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KPR Welcomes Destiny Ann Mermagen as New Classical Host

Destiny Ann Mermagen performs at KPR's Live Day on Sept. 15, 2022. (Photo by Jake Jacobson)
Destiny Ann Mermagen performs at KPR's Live Day on Sept. 15, 2022. (Photo by Jake Jacobson)

Kansas Public Radio is thrilled to welcome our newest classical music host, Destiny Ann Mermagen! Following the retirement of long-time Evening Classical host Marcia Higginson, KPR was left without a local nighttime classical music figure. We're so excited to have such a talented musician as Destiny fill this role and join us at the station this Tuesday, November 1, at 7 p.m.

Kansas City violinist Destiny Ann Mermagen, also known as the Classical Cowgirl, offers a unique combination of the classical tradition alongside American folk music. She is the winner of many international competitions and performance awards, and has appeared as violin soloist and chamber musician in various prestigious venues across the United States, Russia, Prague, and elsewhere in Europe. Some of her regional venue appearances include Kennedy Center stages, Strathmore Hall, and New York City's Carnegie Hall.

In 2015, Destiny received the Live Positive award, given for acts of kindness. She donated the $10,000 cash prize to Washington, D.C.'s Veterans Affairs Medical Center, where she volunteered her time giving musical performances. As a current resident of Prairie Village, Kansas, Destiny now volunteers at the Kansas City Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Missouri. 

Destiny is no stranger to KPR; she has been performing on the radio, and even helping out with our membership drives, for several years. Many may also remember her from a recent concert appearance during KPR's Live Day as our featured musician.

Destiny was kind enough to tell us a little more about herself and what's in store for Evening Classical with her as host:

Could you briefly describe your start with KPR?

I first became involved with the station during the 2019 Live Day when I performed music from my album Classical Cowgirl: Bach to Barn Burners™. I've always had an affinity for radio - the radio was constantly on while growing up on the farm. I developed quite an imagination by creating pictures in my mind of both the music and to whom I was listening (I'm pretty sure I got an IQ bump from this, haha)!

What excites you most about this new position at KPR?

To have the chance to play and speak at Live Day, and then again for membership drives was an absolute blast. I'm most excited about connecting with our listeners through this special medium of radio that we have - I can't wait to share my love of classical music and zest for life that it brings me with all of our KPR friends out there.

What can listeners expect from Evening Classical with you as host?

I hope to bring new listeners into this community who might not know just how much they enjoy classical music (yet!). It can be so fun, and I'm determined that it will be!

Listen live for Destiny's radio host debut this Tuesday, November 1, at 7 p.m., and listen to her every Monday - Thursday from 7 - 9 p.m. during Evening Classical on KPR!