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Revisit 'The Golden Age of Radio

Delight to the snazzy sounds of the days when radio was king and sing along with acclaimed vocalist Prudence Johnson and celebrated pianist Dan Chouinard. 

Friday, Dec. 3, the Park Rapids Area Library will host a free performance of "The Golden Age of Radio" at 7 p.m. at Riverside United Methodist Church, Park Rapids.  

Johnson and Chouinard are frequent guests on National Public Radio's "A Prairie Home Companion."

 "The Golden Age of Radio" is an entertaining, interactive performance of classic radio standards from the 1930s and '40s, brought to life with iconic photos and stories from the era.  

The program features such toe-tapping favorites as "A Tisket a Tasket" and "Accentuate The Positive." 

Audience members are invited to sing along with Johnson and Chouinard on such classics as "Singin' in the Rain" and the "Beer Barrel Polka."  Getting "gussied up" in period-appropriate or vintage-inspired attire is encouraged.

"This show offers a fantastic opportunity for all generations to learn about the history of radio while enjoying an amazing performance by two extraordinary musicians," said Jodi Schultz, Park Rapids Area Library branch manager. 

Johnson's career has taken her from honky-tonks to Carnegie Hall, from the theater stage to the Silver Screen, from the Midwest to the Middle East.  With her roots in folk and country music, Johnson developed a passion for jazz and the work of the 20th century's great songwriters, and found the perfect collaborator in pianist Chouinard.

Chouinard is a Minneapolis native who plays, tours and records regularly with an ever-expanding roster of musicians and writers.  He created the acclaimed radio series "The Singer's Voice," which is broadcast live every Sunday night from the Dakota Jazz Club.

"The Golden Age of Radio" performance is funded with money from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. 

To reserve tickets or for more information, call the Park Rapids Area Library at 732-4966.