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Brian Newhouse

A hundred years from now, this is the moment they’ll talk about: Just before the downbeat on Saturday night, Osmo Vänskä turned on his conductor’s podium and asked the 2,600 audience members in the Cuban National Theater to stand. People slowly got to their feet, no clue what he was up to. Then Vänskä turned and the Minnesota Orchestra launched into the Cuban National Anthem. “Burst into song” is cliché, but that is exactly what happened — a mix of shock and joy on those faces. An American orchestra playing the Cuban National Anthem?

While the roar of applause afterward was still going, the Orchestra went right into the Star-Spangled Banner. That’s when the tears began. The Cubans didn’t know the words, of course, but they instantly knew the music, and the symbolism of playing the two anthems back-to-back. The audience members stayed on their feet, so many of them wiping tears from of their eyes. I wish you could’ve been there.

If you missed it, or would like to listen again, you can hear the Friday concert and the Saturday concert on classicalmpr.org.

Brian Newhouse, Managing Director, Classical Music


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