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From Prairie to Farm to City - Phil Passen

LaSalle Public Library
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Join us on, Tuesday, April 3rd, at 6:00 p.m. when historian and hammered dulcimer musician, Phil Passen, presents, “From Prairie to Farm to City: Music to Commemorate Illinois’s Bicentennial.”

In recognition of Illinois’s bicentennial, this unique musical program explores the story of Illinois, a place shaped by its land and its people. Songs about farmers, workers, and labor struggles, disasters and tragedies...Blues and Rock and Roll. Passen will provide historical commentary about selections and the contexts in which they have been sung and played in Illinois. After the performance, members of the audience are welcome to take a closer look at the dulcimer and try their hand at it.

Few musicians play the hammered dulcimer. Fewer still sing while accompanying themselves on this fascinating instrument. Phil Passen does both. Phil regularly performs at area libraries, and is included in the Best of the Best by the Library Administrators and Coordinators of Northern Illinois. He also played in the World Symphony Orchestra’s performance of The Lord of the Rings Symphony at Chicago’s Auditorium Theater.

This program is free and open to the public. It is made possible through funding by Illinois Humanities and the Alwin C. Carus Trust. The LaSalle Public Library is located at 305 Marquette, LaSalle. For more information, please call the Library at 815-223-2341.