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An historic return to Cuba: Minnesota Orchestra performs in Havana


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An historic return to Cuba: Minnesota Orchestra performs in Havana

Minnesota Orchestra has returned to Cuba, for the first time in 85 years.

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 diplomatic relations between the two nations would be restored.

Cuban, Ana Maria Verdes, was in the audience for the historic performance.

“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.”

The musicians were invited to the National Theatre in the capital Havana to play in the Cubadisco music festival. There, the audience was treated to Beethoven’s Symphony Number 3, the Eroica.


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