Cuban Pianist to Play on Newark Campus

NEWARK, Ohio, October 28, 2016 – The Lifelong Learning Institute (LLI) at Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) is bringing a world class pianist to perform on the shared campus of COTC and The Ohio State University at Newark on Thursday, November 17 at 3:00 p.m.

Aldo López-Gavilán was born and raised in Havana, Cuba and went to school at the prestigious Royal Academy of Music in London, England on a full scholarship.  He has toured Europe, North and South America and Asia.  In the U.S., López-Gavilán has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center and with Chamber Music of Detroit.

Jazz Arts Group of Columbus is bringing López-Gavilán to Ohio for their annual One Night Only fundraiser in Columbus. The event is named A Night in Havana to celebrate all things Cuba. The appearance in Newark will be held the day before. The interactive one-hour discussion will include a live performance by López-Gavilán and an interview with music scholar, Dr. Kimberlee Goodman. Goodman is an instructor with LLI. The two will discuss López-Gavilán's incredibly talented musical family, his life growing up in Cuba, his education in London, England, and his experiences traveling the world making music.

10-28-16 Aldo.jpgThe performance will be held at the Alford Performing Arts Hall in the John Gilbert Reese Center, 1209 University Drive, Newark OH 43055.

Admission is free but seating is limited. Please RSVP by contacting 740- 755-7122 or

The LLI offers a year-round menu of programs, including lectures, book discussions, field trips, a film-study series, and workshops covering a variety of topics, ranging from history, arts, science, spirituality, and literature, to philosophy, languages, technology, economics, and local, national, and world affairs. It is a peer-led and membership-driven organization, offering an average of 18-20 programmatic options per semester. It is managed by the Workforce Development Innovation Center (WDIC) at COTC.

Central Ohio Technical College opened in 1971 and is celebrating its 45th anniversary in 2016. COTC is a fully accredited, public college dedicated to providing high-quality, accessible programs of technical education in response to current and emerging employment needs, as well as encouraging the professional development of students, staff, faculty and administrators to assist them in achieving their maximum potential.  COTC is the only technical college in Ohio operating four full-service campus locations: Newark, Coshocton, Knox and Pataskala.