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Stephen Foster and the Rise of Popular Music

attachmentDescription: 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 multi-instrumentalist Chris Vallillo performs nine of Foster’s best loved songs while exploring the impact of this legendary American icon and his music on American culture.