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Cuban composer, guitarist and orchestra conductor Leo Brouwer is currently in Chile to receive a tribute from the people and authorities of the South American nation.

For two weeks, the author of emblematic scores of Latin American vanguard music of the twentieth century, will teach classes, conduct a concert of pieces by him, and receive the Pablo Neruda Artistic and Cultural Order from President Michelle Bachelet.

"I'm very excited, as this is my first visit to Chile," said Brower, 68, shortly after arriving to Pudahuel Airport.

On Tuesday, December 4, the distinguished musician will perform in a one time only concert that will also include two other Cuban musicians, flautist Niurka Gonzalez and guitarist Joaquin Clerch.

Chilean music critics have compared Brower's visit to the one in 1960 by Russian composer Igor Stravinsky. The El Mercurio newspaper reported that Brower's program in Santiago de Chile is having the same effect on music loving Chileans as the visit by Stravinsky, author of The Rite of Spring.

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