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Peter Aglinskas Performs for Hispanic Heritage Month

Portrait of Dizzy Gillespie (John Birks), 1955...

Portrait of Dizzy Gillespie (John Birks), 1955 Dec. 2. Full-length portrait, seated, facing left, playing horn. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

September is Hispanic Heritage Month at Harper College, and the school is bringing faculty member and renowned guitarist Peter Aglinskas to perform. At Harper he teaches guitar to music students, and on Wednesday, Sept. 15, he’ll showcase his skills to the college.

Aglinskas will be performing in Building L Room 109 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The Student Activity Board will bring his stylish solo-guitar playing to students.

“I applaud Harper’s celebration of Hispanic Heritage in recognition and appreciation of the strong presence of Hispanic students, faculty, and staff at the college, and am honored to be a part of this celebration,”Aglinskas said.

Aglinskas is known around Chicago and has played with notable musical ensembles such as The Loop Group, David Hernandez and Street Sounds, and Kapture.

During his free time, he records his music. One of Aglinskas’ CDs, called Sepia Sessions, is known for its Latin-Jazz inspiration. It was released in 2006 and was recognized through Chicago as “A True Classic” by reviewers on his site.

After the release of Sepia Sessions, Aglinskas came out with an Urban/R&B Chicago Soul CD in 2008. However, Chicagoans’ still acknowledge him as the Latin jazz guitarist.

When interviewed about his music, he said, “I devoted my CD Sepia Session to music of Hispanic influence, from the Afro-Cuban rhythms of Mongo Santamaria, to the jazz/fusion virtuosity of Chick Corea, to the Latin rock of Carlos Santana.”

Aglinskas is also an adjunct professor in the Department of Fine Arts of Loyola University Chicago. According to his page at Loyola, Aglinskas is the recipient of the Chicago Cultural Department’s “Artists International” Award. The page also states, “Mr. Aglinskas has been delighting audiences for more than two decades with his signature blend of popular, classical, and world music influences.”

Not only is he a distinguished guitarist and teacher, but he also composes music scores for theater. He has also composed and produced music ranging from symphonic to operatic rock and funk.

Aglinskas’ love for Hispanic Culture developed with his hometown area where he grew up.

“Having grown up in an ethnically diverse neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago, Hispanic culture has always had a strong impact on my artistic development,” Aglinskas stated.

Diverse Programming Coordinator for Student Activities Ernie Kimlin has very high expectations for this event.

“I am very pleased to bring back Peter for a performance at Harper College,” Kimlin said. “There is a vast richness to Hispanic and Latin-American culture, and Peter is such a talented guitarist that his performance will expose the campus to the musical aspect of this culture.”

Aglinskas isn’t the only one performing for Hispanic Heritage Month. Latinos Unidos (LU), a club who also sponsors a number of additional programs for Hispanic Heritage Month, will have their annual Dance Lessons on Sept. 22 and a Dance Contest in the Student Center on Sept. 29.

For students and faculty who love to listen, dance, and be involved with Hispanic Heritage Month, there will be a variety of events bringing the culture and traditions to Harper during the month of September.

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