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An historic return to Cuba: Minnesota Orchestra performs in Havana

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By Sarah Taylor  with Reuters
An historic return to Cuba: Minnesota Orchestra performs in Havana

<p>Minnesota Orchestra has returned to Cuba, for the first time in 85 years. </p> <p>It has become the first major orchestra from the United States to play in the communist country since December, 2014, when it was announced that <a href="http://www.euronews.com/2015/05/11/cuba-a-major-player-in-the-21st-century-declares-francois-hollande/">diplomatic relations</a> between the two nations would be restored.</p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en" align="center"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Perfect cultural exchange: <a href="https://twitter.com/mn_orchestra">@mn_orchestra</a> musicians share language of music w/ Cuban students <a href="http://t.co/WuJv2I81Hd">http://t.co/WuJv2I81Hd</a> <a href="http://t.co/UOzwjq4K85">pic.twitter.com/UOzwjq4K85</a></p>— MinnPost (@MinnPost) <a href="https://twitter.com/MinnPost/status/599308293333454848">May 15, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>Cuban, Ana Maria Verdes, was in the audience for the historic performance.</p> <p>“What we should aspire to is that these exchanges are enriching, that they help us grow,” she said. “For the benefit of the people of the United States as much as for the Cubans. It has truly been a pleasure.”</p> <p>The musicians were invited to the National Theatre in the capital Havana to play in the <a href="http://www.cuba-culture.com/cubadisco/">Cubadisco music festival</a>. There, the audience was treated to Beethoven’s Symphony Number 3, the Eroica.</p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en" align="center"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">MUSICAL HISTORY: <a href="https://twitter.com/mn_orchestra">@mn_orchestra</a> performs Beethoven’s Eroica now in La Habana. Listen via <a href="https://twitter.com/ClassicalMPR">@ClassicalMPR</a> - <a href="http://t.co/EaGlPAJpgp">http://t.co/EaGlPAJpgp</a></p>— Edward Jensen (@edwardjensen) <a href="https://twitter.com/edwardjensen/status/599388412907376641">May 16, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><br /> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en" align="center"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Gorgeous 1st movement of the Eroica Symphony by <a href="https://twitter.com/mn_orchestra">@mn_orchestra</a> in Havana. Great broadcast by <a href="https://twitter.com/ClassicalMPR">@ClassicalMPR</a>. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MNOrchCuba?src=hash">#MNOrchCuba</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Beethoven?src=hash">#Beethoven</a></p>— Joe Thiegs (@jthiegs) <a href="https://twitter.com/jthiegs/status/599392135234748416">May 16, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p>