Minnesota Orchestra To Perform Historic Concerts in Cuba


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Osmo Vänskä conducting the Minnesota Orchestra (Photo: Courtney Perry)

On Friday, May 15 from 7:00 CT Central until 10:00 pm, WFMT will join American Public Media for a live broadcast from the Teatro Nacional in Havana, Cuba, featuring the Minnesota Orchestra.

The Orchestra is joined by pianist Frank Fernández and two Cuban choirs in an all-Beethoven program that features the “Choral Fantasy” and the “Eroica” symphony. Osmo Vanska conducts.

This performance and broadcast are the first of an American orchestra from Cuba in many years, and follow President Obama’s move to normalize relations in December 2014.

This historic live broadcast from Havana will also be heard on stations around the U.S. and is hosted by Brian Newhouse.

For a gallery of photos from Minnesota Orchestra’s Cuba Tour, visit Classical MPR’s website.

This article was originally published on May 14, 2015, by Stephen Raskauskas.