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Monday, October 24, 2011

Jazz Plaza 2011 to be Dedicated to Classic Music

Havana, Cuba, Oct 24.- The 27th International Jazz Plaza Festival 2011 to take place December 15-18 will be dedicated to the classic music within this genre featuring Cuban and foreign performers.

Called by the Cuban Institute of Music and the National Center of Popular Music, the event will host the 7th Theoretical Colloquium in which master lectures and films related to the theme of the event will be presented.

According to the organizing committee, the Festival will highlight the strong presence of classic music, among other musical genres such as blues, in this rhythm that emerged in the streets of New Orleans.  

Among foreign participants in this year’s event are the Troy University Jazz Ensemble, from the U.S., and the Naat Berahman stings quartet from India.

The Mella Theater will be once again the main venue of the Festival hosting the opening and closing concerts. The first one will feature the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, the Entre voces Choir and jazz players Jorge Reyes and Roberto Fonseca, among other figures.

For the closing evening, a special concert by Cuban pianist Frank Fernandez and the Jazz Band directed by Joaquin Betancourt, with the participation of other musicians has been scheduled.

Other venues hosting the Festival will be the Casa de la Cultura of the municipality of Plaza de la Revolucion; the Covarrubias Hall of the National Theater, the National Hotel and the Bertolt Brecht Theater.

The Jazz Plaza Festival, presided by several times Grammy award winner Jesus “Chucho” Valdes, was first held in 1980 and is regarded as one of the most important cultural events of Cuba.

Outstanding world-known figures have traveled to Cuba to take part in the event such as U.S. trumpet player Dizzy Gillespie and French composer Michel Legrand. (ACN).