Cuba Photos: Day One

Cuba Photos: Day One

Enjoy these photos from our first day in Havana!

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Music Director Osmo Vänskä and musicians deplane at Havana's José Martí Airport.

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Music Director Osmo Vänskä and his wife, Concertmaster Erin Keefe on the tarmac.

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It's a beautiful day in Havana! Temperatures were in the mid-80s and steamy on the tarmac.

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After deplaning, our group of 160 travelers set off for the hotel, while the stage crew immediately began the lengthy load out process to cart the four tons of equipment from airplane to the concert hall.

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Our Minnesota tour group gathers in Old Havana.

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Our delegation was colorfully greeted by musicians and stilt walkers.

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Old Town, Havana

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Old Town, Havana

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Old Town, Havana

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Violist Eiji Ikeda takes a photo of a kitten in Old Town, Havana.

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Coro Entrevoces welcomed our group with a performance at the Hotel Nacional. Tomorrow, the vocal ensemble will rehearse with the Minnesota Orchestra.

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Principal Trumpet Manny Laureano and fellow musicians enjoy a performance by Coro Entrevoces.

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Music Director Osmo Vänskä and Digna Guerra, the director of Coro Entrevoces.

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The MPR crew that will bring us Friday and Saturday night's live broadcasts, on the grounds of the Hotel Nacional.

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Dinner at the Hotel Nacional.

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Manny Laureano and Marilyn Carlson Nelson take a spin on the dance floor following dinner. "The Orchestra is here to make music, make friends and make history," Nelson said in comments before dinner.


Listen to the performances!

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Program details: Friday, May 15 | Saturday, May 16


All photos © Travis Anderson 2015.

Minnesota Orchestra Staff