Richard A. Dworsky is a Jewish American pianist and composer. He appears weekly on the A Prairie Home Companion public radio variety show from American Public Media as the resident pianist and band leader. He has released several CDs of instrumental music which he composed, and his piano piece "A Morning With the Roses" appears on many Windham Hill Records collections including "Piano Sampler", "Windows — 25 Years of Windham Hill Piano", and "Windham Hill Chill — Ambient/Acoustic". He also released a collection of solo piano arrangements of 1960s rock music titled Back to the Garden.
He composed a musical version of L. Frank Baum's The Marvelous Land of Oz, which was premiered by The Children's Theatre Company of Minneapolis in 1981, and was filmed for presentation on TV( Showtime) and MCA Video. He appeared on camera as the pianist and band leader in the Robert Altman film A Prairie Home Companion (2006), and behind the scenes served as that film's conductor, arranger, and composer.
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