Photos: Minnesota Orchestra rehearsal and Cuban nightlife

Osmo Vänskä

The Minnesota Orchestra topped a day visiting “Music city,” a concentrated school for high school and college-age musicians, by getting comfortable in the Teatro Nacional de Cuba, the venue for tonight and tomorrow’s concerts.

After a rigorous rehearsal, Osmo Vänskä released the musicians, who enjoyed a meal in Plaza de la Catedral in old Havana, Cuba and then went out to enjoy a bit of Havana nightlife.

Photos by Nate Ryan

Rehearsal music stand

Strings rehearsal

Sheet music at rehearsal MPR Photo / Nate Ryan

Concertmaster Erin Keefe leads the violinists. MPR Photo / Nate Ryan

Violinist Cecilia Belcher MPR Photo / Nate Ryan

Full rehearsal

Osmo conducts in rehearsal

Osmo conducts rehearsal in Havana. MPR Photo / Nate Ryan

The Minnesota Orchestra rehearses

Osmo Vänskä MPR Photo / Nate Ryan

Minnesota Orchestra at Teatro Nacional de Cuba, Havana, Cuba

Orchestra rehearsal at Teatro Nacional de Cuba,

Piano rehearsal

Cuban National Choir

Osmo Vänsä

Teatro Nacional de Cuba

View from the seats

Travel crates

The Melia Cohiba hotel where the Minnesota Orchestra is staying

Classic car


City from beach point of view


A classic American car drives along the Malecón along the coast of Havana Cuba.

Pedicab ride

Pedicab driver at dusk in old Havana, Cuba

A small bar in old Havana, Cuba.

Dinner in the plaza

Dinner in the plaza


The streets of old Havana, Cuba.

Old Havana, Cuba

Septeto Habanero

Septeto Habanero



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