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Step back in time to 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.

On Dec. 4, the Kitchigami Regional Library System will host a free performance of The Golden Age of Radio for area residents to enjoy. The performance will begin at 4 p.m. at the Calvary Lutheran Church, 2508 S. Washington Ave. in Bemidji.

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 Nance Kunkel, Blackduck Community Library branch manager.

To guarantee a seat at the event, we recommend that you pick up free tickets at the Bemidji, Blackduck or Cass Lake branch libraries. Seating for non-ticket holders will be available at the event as space permits.

If enough interest is shown, transportation will be provided from Blackduck to the performance at Calvary Lutheran. Persons interested should contact the library by Nov. 30.

Prudence 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, Prudence developed a passion for jazz and the work of the 20th Century's great songwriters and found the perfect collaborator in pianist Dan 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 is presented as part of Minnesota's Greatest Generation in the Libraries -- a partnership between Minnesota Regional Public Libraries and the Minnesota Historical Society.

The partnership brings programs and services based on the Society's popular Minnesota's Greatest Generation project to 370 libraries throughout the state. Minnesota's Great Generation in the Libraries programs offer an extraordinary opportunity for residents to experience Minnesota and American history of the 1930s, '40s and '50s and that era's legacy in the present day.