River Forest Public Library Foundation is generously sponsoring a second after-hours event at River Forest Public Library, this time with ties to Hispanic Heritage month.

On Saturday, September 23rd, from 6-8 PM, the Library will have a program of classical music, composed exclusively by Latin American composers. Light bites and Argentinian wines will be served before the performance in the library’s second floor fireplace area.

 Dr. Daniel Gasse (cello) and Ms. Hulya Alpakin-Luethi (piano), seasoned international musicians from the local community, will perform compositions by Granados-Cassado, Ginastera, Guastavino, de Falla, and Piazolla.  Dr. Gasse will also provide commentary on the music, composers and cultural influences, and the Library will have special displays providing additional resources.

 Seating is limited to 60 guests, so advance registration is required and can be completed on the Library’s website (www.riverforestlibrary.org). The event is free and open to all adults (age 21 and up). 

The RFPL Foundation, a 503(c)(3) organization, was established in 2015 to allow library lovers to support the River Forest Public Library through donations. The Foundation’s mission is to enhance the library for current and future generations through supplemental programming and development.  Most recently, the Foundation funded the Adult Winter Reading Program, which culminated in the much enjoyed “Soiree in the Stacks”, an invitation-only after-hours event for adults who participated in the reading program, and Foundation supporters.

Additionally, the Foundation has given $7500 to support staff professional development and funded the teen and children’s winter reading programs in 2016. Should funding allow, the Fireside concerts will be a continuing series to occur every season.

 The Foundation accepts direct donations by credit card or check. Donors can also purchase a bronze plaque for the Anne T. Smedinghoff Memorial Garden seat wall, to honor a family member or friend. Donations to the Foundation are fully tax deductible as defined by Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

 Find out more about River Forest Library Foundation at www.rfplfoundation.org

About the Performers

 Dr. Daniel Gasse

Dr. Gasse, a native of Argentina, received a Professor de Violoncello degree from the Concervatorio Provincal de Musica de la Provincia de Cordoba, Argentina, a Master in Music, and a Doctorate in Musical Arts with a major in Cello Performance and minor in Music Education from the University of Illinois. He has performed as a recitalist and as soloist with orchestras in Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, Paraguay and the United States.  Dr. Gasse is also the author of two books: The Music Written for Cello by Argentinean Composers, and The History of Spain Through the Arts. Dr. Gasse is Co-founder of the Gasse School of Music in Forest Park and a resident of Oak Park.

Hülya Alpakin-Luethi

 Hülya Alpakin-Luethi, a native of Turkey, has performed internationally since 1992 as soloist, as part of ensembles and as an accompanist.  Ms. Alpakin-Luethi holds a Bachelor Degree in piano from Istanbul State Conservatoire, a Master’s Degree in piano performance, and an Artist Diploma, both from the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University.

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