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Highlights from Aug. 21 to 29

Monday, Solar Eclipse

Tuesday, 1 p.m. Performance Today.

Wednesday, 7:15 a.m. & 5:15 p.m. New Classical Tracks with Julie Amacher.
1 p.m. Performance Today.
10 p.m. Extra-Eclectic with Steve Seel.
12 midnight Euro Classics: Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 19 Vadim Gluzman, Violin. Recorded at the LAC, Lugano.

Thursday, 1 p.m. Performance Today.
3 p.m. Regional Spotlight with Steve Staruch.

Friday, 7:15 a.m. Moveable Feast with John Birge and Minnesota Monthly‘s Rachel Hutton
10 a.m. BBC Proms Broadcast Robert Schumann: Symphony No. 8 “Unfinished”
1 p.m. Performance Today.
10 p.m. BBC Proms Broadcast Hindemith: Mathis Der Maler

Saturday, 9 a.m., New Classical Tracks with Julie Amacher.
10 a.m. Saturday Cinema with Lynne Warfel.
5 p.m. A Prairie Home Companion: encore broadcast.
8 p.m. Euro Classics: Strauss: Metamorphosen, German Symphony Orchestra/Kent Nagano. Recorded at the Berlin Philharmonie.

Sunday, 6 a.m. Pipedreams.
12 noon From the Top.
1 p.m. SymphonyCast: From the BBC Proms.
8 p.m. Sunday Night Cantata, Choral Stream.

Monday, 1 p.m. Performance Today.

Tuesday, 1 p.m. Performance Today.

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Photos: Rehearsing with Orquesta Sinfonica Juvenil

Teatro Nacional de Cuba, the venue for the historic concerts.

Part of the Minnesota Orchestra’s goal in coming to Cuba was to participate in a couple of musical cultural exchanges. On Thursday, the orchestra went to “Music City” to work with high school and college-age musicians. On Friday, the musicians returned to Teatro Nacional de Cuba — the scene of last night’s rehearsal — and the venue for this weekend’s broadcasts. This time, they were rehearsing side-by-side with Orquesta Sinfónica Juvenil del Conservatorio Amadeo Rold​án, a Cuban youth symphony.

Kate Nettleman is a string bass player with the orchestra. She says her Spanish isn’t strong, but there are times in Havana when that doesn’t matter.

“When we sit together and play music sharing a stand with these students, there’s tremendous communcation. And there’s so much that’s shared in common that we undertsand without having to say a word and that’s what music is – is a language that everyone can connect through.”

The Minnesota Orchestra will return to the same stage tonight for the first of two concerts from the Teatro Nacional in Havana. Listen live at 7 p.m. CDT both nights.

A flutist from the Cuban National Symphony and Wendy Williams of the Minnesota Orchestra

Cuban National Youth Orchestra

Osmo shares notes with Minnesota Orchestra

Combined orchestras

Oboist from the National Cuban Youth Symphony

Osmo's back!

Global language - Bass

Osmo Vänskä

David Williamson from the Minnesota Orchestra

Rehearsing with the Cuban National Youth Symphony

Kevin Watkins from Minnesota Orchestra compares tambourine notes

Teatro Nacional de Cuba, the venue for the historic concerts.

Cellist Anthony Ross and the Cuban National Youth Symphony

Photos: 13 breathtaking scenes from Havana

Sunrise over Havana

On May 15th, photographer Nate Ryan embarked on a short tour of the city with patrons of the Minnesota Orchestra. The tour bus navigated through the streets of Havana, brought the tour to a seafood restaurant for lunch, and to the famed cigar manufacturer Cuesta-Rey. More photos can be found at classicalmpr.org/cuba.

Misty sunrise over Havana

View from The Melia Cohiba Hotel

Tour for supporters of the Minnesota Orchestra on the trip

Street scene, Havana, Cuba

Classic cars

A seafood lunch with Minnesota Orchestra musicians.

Kids hanging out in the afternoon sun.

Life in Havana

Teal car on the street in Havana.

Street view in Havana.

A horse-drawn carriage in front of Cuesta-Rey.

Cigar manufacturer Cuesta Rey & Co.

More photos can be found at classicalmpr.org/cuba

End of Summer Playlist

I’ve had some songs stuck in my head (ear worms) the past several days, including one of my favorite pieces by Schumann, and it occurred to me that the weather might have something to do with it.

Probably not, but my ear worms coincidentally fit the season really well.

Saturday morning, I woke up with the Flower Duet in my head. No clue why, but it was there the entire day. If you’re impatient or short on time, the most famous part starts at about 1:17.

Great music for an end of summer day.

Sunday belonged to Robert Schumann. He wrote several collections of small pieces, and he’d put them in albums like Scenes from Childhood, or Album for the Young, or Colored Leaves.

The piece that stole my ears Sunday came from Albumblätter, or Album Leaves, and it’s called “Wiegenliedchen”, or “Cradle Song”. I’m a particular fan of this performance, because Schumann marks the music Nicht schnell, which means “not fast”.

It makes it easier to hear the beautiful unfolding counterpoint.

Monday, I couldn’t get Josef Strauss out of my head. I’m a huuuuuuuge fan of the Strauss family. Reminder: Richard Strauss is not a part of that family. The Strauss fam includes Johann Sr. and Jr., Eduard and Josef.

So Josef’s awesome waltz called Austrian Village Swallows (or Dorfschwalben aus Österreich) was running over and over in my head. By the way, it’s really fun to clean house to waltzes.

What music accompanies your autumn?