orchestra- Daniel Barenboim conducting: 'Symphony No. 1 (1988-1989) 1: Apologue; 2: Tarantella' 4/10/2014
7:06 am Rich Samuels: 'Comment' 4/10/2014
7:01 am BBC News: 'News' 4/10/2014
6:59 am Rich Samuels: 'Comment' 4/10/2014
6:53 am Jeffrey Biegel, piano: 'Caprice Espagnol Op. 17' 4/10/2014
6:52 am Rich Samuels: 'Comment' 4/10/2014
6:46 am Chanticleer (which commissioned this work: 'Observer in the Magellanic Cloud (2010)' 4/10/2014
6:45 am Rich Samuels: 'Comment' 4/10/2014
6:38 am Insurgent Radio Kiosk: 'Kiosk' 4/10/2014
6:37 am Rich Samuels: 'Comment' 4/10/2014
6:08 am The Gregg Smith Singers (directed by Gregg Smith) and the New York Choral Society (John Daly Goodwin, conductor): 'Of Time and the River (1945)' 4/10/2014
6:06 am Rich Samuels: 'Comment' 4/10/2014
6:01 am BBC News: 'News' 4/10/2014
5:59 am Rich Samuels: 'Comment' 4/10/2014
5:56 am Carol Rosenberger (piano): 'Poissons d'or' 4/10/2014
5:54 am Rich Samuels: 'Comment' 4/10/2014
5:39 am The Malmö Symphony Orchestra conducted by Andrew Mogrelia: 'Four Dances from "Love's Labour's Lost" Op. 167 (1953: Sarabande, Gavotte, Spanish Dance, Russian Dance' 4/10/2014
5:38 am Rich Samuels: 'Comment' 4/10/2014
5:20 am James Brawn, piano: 'Piano Sonata No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 13 (1798-99) ("Pathétique)' 4/10/2014
5:19 am Rich Samuels: 'Comment' 4/10/2014
5:09 am The NBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Arturo Toscanini (recorded in 1948): 'Academic Festival Overture Op. 80 (1880)' 4/10/2014
5:06 am Rich Samuels: 'Comment' 4/10/2014
5:00 am Insurgent Radio Kiosk: 'Kiosk' 4/10/2014

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Welcome to the Blog of Rich Samuels, Host of “Anything Goes”

Wednesday, 17 October 2012 | Rich Samuels

On the left is a photo of me (snapped by April 14, 2009, by Chicago Sun-Times photographer Brian Jackson) seemingly yelling at Rod Blagojevich. The former Illinois governor had just exited Chicago’s Dirksen Federal Building where he had entered a “not guilty” plea to a wide variety of corruption charges, including the allegation that he had attempted to market, for personal gain, the seat in the U.S. Senate left vacant when Barack Obama was elected President.

I was part of the media scrum (a correspondent for the “Chicago Tonight” show which airs on WTTW, one of Chicago’s public television stations) that pursued Blago that day: and, to be quite frank, I only appear to be yelling at the disgraced former governor: in reality, I was trying to locate my camera operator who had disappeared into the crowd, nowhere to be seen.

A month short of three years after that picture was taken (it’s recently been recycled as the cover art for Natasha Korecki’s book “Only in Chicago”), Rod Blagojevich began serving a 14 year sentence at the Federal Correctional Center Englewood near Denver. I wasn’t around to witness the denouement of his prosecution: I retired from television journalism at the end of 2009 and, as Garrison Keillor once put it, “moved up to radio”.

Since November of 2010 I’ve been hosting WORT’s “Anything Goes” show, bringing my listeners classical music every Thursday morning between the hours of 5 and 8.

To the greatest extent possible, I try to feature the work of local artists and composers, especially those who are younger. When necessary, I have the capability of recording interviews and performances in the field.

I hope you’ll be able to join me each week. I also hope you can continue to provide WORT with the financial support that makes this kind of programming (which is obviously not for everyone) possible.

When I’m not on the air you can follow me via this blog, via Twitter, Facebook or my personal website.


Music Featured on the August 29, 2013 Edition of “Anything Goes” Hosted by Rich Samuels on WORT 89.9 FM Madison, Wisconsin

08/27/13 11:35 AM | Rich Samuels

5:09 am: “Omphale’s Spinning Wheel 5:18 am: Symphony No. 4 in B-flat Op. 60 by Ludwig van Beethoven performed by the Academy of Saint Martin in the Fields conducted by Joshua Bell. 5:52 am: Shannon Scott (clarinet) and Leonard Garrison (flute) perform “Three Romances for Flute and Clarinet” by Daniel Dorff. 6:08 am: Pianist Daniel del Pino performs Goyescas Part II by Enrique Granados. 6:38 am: Ensemble Pi performs :Vykovar Trio” by Laura Kaminsky. 6:54 am: The New York Brass Quintet performs “Linear Directions for Brass” by Frank Bennett. 7:08 am: Members of the Karp family talk about the Karp family concert scheduled for 7:30 pm on 9/2 at Mills Hall. 7:45 am The first movement of Mozart’s Concerto in D major for Piano and Orchestra K. 537 recorded at last year’s Token Creek Chamber Music Festival. Performed by Robert Levin (piano), Heidi Braun-Hill and Rosemary Harbison *violins), John Harbison (piano) and Rhonda Rider (cello).

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The WORT 89.9 FM Madison, Wisconsin Area Classical Music Calendar for the Week Beginning August 22, 2013 Prepared by Rich Samuels, Host of “Anything Goes”

08/19/13 9:28 AM | Rich Samuels

Thursday August 22, 5 pm and 8:30 pm at the Token Creek Festival Barn, 037 Hwy. 19 , DeForest. The Token Creek chamber Music Festival presents “Harry Warren & Vocal Jazz”. The Token Creek Festival opens this year on August 21 & 22nd with a program of jazz featuring the music of Harry Warren and the first Wisconsin appearance of Boston-based Vocal Jazz Ensemble. The Token Creek Festival, which takes place annually late in August, has become known for its unique and imaginative programming and the welcoming beauty of its magical performance space in a refurbished barn at the sylvan summer retreat of John and Rose Mary Harbison, who serve as the Festival’s artistic directors. The Festival began offering its jazz events in 2003 and quickly established itself as one of Madison’s premiere jazz venues. Each year devoting itself to one or two composers, and offering an impressive roster of guests artists who join the house band, the barn is transformed for a few evenings into an authentic jazz club, complete with small tables, dim lighting and candles, beverages and refreshments available during sets, and – most important – a vibrant atmosphere conducive to respectful listening. The room accommodates 85 listeners, contributing to its intimacy and intensity. This summer the Festival’s jazz program surveys composer Harry Warren, an especially appropriate choice for a tenth anniversary celebration. The program includes some of his best-known hits (“I Only Have Eyes for You,” “At Last,” “Lulu’s Back In Town”), while also – as always – offering some choice little-known treasures like “I Want to be a Dancing Man,” “You’re Gettin’ to be a Habit,” and “This Heart of Mine.” The Vocal Jazz Ensemble was formed at MIT in the spring of 2011, and has been coached since its inception by Institute Professor John Harbison. The ten singers, each of whom passes a rigorous audition process by peers, have quickly risen to notoriety not only on campus but throughout Boston. Recent performances include an appearance in May with the Boston Pops at Boston’s Symphony Hall, and a professional recording with the Festival Jazz Ensemble. Five members of VJE will perform at Token Creek with the house band, made up of John Harbison (piano), John Schaffer (bass), Todd Steward (drums), Tom Artin (trombone), and Rose Mary Harbison (violin). Info at Thursday August 22, 7 pm at Rennebohm Park 115 N. Eau Claire Ave. , Madison. The Capitol City Band presents its next-to-last free concert for the 2013 season. Saturday, August 24, 7 pm at ….

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Music Featured on the August 22 Edition of “Anything Goes” Hosted by Rich Samuels on WORT 89.9 FM Madison, Wisconsin

08/19/13 9:21 AM | Rich Samuels

5:09 am: Joshua Pierce (piano) and the Capella Istropolitana conducted by Kirk Trevor perform the Concerto No. 1 in D minor for Keyboard and Strings BWV 1052 by Johann Sebastian Bach 5:34 am: Samuel Barber’s Violin Concerto Op. 14 performed by violinist Zina Schiff and the MAV Symphony Orchestra conducted by Avlana Eisenberg. 5:58 am: Pianist Cecil Lytle performs his setting of the traditional hymn “Close to Thee”. 6:08 am: Pianist Daniel del Pino performs the first section of “Goyescas” by Enrique Granados. 6:50 am : Organist William Neill performs the first movement (allegro) of the Organ Symphony No. 6 Op. 42 by Charles-Marie Widor on the John Jay Hopkins Memorial Organ at the National Presbyterian Church, Washington, D.C. 7:08 am: John and Rosemanr Harbison talk about the classical music and performers featured at this year’s Token Creek Chamber Music Festival. 7:52 am: The traditional hymns “Were You There” and “Bye and Bye” performed in versions by Paul Robeson, Lawrence Brown and Cecil Lytle.    

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The WORT 89.9FM Classical Music Calendar for the Week Beginning August 15, 2013 Prepared by Rich Samuels, Host of “Anything Goes”

08/14/13 2:47 PM | Rich Samuels

Thursday, August 15 7 pm at Rennebohm Park, 115 North Eau Claire, Madison. The Capitol City Band presents its 802dn free summer concert. Friday August 16, 6 pm at the Madison Museum of Contemporary (lecture hall, first floor) Art, 227 State Street, Madison. (This concert will be repeated Saturday, August 17 at 7 pm at Capitol Lakes Retirement Community, Grand Hall, 333 W. Main Street, Madison) The Black Marigold Woodwind Quintet in Concert. Black Marigold welcomes the dog days of August with a free concert series of chamber works hot enough to fry an egg on the stage. Join the members of this local woodwind quintet as they perform arrangements some of their favorite orchestral works, including a 100th anniversary celebration of the infamous premiere of Igor Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring. Any riotous reactions to this challenging quintet adaptation will hopefully come in the form of applause. All performances are free and open to the public. Program: Overture to “Candide” – Leonard Bernstein, trans. Don Stewart Le Tombeau de Couperin – Maurice Ravel, arr. Mason Jones The Rite of Spring – Igor Stravinsky, arr. Jonathan Russell Rhapsody in Blue – George Gershwin, arr. Ernst-Thilo Kalke Elizabeth Marshall, flute Laura Medsiky, oboe Bethany Schultz, clarinet Kia Karlen, horn Cynthia Cameron Fix, bassoon More information at and Saturday August 17 11 am at Overture Center-Overture Hall, 201 State Street, Madison. The Madison Symphony Orchestra;s Free Farmer’s Market Organ Concert Have a blast with the Overture Concert Organ! Fourteen-year-old virtuoso Adrian Binkley makes his Overture Concert Organ debut with MSO Principal Organist Samuel Hutchison. The program includes Edward Elgar’s Imperial March, Bach’s Sonata I in E-Flat Major, Arthur Sullivan’s The Lost Chord, William Walond’s Introduction and Toccata, Ennio Morricone’s Gabriel’s Oboe, Leon Boëllmann’s Suite Gothique. Everyone is welcome and no tickets are needed. Monday August 19, 7-9 pm (repeated on Wednesday August 21 7-9 pm) at the Pyle Center, 702 Langdon St. Rm 313, Madison. The Mayrent Institute (featuring Sherry Mayrent) offers two evening workshops on Yiddish music performance. These “slow tempo” workshops are aimed primarily at musicians who are relatively new to klezmer music performance, but may also be of interest to students interested in learning more about klezmer music theory. Students will learn to play several klezmer tunes as well as learn about the theoretical and stylistic underpinnings of klezmer performance. These workshops are free and open to the public. Space is limited, so please register early. You may attend the Monday workshop, the Wednesday workshop, or both. For ….

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Music Featured on the August 15, 2013 Edition of “Anything Goes” Hosted by Rich Samuels on WORT 89.9 FM Madison, Wisconsin

08/9/13 4:06 PM | Rich Samuels

5:09 am: Pianist Cameron Watson performs the Fantasia and Rondo in A by C.P.E. Bach 5:24 am: The New York Philharmonic conducted by Willem Mengelberg perform the overture to Engelbert Humperdinck’s opera “Hansel and Gretel” 5:32 am: David Hays (violin) and Peter Collins (piano) perform lullabies by Robert Schumann, Benjamin Godard and Claude Debussy. 5:46 am: Pianist Vladimir Askenazy performs the Prelude and Gugue No. 11 in B major and the Prelude and Fugue NO. 12 in G-sharp minor by Dmitri Shostakovich. 5:57 am: Shannon Scott (clarinet) and Leonard Garrison (flute) perform three Two Part Inventions by J.S. Bach (arranged byDaniel DOrff). 6:08 am: Duo pianists John and Richard Contiguglia perform Franz Liszt’s Fantasy on Favorite Themes from Vincenzo Bellini’s “La Sonnambula” 6:23 am: Harpist Maria Graf peforms Germaine Tailleferre’s “Sonata for Harp” 6:39 am: The Harlem Quartet and the Chicago Sinfonietta conducted by Mei-An Chen perform the Concerto for String Quartet and Orchestra by Benjamin Lees. 7:08 am: Composer John Harbison discusses the jazz featured at this year’s Token Creek Chamber Music Festival. 7:28 am: The Black Marigold Woodwind Quintet performs Robert Muszynski’s “Quintet for Winds” 7:41 am: The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by JoAnn Falletta peforms Duke Ellington’s “Blacl, Brown and Beige Suite” (orchestrated by Maurice Peress.    

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The WORT Madison, Wisconsin Area Classical Music Calendar for the Week Beginning August 8, 2013 Compiled by Rich Samuels, Host of “Anything Goes”

08/6/13 7:52 AM | Rich Samuels

Thursday August 8 7 pm at Rennebohm Park, 115 North Eau Claire, Madison. The Capitol City Band presents its 801st free concert. Friday, August 9, 7:30 pm at Music Hall, 925 Bascom Mall, Madison. MAYCO, the Madison Area Youth chamber Orchestra, presents its “New Horizons” concert. The program features Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1 Haydn Trumpet Concerto (featuring soloist Ansel Norris) Vivaldi Concerto for Violin and Oboe (transcribed for violin and trumpet; the violinist is Axel Norris, brother of Ansel) An original composition for MAYCO by Madison composer Jerry Hui. Friday, August 9, 7:30 pm at Madison College Truax Campus Mitby Theater Mitby Theater, 1701 Wright Street, Madison (repeated at 7:30 pm on 8/10, 8/17 and 8/17; and at 2 pm on 8/11 and 8/18). The Four Seasons Theatre presents “Les Miserables”. Discover a nation in the grip of revolution, where convict Jean Valjean is on the run. Hunted relentlessly by the policeman Javert for breaking his parole, he must leave his past behind and keep his vow to raise the young orphaned Cosette. With revolution in the air and Javert closing in, Jean Valjean has no choice but to fight for his life and sacrifice everything to protect the people he loves. More information at and The Mitby Box Office at (608) 243-4000. Saturday August 10, 8 pm at Mills Hall, 455 N. Park Street, Madison. Nathaniel Bartlett, Marimba with guests Geoff Brady and Stephen Dembski. Join marimbist-composer Nathaniel Bartlett to experience his latest musical endeavors and celebrate the release of his 5th album, “timeSpacePlace”. Performances will include new music for marimba with real-time, three-dimensional, high-definition, computer-generated sound and real-time computer notation processing with guest artist Geoff Brady on theremin. Also featured will be performances with Bartlett’s newly-developed video-computer interactive interface directed by Dr. Stephen Dembski, UW School of Music. Bartlett will perform an incredible piece for solo marimba from the modern marimba repertoire, “Dances of Earth and Fire” by Peter Klatzow. Wednesday August 14, 7 pm at Old Sauk Trail Business Park, 1200 John Q. Hammons Business Park, Madison. The Gialamas Company presents the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra in concert. On Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 7pm, WYSO’s Youth Orchestra will perform for a crowd of thousands at Concert in the Park, sponsored by the Gialamas Company. This free event at Old Sauk Trails Park has become a favorite summer tradition for families and music lovers of all ages, and will once again feature great pre-concert activities in addition to the excellent performance by WYSO’s young musicians. Guests are ….

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Music Featured on the August 8, 2013 Edition of “Anything Goes” Hosted by Rich Samuels on WORT 89.9 FM Madison, Wisconsin.

08/3/13 10:10 AM | Rich Samuels

5:09 am: Piano Sonata No. 31 in A-flat major by Ludwig van Beethoven. Performed by Cameron Watson. 5:32 am: String Quartet No. 4 in D major by Dmitri Shostakovich. Performed by the Pacifica Quartet. 5:58 am: Soprano Amy Haworth and fortepianist Trevor Stephenson perform “Wandrers Nachtlied” by Franz Schubert. 6:08 am: The New York Philharmonic conducted by Willem Mengelberg performs Beethoven’s Egmont Overture (recorded in 1930). 6:17 am: The Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Anton Wit performs the Lachian Dances by Leoš Janáček. 6:45 am: The Zofo Duet (Eva Maria Zimmermann and Keisuke Nakagoshi) perform the Sonata for Four Hands by Harold Shapero, 7:08 am: The Cleveland Orchestra directed by Pierre Boulez performs La Ville d’en haut by Olivier Messiaen. 7:18 am: Madison’s Black Marigold Woodwind Quintet performed Bagatelles 2-6 by György Ligeti. 7:31 am: The Warsaw Philharmonic directed by Anton Wit performs the Partita for Harpsichord, Electric Guitar, Bass Guitar, Harp, Double Bass and Orchestra by Krzysztof Penderecki. 7:52 am: Violinist Caroline Goulding performs Souvenir d’Amerique by Henri Vieuxtemps, 7:57 am: The U.S. Marine Band performs Morton Gould’s arrangement of “Yankee Doodle”.

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The WORT 89.9 FM Madison, Wisconsin Area Classical Music Calendar for the Week Beginning August 1, 2013 Compiled by Rich Samuels, Host of “Anything Goes”

07/29/13 3:44 PM | Rich Samuels

Thursday August 1, 2013, 7 pm at Rennebohm Park, 115 N. Eau Claire Ave., Madison. The Capitol City Band presents its 800th free concert. The band is certain to “put on the ritz” at Rennebohm Park on Thursday, August 1 as the Capitol City Band celebrates concert number 800. The highlight work will feature the Wisconsin Dells Singers and Dancers (musicians of the Ho Chunk Nation) in a piece written by the late Kenneth Funmaker set to music with band by Jim Latimer and arranged by Madison’s Frank Ferriano. According to Latimer, the Ho Chunk musicians, Leader-Elliott Funmaker, will drum and sing Soldier Chief’s Song to an integrated band arrangement that will be played by the Capitol City Band. The Ho Chunk dancers in full regalia will do traditional tribal dance. The piece was first premiered on the Square for Dane 175. When asked why he chose this piece to celebrate this milestone concert achievement, Latimer said “It takes us back to our roots. Elliott Funmaker, his family, and the musicians I have come to know are very talented and have a very spiritual message in their celebrations and respect for the meaning of life, country and music. Afterall, there’s something spiritual about the now 45-year tradition of the Capitol City Band’s summer concerts-in-the-park.” The remainder of the program will be “Americana” including Irving Berlin’s Songs for America, Arms of America by Arthur Pryor and LaBelle Americana (songs about American women) arranged by Warren Barker. Three professional singers, Rachel Warrick, Nora Edie and Abby Nichols, all of Madison, will join for their trio rendition of Cabaret followed by How Long Has Then Been Going On. The program also includes The President’s March (Fillmore), Daydream (J.B. Sebastian), The Four Hornsmen (D. Bennett) featuring the horn section, Begin the Beguine (C. Porter) and A Celebration of Spirituals (arranged by W. Barker). Board Chairman, Nancy Riesch-Flannery, says “it seems fitting to close with Semper Fidelis or Always Faithful (in translation) by J. P. Sousa because one of Latimer’s messages to the audience at every concert is that the march king’s music reminds us of who we are, why we are here and where we are going.” Friday August 2, 7:300 pm at Luther Memorial Church, 1021 University Avenue, Madison (Repeated Sunday August 4, 3 pm, at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 326 South Segoe Road, Madison). The Isthmus Vocal Ensemble in Concert. Join us for our 12th season of transformative choral performances featuring masterworks by Bach, Brahms, Mahler, Sweelinck, and Britten. We perform Friday evening ….

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Music Featured on the August 1, 2013 Edition of “Anything Goes” Hosted by Rich Samuels on WORT, 89.9 FM, Madisons, Wisconsin.

07/29/13 8:59 AM | Rich Samuels

5:09 am: Organist William Neil and violinist Heather Green perform the Chaconne in G Minor for Violin and Organ attriputed (probably erroniously) to Tomaso Antonio Vitali. 5:20 am: Pianist Cameron Watson performs the Preludem Variations and Fugue in D minor by C.P.E. Bach. 5:38 am: Pianist Vladimir Ashkenazy performs the Prelude and Fugue No. 9 in E major and the Prelude and Fugue No. 10 in C-sharp minor by Dmitri Shostakovich. 5:51 am: Harpist Maria Graf performs Divertissments in the French Manner and the Spanish Manner by André Caplet. 6:08 am: Pianist Sun Hee You and the Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma conducted by Francesco La Vecchia perform Alfredo Casella’s Partita for Small Orchestra, 6:45 am: Charles Tibbette (horn) and Wolfgang Heinzel (piano) perform Alec Wilder’s Sonata NO. 3 for Horn and Piano. 7:08 am: The Capitol City Band under the baton of Jim Latimer performs the overture to “Orpheus in the Underworld” by Jacques Offenbach. 7:19 am: The Chicago chamber Musicians directed by Michael Mulcahy perform Laura Schwendinger’s “Nonet”. 7:38 am: Selections from the score for the 1958 MGM film “The Big Country”. Jerome Moross, the composer, conducts the MGM studio orchestra. 7:55 am. The overture to the 1954 production of “The Golden Apple” by Jerome Moross and the song “Lazy Afternoon” from the same show sung in the original cast recording by Kaye Ballard.  

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The WORT 89.9 FM Madison, Wisconsin Area Classical Music Calendar for the Week Beginning July 25, 2013 Compiled by Rich Samuels, Host of “Anything Goes”.

07/24/13 8:43 AM | Rich Samuels

Thursday July 25, 7 pm at Rennebohm Park Park, 115 N. Eau Claire Ave., Madison. The Capitol City City Band presents its weekly summer concert. (Next week’s concert will be its 800th!). Monday, July 29, 7:30 pm at Taliesin-Hillside theater, Spring Green/ The Rural Musicians Forum featuring Dr. Adam Dachman,. The concert will feature his own works and a special performance of George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. Wednesday July 31 7:30 pm at Capitol Square, King Street Corner, Madison. The Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra presents its latest Concert on the Square, a John Denver & Dan Fogelberg tribute with guests Bob Stillman, Le Ann Etheridge, Casey Kelly, Pat McInerney, Troy Engle, As we wrap up our 30th season, you’ll be transported to the mountains of Colorado, as we present the music of two quintessential singer/songwriters of the 70′s, John Denver and Dan Fogelberg. Yes, it’s all “Part of the Plan” for you to appreciate the music as you feel the “Sunshine on Your Shoulders.” You’re really going to enjoy this one. CONCERT HIGHLIGHTS Annie’s Song Sunshine on My Shoulders Leader of the Band Part of the Plan

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