The Poetry of Carl Sandburg, Music of Chris Vallillo – Elmhurst BMW Dealer

March 22nd, 2019 by

You’re invited to hear The Poetry of Carl Sandburg, Music of Chris Vallillo at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 14 at the Elmhurst History Museum. Sandburg’s poetry, selections from his “American Songbag” anthology and original music by Vallillo combine to create a delightful hour of music that’s appropriate for all ages. The program also commemorates the 100thanniversary of Sandburg’s first Pulitzer Prize as well as the year he moved to Elmhurst. All of us at Elmhurst BMW hope you can attend this concert that celebrates the poetry of Carl Sandburg, one of Illinois’s favorite sons.

Poetry of Carl Sandburg Music of Chris Vallillo.Sandburg was born in Galesburg, IL, in 1878 and moved to Elmhurst in 1919. He lived with his wife, Lillian and their three daughters at 331 South York Street until 1928. While in Elmhurst, he wrote prolifically, completing some of his most famous works. These include a widely-read, two-volume biography entitled “Abraham Lincoln: The Prairie Years” and “The American Songbag,” an anthology of American folk songs. His 1919 Pulitzer Prize was “made possible by a special grant from The Poetry Society for his collection of poems, “Cornhuskers.”

Sandburg often brought his guitar along to poetry readings and lectures, singing songs and providing his own accompaniment. He also recorded folk songs before this was popularized during the American folk music revival of the 1940s.

Nationally acclaimed folk singer, songwriter and musician Chris Vallillo has been compared favorably to Sandburg’s style of singing and playing the guitar. Vallillo has spent more than three decades in the Midwest, and his music celebrates the places and people in rural America. He performs contemporary as well as traditional folk and bluegrass music on the bottleneck slide and six-string guitar as well as the harmonica. In The Poetry of Carl Sandburg, Music of Chris Vallillo, you’ll hear old and new songs seamlessly woven together to capture a timeless and compelling picture of the Midwest.

You don’t want to miss this event! This concert is supported in part by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

Date and Time:
April 14, 2019, 2-3 p.m.

Elmhurst History Museum Education Room
120 E. Park Ave.
Elmhurst, IL 60126

The admission price is $5 per person plus Eventbrite fees. Book tickets at

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