The Puerto Rican Oral History Project Presents “Where it all Began – the Piano Concert” by Milton Ruben Laufer

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The Puerto Rican Oral History Project (PROHP) presents a piano concert by internationally acclaimed pianist Milton Ruben Laufer on Friday, May 13, 2005. This event is a fundraiser for the PROHP which works to document those that have contributed and continue to help build the Puerto Rican community in Chicago.

The Puerto Rican Oral History Project presents Milton Ruben Laufer in concert, Friday, May 13, 2005 at 7 pm. Mr. Laufer will play in the auditorium of Roberto Clemente Community Academy located at 1147 North Western Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60622.

Fifteen years ago, Mr. Laufer gave a concert in this auditorium on the eve of his departure to Moscow where he began his international training as a teenager. During the upcoming concert, he returns to Chicago to share his research of Spanish romantic composer Isaac Albeniz. He will also pay homage to his Puerto Rican and Cuban-Jewish heritage by playing selections from Manuel Defalla (Spaniard,) Rafael Hernandez (Puerto Rican,) Ernesto Lacuana (Cuban) and George Gershwin (Jewish.)

Mr. Laufer was born and raised in Skokie, Illinois – a northern suburb of Chicago. He attended New Trier high school and then went on to continue his studies at Chicago’s Music Center of the North Shore; The Moscow Conservatory; The Gnessin Institute-Moscow; The Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York; The University of Michigan and Rice University in Houston. Mr. Laufer has performed for international dignitaries, studied in Spain under the auspices of a Fullbright research grant and is currently serving on the music faculty of Peace College in North Carolina.

The Chicago media has lauded his abilities with the following praise:

"...a gifted virtuoso...tremendous charisma and personality..." Chicago Tribune

"...his piano playing moved and dazzled us...Laufer is without equal..." Peter Nuno, WGN TV

"...a prodigious talent...an artistic triumph..." WGN Radio

The May 13 concert is a fundraiser for the Puerto Rican Oral History Project which is under the direction of Mirta Ramirez, founder of the Chicago chapter of ASPIRA. The purpose of this project is to gather interviews and other research to document the history and experiences of individuals who have worked and are working toward the continued development of the Puerto Rican community in the city of Chicago.

Contact: trodriguez@aspirail.org

Phone: 773 – 252 – 0970 ext. 13

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