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.

Patron Tour to Havana

CAYO is thrilled to partner with Classical Movements to offer an unforgettable five days in Havana and Matanzas, Cuba from May 22-26, 2019. Enjoy sea views from your hotel room, visit Hemingway’s home, stroll the Malecón, take in Havana’s colonial architecture, and be a part of everything from intimate chamber music concerts to late-night jam sessions. We invite you to raise a mojito glass and toast Havana’s 500th anniversary with CAYO!

Founded in 1992, Classical Movements has worked in Cuba, on and off, since 1995. In 2010, responding to revived interest, Classical Movements resumed touring to Cuba, curating unique and truly meaningful experiences for more than 25 esteemed musical ensembles, and thereby becoming the world’s leading concert tour company to Cuba. After President Obama announced the resumption of diplomatic relations with the republic in 2015, Classical Movements produced an historic tour for the Minnesota Orchestra, the first professional U.S. orchestra to perform in Cuba in more than 15 years.

Everywhere we go, Classical Movements aims to:

  • Contribute to meaningful causes.
  • Foster music and cultural exchanges and collaborations between disparate groups.
  • Enable teaching and workshop opportunities with world-renowned conductors, clinicians and ensembles.
  • Encourage interaction and learning for all.
  • Preserve, rebuild and reach out.

Minnesota Orchestra musicians and patrons enjoy a celebration in Plaza Vieja, May 2015. © Minnesota Orchestra/Travis Anderson 2015

Find out more

Email info@cayomusic.org to request a patron tour informational packet.

Sign up and make your first tour deposit of $1500 by February 4, 2019 to guarantee your participation.

Classical Movements is handling sign-ups and payment collections.

Payments can be made by check to Classical Movements, 711 Princess Street, Alexandria, VA 22314