The Minnesota Orchestra played to a packed house in Havana last night for the first concert of its historic tour. The all-Beethoven program received repeated standing ovations.
After the concert, French horn student Arletto Juarez explained that a U.S. orchestra is unlike anything she’s heard.
“Ah, [it] was amazing. Here the sound was different, here in Cuba we don’t have that sound.”
Tonight, the orchestra will perform a final concert that will be broadcast live across Cuba and can be heard starting at 7 p.m. on Classical Minnesota Public Radio.
After Saturday’s concert, some orchestra members will sit in on a jam session at a Cuban jazz club.