Between War and Here - with Ensemble Galilei, Neal Conan and Anne Garrels

music, poetry & prose

Between War and Here - with Ensemble Galilei, Neal Conan and Anne Garrels

Neal Conan, Anne Garrels

Sunday, November 11th

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

$26 ADV / $30 DOOR (plus fees)

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Between War and Here
Between War and Here is a powerful new collaboration between journalists and musicians exploring honor, courage, loss, and hope. With music, poetry, and memoir, and featuring live narration by two of NPR’s most storied war correspondents, Neal Conan and Anne Garrels, Between War and Here is an extraordinary work of art both mesmerizing and timely.

Ensemble Galilei members Sue Richards and Carolyn Surrick spent seven years of Fridays playing for wounded warriors and their families at The Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Between War and Here is their attempt to give back to those soldiers.
Ensemble Galilei
Ensemble Galilei
Founded in 1990, Ensemble Galilei is a collection of players from both classical and Celtic backgrounds, playing Irish and Scottish airs and dance tunes, early and medieval music, and original compositions. Their intricate blend of instruments grants listeners passage to another world, evoking musical images of the ancient Celts and brought to life for today’s audiences.

Isaac Alderson, uillian pipes and Irish flute
Ryan McKasson, fiddle and viola
Jackie Moran, percussion
Kathryn Montoya, recorders, whistle, oboe
Sue Richards, Celtic harp
Carolyn Surrick, viola da gamba
Neal Conan
Neal Conan
Neal Conan got an "A" in his junior year in high school for an incisive analysis of New York City's mayoral election in 1966 and later paid for his sins as a City Hall beat reporter.

Upon his escape from Room 9, he covered many local, statewide and national elections -- including Mario Cuomo's first run for the statehouse in New York and Sen. Edward M. Kennedy's challenge to President Jimmy Carter in 1980.

A four-year stint as National Public Radio's correspondent in London provided the opportunity to cover European politics, including elections in Britain, France, Austria and West Germany. As a reporter, editor or producer, he's been involved in NPR's coverage of every U.S. election for the past quarter century.

As a host, Conan has anchored NPR's live coverage of political party conventions, presidential and vice-presidential debates, and, following the last election, the deliberations of the supreme courts in Tallahasse and Washington D.C. He also anchored the special midday coverage after the September 11th attacks and the recent war in Iraq.

Conan is the host of Talk of the Nation, NPR's flagship talk show.

He's also the author of Play by Play: Baseball, Radio and Life in the Last Chance League.
Anne Garrels
Anne Garrels
Anne Garrels was a long-time foreign correspondent for National Public Radio in the United States.

Garrels graduated from Harvard University's Radcliffe College in 1972. She subsequently worked at ABC in several positions for about ten years, including serving as Moscow bureau chief and correspondent until she was expelled in 1982, and as Central American bureau chief from 1984 to 1985. Garrels was the NBC News correspondent at the U.S. State Department. She joined NPR in 1988 and reported on conflicts in Chechnya, Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Israel and the West Bank. Garrels was the Edward R. Murrow Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations at the Council on Foreign Relations in 1996, and is a member of the board of the Committee to Protect Journalists.

Garrels was one of the 16 Western journalists who remained in Baghdad and reported live during the 2003 Iraq War. Shortly after her return from Iraq, she published Naked in Baghdad, a memoir of her time covering the events surrounding the invasion. She subsequently returned to Iraq several times for NPR. She was an embedded reporter with the U.S. Marines during the November 2004 attack on Fallujah. Garrels also covered the January 2005 Iraqi national elections for an interim government, as well as constitutional referendum and the December 2005 elections for the first full term Iraqi government. As sectarian violence swept much of central Iraq Garrels continued to report from Baghdad, Najaf and Basra.

In 2007 Garrels was criticized by FAIR for using confessions by prisoners who had been tortured during a story about an Iraqi Shiite militia (broadcast on NPR's Morning Edition). Garrels later defended her story on NPR's "Letters" program, saying: "Of course, I had doubts. But the details that were given seemed to me to gel with other things that I had heard from people who had not been tortured. But I was as uncomfortable as the listeners were with the conditions."

In March 2016, Garrels published Putin Country: A Journey into the Real Russia with Farrar, Straus, and Giroux ISBN 978-0374247720.