Hear musicians perform live at Lawrence Public Library this Friday

photo by: Mike Yoder

Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St., is pictured Aug. 20, 2015.

Looking for a quiet place to study this Friday? Lawrence Public Library might not be the best bet.

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Kansas Public Radio is hosting its second annual Live Day, and half of the performances will be at the library, free and open to the public.

“It’s a great space to have live music,” said Kristin Soper, events coordinator for the library.

Soper said the library couldn’t host live music sessions often — for somewhat obvious reasons — but that when it did, “It’s just really enjoyable to have good music in the library.”

Every hour, performances will alternate between the KPR Live Performance Studio (on the University of Kansas campus) and the library, where the performances will take place in the atrium. Musicians are both regional and local.

KU School of Music professor Steven Spooner and assistant professor Mike Compitello are two of the performers.

Darrell Brogdon, of KPR, will be hosting the live broadcast with Cordelia Brown. Brogdon said last year was a great success and that the station received many positive comments from listeners.

“We hope to make this an event every year,” he said.

The musicians are diverse in style and instruments, Brogdon said, and he’s heard specifically that Compitello’s performance should be “wild.”

If listeners are unavailable to tune in during the day, they can listen to highlights from the performances, which will be rebroadcast from 7 to 9 p.m. on KPR or online at kansaspublicradio.org.

Here’s Friday’s schedule:

• 9-10 a.m.: Ångström Brass quintet led by Patrick Doyle, Kansas City (studio)

• 10-11 a.m.: Plaza Winds (Quintet) led by Gözde Çakir, UMKC (library)

• 11 a.m.-12 p.m.: Steven Spooner, piano, KU (studio)

• 12-1 p.m.: Larkin Sanders, recorder, with George Moss, lute, Kansas City (library)

• 1-2 p.m.: Destiny Ann Mermagen, violin, with Thomas Rosenkranz, piano, Kansas City (studio)

• 2-3 p.m.: Mike Compitello, percussion, KU (library)


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