Minnesota Orchestra Makes Historic Trip to Cuba

Orchestra to Perform this Weekend

Members of the Minnesota Orchestra are in Cuba, making a historic trip with political implications.

The orchestra is the first from the U.S. to perform in Cuba since President Barack Obama revealed his desire in December to normalize relations after half a century.

The nonstop flight to Cuba Wednesday was also the first from the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport.

The flight arrived in Havana on Wednesday afternoon.

The orchestra will perform two concerts at Havana’s 2,000-seat Teatro Nacional on Friday and Saturday.

The repertoire includes Beethoven’s Third Symphony.

Orchestra members will also visit a high school and a conservatory, where they will play alongside young musicians.

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