Inaugural Tour


May 19-26, 2019
Celebrating Havana’s 500th Anniversary

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. 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.

CAYO receives invitation to International Cubadisco Festival

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 30 American and 30 Cuban student musicians – 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.

In preparation for their first performances together, the 70 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, ten 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.

We would like to thank Marilyn Carlson Nelson for her generous support of the Minnesota Orchestra musicians volunteering their time to teach and perform on this tour.

Patron Tour To Havana

The Juntos en Armonia Patron Tour
to Cuba May 22-26, 2019

—Deadline extended to April 15 —

A few spots remain!

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
Musician Sponsors

We are grateful for our musician sponsors who are supporting cultural diplomacy this May! Click to donate today.

Minnesota Orchestra Faculty Sponsor ($25,000+)

Marilyn Carlson Nelson

Concertmaster Sponsors ($10,000+24,999)


The Paulus Fund

String Section Sponsors ($5,000-9,999)

Carole Haas Gravagno

New World Symphony

Principal Chair Sponsors ($2,500-4,999)

Colburn School

Paula and Cy DeCosse

Dr. Samuel Dudley

The John and Ruth Huss Fund

Lawrence and Dalia Kraut

Cozen O’Conner

Section Chair Sponsors ($1,000-2,499)

Brad Brown

Carolyn Fuller

Paul Grangaard

Richard and Beverly Heydinger

Elizabeth and Martin Lorenz-Meyer

Michael Klevay and Christine Schwab

Patty Paulus

Mark Raderstorf and Linda Armstrong

Gary Stevens and Melissa Kraut

Robert and Sue Wieseneck

In-kind support provided by

Minnesota Orchestra Library

Claire Givens Violins, Inc., Minneapolis

Perrins and Associates Fine Violins, Baltimore

The Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra

GTCYS Library

Cadenza Music

Minnesota Public Radio