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Monday, October 26, 2020

Culture / Music


  • Rouen Opera Orchestra to Perform in Old Havana

    Rouen Opera Orchestra to Perform in Old Havana

    Havana, Cuba, Jan 5.- The  will perform a piece by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, on January 8 in the Minor Basilica of the Convent of St. Francis of Assisi. La Gran Partita, Serenade No. 10, KV-361, in B flat, for 12 wind instruments and a double bass, was composed back in 1784 and its premier took …
  • Chopin Statute Unveiled in Havana

    Chopin Statute Unveiled in Havana

    Havana, Cuba, Dec 21.- A statue of the pianist and composer Frederic Chopin sitting in a bank was unveiled in Old Havana, the culmination of the celebrations in Cuba for the bicentenary of the birth of the Polish artist. The sculpture, located in the Plaza de San Francisco de Asis, presents Chop…
  • Percussion, Axis of the Cuban Essence of Jazz

    Percussion, Axis of the Cuban Essence of Jazz

    Havana, Cuba, Dec 20.- Veterans and youth mixed it up with their talent and knowledge during the 6th International Colloquium of the Jazz Plaza 2010 Festival, which just concluded in the Cuban capital. For three days, lectures, presentations, book launches and films culminated in a special prese…
  • New York’s Orchestra Director Gives Lecture in Cuba

    New York’s Orchestra Director Gives Lecture in Cuba

    Havana, Cuba, Dec 18.- Arturo O’Farril, pianist and director of New York’s Afro Latin Jazz orchestra spoke about the significance of the Cuban music in a lecture offered at the Mella Theater in Havana, as part of the ongoing Jazz Plaza Festival.

    O’Farril, son of Cuban-born musician Chico O’Farrill, said Cuban music is special and that  he is a defender of its flavor, swing and beat. He said it was very important for him to play in the land of his grandparents and his father, who was one of the greatest Cuban musicians of his time.

    O’Farril said his work has been highly influenced by his Cuban roots and confessed that the trip to the island was like a debt with his father who always wanted to return to Cuba but couldn’t do so because of his frail health.

    Invited to the 26th International Jazz Plaza Festival of Havana, Afro Latin Jazz has prepared a repertoire of songs mainly by Chico O’Farrill. The program also includes works by other important Cuban musicians like Mario Bauza and Francisco Raul Gutierrez (Machito).

    The Orchestra will play for the first time “Fathers and Sons: From Havana to New York and Back,” accompanied by Cuban pianist Chucho Valdes. The song is dedicated to all families dedicated to keep Afro Latin jazz alive.

    Arturo said in addition to playing jazz, the purpose of his trip to Cuba is to tell the world that jazz cannot be understood without taking into account the Cuban component that is part of its roots.

    After their arrival in Cuba, members of Afro Latin Jazz visited the Amadeo Roldan Conservatory and gave a concert at the San Jose de las Lajas park in Havana province.

  • Desandann to Share Hope and Optimism with Haitin People

    Desandann to Share Hope and Optimism with Haitin People

    By Yolanda Ferrera Sosa / Radio Cadena Agramonte

    The Haitian reality is so overwhelming that it oppressed the hearts of the sensitive people in any part of the world. In Cuba, the unbounded sorrow of those brothers and sisters hurts in a particular way.

  • Van Van is still there!

    Van Van is still there!

    The first thing that struck me was the adjective "controversial" with which the Miami El Nuevo Herald described the band Los Van Van, which soon will be given two concerts in Miami and one in Puerto Rico, preparatory for some six dozens of presentations starting this coming May. Juan Formell, wh…
  • Juanes in Cuba, the Success is Guaranteed

    Juanes in Cuba, the Success is Guaranteed

    Hundreds of thousand  Cubans are eager to enjoy Peace without Border concert to be held this Sunday at the Plaza de la Revolucion, an unprecedented cultural event led by Colombian singer Juanes.

  • The Angklung Orchestra of Camagüey: a Project of Melodies and Dreams

    The Angklung Orchestra of Camagüey: a Project of Melodies and Dreams

    By Arailaisy Rosabal and José Raúl Gallego    Photos: Leandro A. Pérez

    • Indonesia is the original country of the angklung and its melodies are almost unknown off its coasts, even when it has been used with other musical instruments.

    Over the last two decades, the musical teaching in the province of Camagüey has educated thousands of youth. Located in the outskirts of the city, the Jose White Conservatory of Music, with 23 years, and walls built in the 19th century, it is impossible to say that the school ages.

  • Camagüey Professional Chorus, An Example of Constancy

    Camagüey Professional Chorus, An Example of Constancy

    By Yolanda Ferrera Sosa. Camagüey Professional Chorus turned 45 years of age after having coped with several obstacles, but also after having experienced satisfaction and joy. This vocal group has enriched the cultural panorama of this land with attractive artistic proposals, characterized by the m…
  • Benny Moré: A Natural Born Musician