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Minnesota Orchestra traveled to Cuba on Wednesday to give two historic concerts; because it is the first North American musical group which performts on the island in 15 years, reported Minnesota Public Radio.
The trip is also the first by an American orchestra to the Caribbean country since President Barack Obama announced last December a process to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba, broken since 1961.
Under the leadership of its director, Osmo Vänskä, the Minnesota Orchestra will perform this Friday and Saturday at the National Theater of Cuba, in Havana, where it will perform works by Ludwig van Beethoven in joint work with the Cuban National Choir and the Vocal Leo Choir.  
The visit of the American orchestra occurs as invitation by the Ministry of Culture of Cuba, and its two performances are part of the Cubadisco International Festival, which this year celebrates its nineteenth edition, dedicated to choral and symphonic music.
During its stay in Havana, the musicians will also share their experiences with students from the National School of Music and the Higher Art Institute of the Latin American country.



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