Minnesota Orchestra goes to Cuba

The Minnesota Orchestra carries state’s banner to Havana, Cuba.

May 28, 2015
Outside of the Melia Cohiba, a dog hangs out in an old car in Havana, Cuba on Thursday, May 14, 2015.

Join us for a happy hour event today featuring photos from Cuba

The Star Tribune is hosting a museum-style event May 28 featuring sights and sounds from the Minnesota Orchestra's trip to Cuba.
May 25, 2015
Minnesota Orchestra violin player Deborah Serafini dances with trumpet player Manny Laureano in the Plaza de la Catedral in Havana, Cuba, on May 14, 2

Beautiful music: Minnesota Orchestra takes Cuba by storm

The sights. The sounds. The energy. In two minutes, take a whirlwind look at the Minnesota Orchestra's historic visit to Cuba.
May 18, 2015
Minnesota Orchestra music director Osmo Vanska plays clarinet during a jam session with Orquestra Aragon at Havana Cafe in Cuba on Saturday.

Minnesota Orchestra enjoys one last, late night in Havana

Musicians left a gift of music in the Cuban capital and came home with a new purpose.
May 17, 2015
Cuban piano player Frank Fernandez, left, and Minnesota Orchestra music director Osmo Vanska took bows during the Minnesota Orchestra's first concert

Minnesota Orchestra wins hearts, while bridging divide in Cuba

The 160-person Minnesota contingent won the hearts of schoolchildren, university students and music lovers with educational visits, gifts of musical supplies and concerts on Friday and Saturday night that sold out quickly to audiences eager to witness this moment.
May 16, 2015
Stanley and Luella Goldberg, from left, and Ellen Luger of the People to People Tour group from Minnesota departs for dinner in a vintage Chevy BelAir

Musical diplomacy blooms in Havana heat

"Cultural ambassadors" are healing rifts within the Minnesota Orchestra while building ties to Cuba.
May 16, 2015
Minnesota Orchestra cello player Marcia Peck chats before rehearsal at the Teatro Nacional in Havana, Cuba on Thursday, May 14, 2015.

Minn. Orchestra finds new magic in Havana after its bitter lockout

As they prepare for a historic concert Friday night, musicians and board members find a groove together.
May 15, 2015
Members of the Minnesota Orchestra group pose for a group photo in front of their plane upon arrival at Jose Marti International Airport in Havana, Cu

With selfies and Tchaikovsky, orchestra arrives in Havana

Minnesota Orchestra becomes the first from U.S. to visit Cuba since the thaw in relations.
May 15, 2015

Minnesota Orchestra departs this morning for Cuba

The flight will arrive in Havana on Wednesday afternoon. The nonstop flight is historic as the first from Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport. Friday night there is a concert at the Teatro Nacional.
May 15, 2015
Minnesota Orchestra trumpeter Robert Dorer, center, gave student Antonio Diaz Martinez some tips during a visit to Cuba’s Escuela Nacional de Músic

At Cuban schools, Minnesota Orchestra musicians teach – and learn

Minnesota Orchestra members took time to mentor music students in Havana.
May 14, 2015
Sarah Grimes, a violinist in the Minnesota Orchestra, takes photos in Plaza de la Catedral in Old Havana, Cuba on Wednesday.

Minnesota Orchestra tours Havana, prepares for first Cuba rehearsal

Costumed dancers on stilts, accompanied by congas and cowbells, greeted the Minnesota Orchestra on a walking tour of Old Havana on Wednesday evening.
May 14, 2015

Gallery: Minnesota Orchestra on the ground in Cuba

The Minnesota Orchestra arrived at Jose Marti International Airport in Havana, Cuba on Wednesday, flying direct from Minnesota. They play in concert Friday.
May 11, 2015
Members of the Minnesota Orchestra (from left, Brian Mount, Chris Marshall, Greg Williams and Wendy Williams) rehearsed “Libertango” at Orchestra

Symphonic diplomacy is goal of Minnesota Orchestra's Cuba trip

Minnesota Orchestra will carry state's banner to Havana this week.
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