KPR’s Live Day will celebrate 70 years broadcasting, including 2 free concerts at Lawrence library

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Kansas Public Radio will soon celebrate its 70th anniversary with a day of live performances of classical music that will be broadcast for all to hear, including two concerts open to everyone at the Lawrence Public Library.

Performances will alternate every hour between the KPR Live Performance Studio and the Lawrence Public Library from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, according to a news release from the station. Darrell Brogdon and Cordelia Brown will host the broadcast, which can be heard on the radio and at KPR online,

Starting at 9 a.m., local piano and cellist duo Ad Astra will perform in the KPR studio.

At 10 a.m., Cucharada will perform tango music in the library atrium, where the public is welcome to come listen. Next up at the library will be the St. Petersburg Quartet, from noon to 1 p.m.

Additional performers on Live Day will include pianist Sławomir Dobrzański and woodwind and piano trio Allégresse, according to the release, and highlights of the day will be rebroadcast from 2 to 3 p.m.

Live Day will conclude with a live broadcast starting at 7 p.m. of a concert by Kansas City violinist Destiny Ann Mermagen, along with accompanying pianist Tatiana Tessman and cellist Michael Mermagen.

KPR broadcasts on 91.5 FM and 96.1 FM (KPR2) in Lawrence, 89.7 FM in Emporia, 91.3 FM in Olsburg-Junction City, 89.9 FM in Atchison, 90.3 FM in Chanute, and 99.5 FM and 97.9 FM (KPR2) in Manhattan. KPR2, a news-talk programming stream, can be heard on an HD receiver or on KPR’s website, according to the release.

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