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Marin Alsop to conduct concert in Havana celebrating city's 500th anniversary

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An American conductor will help Cuba celebrate the 500th anniversary of the founding of Havana.

In what might be taken as one more sign that the United States and Cuba are getting friendlier, an American conductor will lead a Cuban orchestra in a concert celebrating the 500th anniversary of the founding of Havana.

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra music director Marin Alsop will conduct the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Cuba in an outdoor performance Oct. 9 in the Plaza de la Catedral of Old Havana.

Joining Alsop and the orchestra will be two celebrated pianists -- one from the classical arena, Lang Lang; the other a major figure in Afro-Cuban jazz, Chucho Valdés. Program details will be announced later.

The concert is a co-production of CAMI Music and ELCCNY, in cooperation with the Cuban Institute of Music in Havana and the Ministry of Culture of Cuba.


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