Past Event

Stephen Foster and the Rise of American Music

A Road Scholar Program by Chris Vallillo

From his first hit with "Oh Susannah" in 1848 through his death in 1864, Stephen Foster created music that touched millions and lives and live on to this very day. In his lifetime, his songs were known and sung around the world and played a large part in the creation of an emerging popular American culture. Looking back, they also reflect the complex, torturous relationship between black and white cultures of the young nation. Award-winning folksinger and songwriter Chris Vallillo presents the music of Stephen Foster and explores the impact of this legendary American icon and his music on American culture.

This event is Free and Open to the public. For more information, please contact Joann Jeffers, 815-474-3755.