National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba to tour U.S.

Posted on: February 29, 2012

In Wednesday’s (2/29) Tampa Bay Times (Florida), John Fleming writes, “In its first U.S. tour since the Castro revolution, the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba will play concerts in the Tampa Bay area in November, including a performance of chamber music at the Cuban Club, the heart of the rich Cuban heritage in Ybor City. … The Cubans will be presented by the Florida Orchestra as part of its multiyear cultural exchange with the island nation, which began last September when a wind quintet from the orchestra performed in Havana. Cuba’s symphony orchestra will be in the bay area at least three days. On Nov. 5, the chamber music concert at the Cuban Club will combine musicians from both orchestras. On Nov. 7—the day after the U.S. presidential election—the entire Cuban National Symphony will perform at Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg. The concerts in the bay area are part of a U.S. tour by the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba—the first since Fidel Castro took control in 1959—that starts in Kansas City in October and tentatively includes 17 cities in 10 states.”

Posted February 29, 2012