|It was 1:01 p.m. Wednesday when Delta Flight 8876 hit the tarmac at José Martí International Airport in Havana.|
|Habanera ticket holders waiting to enter the teatro natcional for last night's concert.|
|Last night's sold-out house.|
The Minnesotans have learned the use of hand fans as well, since the Teatro Nacional is only lightly A/Ced.
They opened with the Cuban National Anthem, "El Himno de Bayamo", followed with the"Star Spangled Banner."
The orchestra began the program with classic Cuban composer Cartula's "Danson" , but they sound so gallego! i.e. like saying "Pat Boone has no soul." Last night they did Beethoven. Tonight, at least so far, the program is Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story.
This event is, well, astounding. Here is a description of last night's concert. One can't help but wish though, that the Minnesota public radio announcer understood Cuba's music culture better and 'got it' that Cuba has brilliant national classical music orchestras -- that this is not the first time Cubans are hearing this music, played by brilliant musicians.