The Minnesota Orchestra performed in Havana, Cuba this month †• the first major American orchestra to perform in the country since President Obama ordered the restoration of full diplomatic relations. The two nations had been locked in a political stalemate for over half a century following the Cold War Cuban missile crisis of 1962. The orchestra, then known as the Minneapolis Symphony, last played in Cuba on tour in 1929 and 1930.
Last week's tour also featured masterclasses for local students by Minnesota players and chamber performances. Watch the orchestra on tour in the video below: