Friday, January 10, 2014

Stephen Foster anniversary commemorated Monday

Posted By on Fri, Jan 10, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Jan. 13 marks 150 years since the death of Foster, one of Pittsburgh's most influential native sons.

Foster, born in what's now Lawrenceville in 1826, died in New York City, penniless, at age 37. But his legacy as the world's first professional songwriter lives on, as do songs like "Old Folks at Home" and "Hard Times Come Again No More."

Foster is buried in Allegheny Cemetery, and he's honored in Lawrenceville annually with Doo-Dah Days.

On this special occasion, Monday's 11 a.m. program at the cemetery's Temple of Memories Mausoleum includes: a Foster medley, sung by children form St. Raphael Elementary School, in Morningside; remakrs by Jim Wudarkdzyk of the Lawrenceville Historical Society, and Deane Root, of Pitt's Center for American Music; and a performance and group sing-along with famed Pittsburgh guitarist Joe Negri.

Full details here.

For more on Foster, see here.

The Temple of Memories Mausoleum is located at 4715 Penn Ave., in Bloomfield.

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