US orchestra travel to Cuba in major cultural exchange

February 12, 2015 7:56 PM

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The Minnesota Orchestra announced Thursday that it will play two concerts in Cuba in May in what's believed to be the first major cultural exchange between the two countries since their leaders announced a move toward warmer relations.

Orchestra CEO Kevin Smith said the Cuban Ministry of Culture invited it to play at Havana's International Cubadisco Festival on May 15 and 16. It will be the first visit by a major U.S. orchestra to Cuba since the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra played in Cuba in December 1999.

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