“When the United States and Cuba announced they would normalize relations in December 2014, it signified many things, and one: change.”
From that moment back in 2014, Cuba experienced a vast influx of investment, tourists, and cross-cultural interactions. Not long ago, there was a moment that will go down in history that happened to take place in Havana’s musical-arts scene. A handful of musicians from all over the world performed in Havana’s Cathedral Plaza on a Steinway piano, the first new American piano to have been imported into Cuba since the revolution, reported the New York Times.
The $150,000 Steinway piano that found itself in the Cathedral Plaza, which was donated to the Cuban Institute of Music, was played by some of the world’s leading musicians including Chinese concert pianist Lang Lang, who performed alongside Cuban piano star Chucho Valdés, who played a second piano in the Cathedral. The Cuban National Symphony Orchestra was also at the Cathedral Plaza and were being conducted by the American conductor, Marin Alsop. The concert was free to a very lucky 3,000 Cubans and foreign visitors who all packed themselves into the plaza, and listened to a programme that included pieces by Tchaikovsky; “Victory Stride,” by American jazz pianist James P. Johnson; songs by Valdés and two other Cuban composers, Ernesto Lecuona and Antonio María Romeu; and the fitting Gershwin piece “Cuban Overture.”
Follow in the footsteps of Cuba
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