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Modern-day Washington takes the romance of radio and music for granted. But until the turn of the century, music hadn’t found its soul mate. To honor the 95th anniversary of the first trans-Atlantic radio broadcast by Guglielmo Marconi as well as the 70th anniversary of the founding by David Sarnoff of the National Broadcasting Network, later NBC, the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) invites all to attend a wide-ranging celebration of this lasting love affair. Composer Peter Schickele, aka P.D.Q. Bach, will kick off the festivities at 3 p.m. with a discussion of the close ties between radio and music in contemporary culture. At 4 p.m. the National Musical Arts, NAS’s resident chamber ensemble, will perform a concert to include Schickele’s “Dream Dances and Quartet,” Paul Schonfield’s “Three Fiddle Pieces,” which explores ragtime, blues, and Mexican-style folk music for the fiddle, and John Cage’s “Radio Music,” whose always up-to-date sound is produced by radios tuned to several different frequencies. As part of the fest, local ham operators will also set up a 48-hour station to broadcast information about the concert and receive greetings from high-profile hams like King Hussein of Jordan and King Juan-Carlos of Spain. The program runs from 3-6 p.m. in the National Academy of Sciences Auditorium, 2100 C St. NW. FREE. (202) 334-2436. (Julie Wakefield)