LAWRENCE – Kansas Public Radio will celebrate its 70th anniversary with a day of live classical music on Sept. 15. Individuals may attend these free concerts at the Lawrence Public Library or listen to the broadcast live from KPR and the Lied Center of Kansas.

KPR celebrates 70 years of classical music with Live Day on Sept. 15Ad Astra, a local piano and cellist duo, will kick off the day at 9 a.m. in the KPR Live Performance Studio. Cucharada will directly follow at 10 a.m. in the Lawrence Public Library atrium, which will be open to the public, featuring live tango music.

Performances will continue to alternate every hour between the KPR Live Performance Studio and the Lawrence Public Library until 2 p.m. Additional performers include pianist Sławomir Dobrzański, the St. Petersburg String Quartet, and woodwind and piano trio Allégresse.

The evening will conclude with a live broadcast featuring a concert by Kansas City violinist Destiny Ann Mermagen, along with accompanying pianist Tatiana Tessman and cellist Michael Mermagen from the Lied Center at 7 p.m.

KPR’s Darrell Brogdon and Cordelia Brown will host the broadcast. Highlights from the event will re-broadcast from 2 to 3 p.m. on KPR or online at kansaspublicradio.org.

KPR, a 21-time winner of the KAB’s Station of the Year, licensed to the University of Kansas, 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. KPR can be heard online at kansaspublicradio.org, and KPR2, a news-talk programming stream, which can be heard on an HD receiver or on KPR’s website.

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