“The Golden Age Of Radio” Coming To Cambridge High School

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 6:28 am

On Saturday, April 30, East Central Regional Library will host a free performance of “The Golden Age of Radio” for area residents to enjoy. The performance will begin at 3 p.m. at the Richard G. Hardy Performing Center at Cambridge High School, 430 8th Ave. NW, Cambridge.

Delight to the snazzy sounds of the days when radio was king! Sing along with acclaimed vocalist Prudence Johnson and celebrated pianist Dan Chouinard. Johnson and Chouinard are frequent guests on National Public Radio’s “A Prairie Home Companion.”

“The Golden Age of Radio” performance is funded with money from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. For more information, call the Cambridge Public Library at 763-689-7390, ext. 15.

“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.

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.

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