Cuba’s danzón genre: ‘150 years later, it’s still alive.’

The danzón was scandalous in some circles but it eventually became the national dance of Cuba and spread to other countries in the region.

Alicia Alonso, the grande dame of Cuban ballet, has died

Alicia Alonso, the revered ballerina and choreographer whose nearly 75-year career made her an icon of artistic loyalty to Cuba’s socialist system, died Thursday at age 98.

“¡En la guitarra está todo!” Eliades Ochoa, Grammy-Winning Guitarist on the Power of Cuban Music

“For me, the guitar doesn’t have a secret. In the guitar, you will find everything.” These are the words of Eliades Ochoa, the Grammy Award-winning guitarist of the internationally acclaimed ensemble Buena Vista Social Club.

Classically Cuban

Skirts sway at Tio Pedro’s party as my partner spins me to the lively salsa music. Tio Hector then pulls out the congas and maracas, adding flair to the song as friends join in to play along. The floor creaks with the steps of people dancing to the rhythm in the summer heat. Being a first-generation Cuban-American woman of color, …

Meet the Youth Orchestra That’s Bridging the Gap Between Cuba and the US Through Music

“Their work ethic and thirst for knowledge was what inspired me to start the Cuban American Youth Orchestra.”

LISTEN | How Latin-American composers influenced Leonard Bernstein

Fiesta celebrates the centenary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth with a look at the maestro’s love for Latin American music. 

Visa difficulties force Esperanza Spalding, National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba to cancel Chicago concert

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra has announced that a concert featuring the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba with Esperanza Spalding, originally scheduled for February 9, 2019, has been cancelled.

The One Classical Album That Almost Caused Cuban Musician Roberto Fonseca to Quit Playing the Piano

“In Cuba you will find any type of music: mariachi, heavy metal, dubstep, or even free jazz… It’s a mystery — it’s something magical that you will find there in any type of music.”

Listen to the One Cuban Singer That Omara Portuondo of Buena Vista Social Club Wants Everyone to Hear

Omara Portuondo is proud to be compared to Édith Piaf, but she also wants the world to know more about Cuban artists.

Pianist Simone Dinnerstein on ‘Mozart in Havana,’ the Importance of Cross-Cultural Collaboration

American pianist Simone Dinnerstein’s new album Mozart in Havana follows four years of artistic collaboration in Cuba.

Classical and Jazz: How Composer and Musician Paquito D’Rivera Thrives in Both Realms

A fourteen-time Grammy Award winner, Cuban-born saxophonist and clarinetist Paquito D’Rivera is revered in both the jazz and classical worlds.

Singer Omara Portuondo on the Buena Vista Social Club’s Farewell Tour

Señora Portuondo, one of the greatest singers of our time, spoke with WFMT about Buena Vista’s goodbye tour, relations between the U.S. and Cuba, and the power music has to bring people together.

Minnesota Orchestra To Perform Historic Concerts in Cuba

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.