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  • Unique 1937 steel guitar to be demonstrated, displayed at ELLNORA guitar festival

    A one-of-a-kind electric console guitar – the Grand Letar – is on display at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts during ELLNORA: The Guitar Festival. The guitar was designed and played by Letritia Kandle, a steel guitar performer in Chicago in the 1930s and 1940s. It was acquired by the University of Illinois’ Sousa Archives and Center for American Music in 2016.

    Photo by L. Brian Stauffer


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