The orchestra returns home today, after two concerts in Cuba's national theater, rehearsals and master classes with students and youth orchestras, and a cultural exchange many say they won't soon forget.
The orchestra spent the day preparing in a special joint rehearsal with the Cuban National Youth Orchestra.
As their historic concert nears, members of the Minnesota Orchestra take time to mentor aspiring young musicians in Havana.
From locating a plane large enough to carry instruments to securing U.S. government permission for a direct flight to Havana, the Minnesota Orchestra's trip to Cuba required fast and intense planning.
An international treaty worries Minnesota Orchestra musicians with instruments that contain ivory and tortoiseshell. The orchestra is documenting when instruments were made to ensure musicians can bring them home.
The ensemble this week will become the first North American orchestra to perform in Cuba in over a decade. Minnesota leaders worked a back channel to make it happen.
Movie Maven and Cube Critic Euan Kerr joins Jill Riley and Sean McPherson (in for Steve Seel) to talk about a new comedy directed by Anne Fletcher and starring Sofia Vergara and Reese Witherspoon. Euan also talks about his upcoming travel to Cuba to cover the Minnesota Orchestra's concerts in Havana, which will be broadcast on Classical MPR.
The theater's lineup ranges from Shakespeare to an adaptation of a musical written for the Marx Brothers in 1925.
Pekka Kuusisto has expertise directing musical ensembles while playing his own instrument.
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Cube Critic Euan Kerr joins Jill Riley and Sean McPherson (in for Steve Seel) to talk about a new documentary about the managers of rock band, The Who. "Let me say from the outset, if you were a fiction writer, you couldn't make this stuff up," Euan says.
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The new season also includes six world premieres and a new Sunday concert series at the Ordway.
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