From Prairie to Farm to City: Music to Commemorate Illinois’ Bicentennial

Sunday, October 21, 2018 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: 

  • Illinois State Museum, Springfield

Event Venue: 

Illinois State Museum Auditorium

Event Audience: 

Adult
Teen

Fee: 

Free with Museum Admission

Bicentennial Speaker Series presented by Phil Passen.

The music in this presentation, performed by singer and hammered dulcimer player Phil Passen, reflects the story of Illinois, which has been shaped not only by its land and natural features – the prairies, lakes, and rivers – but also by the many cultures that have flourished here: those of Native Americans, French, Germans, African Americans, Latin Americans, and numerous others.

Passen will begin with a melody from a Native American tribe indigenous to Illinois. His presentation will feature songs and tunes representing various ethnic communities that have contributed to life in Illinois, including a traditional French song sung regularly only in Illinois and one other place in the U.S.; a song popular among Mexican immigrants; songs of the Underground Railroad; selections representing farmers, workers, labor struggles, disasters, and tragedies; and a few blues and rock-and-roll songs. Passen will provide commentary about the histories of the selections and the contexts in which they have been sung and played in Illinois.

About the presenter:

Chicago-based hammered dulcimer player Phil Passen performs themed programs, for which the Library Administrators Conference of Northern Illinois recognizes him among the Best of the Best. Phil is one of few performers who sings while accompanying himself on this fascinating instrument, whose name means “beautiful song.”

This program is part of the “The Culture and Heritage of Illinoisans” series held on the third Sunday of every month through October, 2018. The series is presented by the Academy of Lifelong Learning at Lincoln Land Community College in collaboration with the Illinois State Museum and will feature several Road Scholar Speakers offered by Illinois Humanities. For more information, please call the Illinois State Museum, (217) 782-0979, or the Academy of Lifelong Learning at Lincoln Land Community College, (217) 786-2477.

Phil Passen

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