Juntos en Armonía/Together in Harmony Tour
CAYO receives invitation to International Cubadisco Festival and will participate in official events celebrating Havana’s 500th anniversary
May 20-27, 2019
Havana and Matanzas, Cuba
Marking the first large-scale artistic collaboration between the United States and Cuba, the Cuban American Youth Orchestra embarks on its inaugural full orchestra tour this spring. Presented in Cuba by the international concert tour management company Classical Movements, in association with the Cuban Institute of Music and the National Center for Concert Music, CAYO’s Juntos en Armonía/Together in Harmony tour sees the newly formed ensemble – approximately 40 American and 40 Cuban student musicians, all aged 18-24 – make its debut in Havana and other provincial destinations in Cuba. The tour will feature the world premiere of a new composition by the island republic’s Guido López-Gavilán, commissioned by the American Composers Forum’s Paulus Fund to celebrate Havana’s 500th anniversary. Building on the success of pilot programs conducted over the past year, CAYO’s inaugural tour harnesses the power of cultural diplomacy to support Cuban musicians and promote harmony and understanding between the United States and Cuba.
The 2019 ‘Juntos en Armonía’ tour will be a historic collaboration of young Cuban and American musicians, signaling mutual goodwill and a desire to grow relationships between our two countries. The culmination of an idea that began with the 2015 Minnesota Orchestra tour to Cuba, CAYO is a testament to the power of cultural diplomacy, giving a strong voice of the next generation to create a better world through music.
– Rena Kraut, Executive Director
In preparation for their first performances together, the 80 college-aged musicians will rehearse with handpicked faculty mentors from both countries. Professionals from Havana’s Instituto Superior de Arte and other local institutions will take part in the tour. From the United States, eleven members of the Minnesota Orchestra, including first associate concertmaster Susie Park, principal flute Adam Kuenzel, principal oboe John Snow, principal horn Mike Gast and principal trumpet Manny Laureano will also be mentors. During their week together in Cuba, the U.S. mentors will lead the young musicians in sectionals, lessons, masterclasses and perform alongside their Cuban counterparts in a special chamber music concert.