From November 18 to 23, the EUYO will visit Cuba for the first time, joining forces with the Orquesta Sinfónica del ISA, adjunta al Lyceum Mozartiano de La Habana.
Celebración is the title of the unique concert that the EUYO will present in Cuba on November 22 at 8 pm in the Cathedral of Havana, dedicated to the Cuban capital on its 500th anniversary.
Together with the EUYO, which will be conducted by EUYO alumna and former concertmaster Emily Davis, will be the ISA Symphony Orchestra, part of the Mozartian Lyceum of Havana, which will be under the guidance of José Antonio Méndez.
The fusion of these two orchestras will be an exceptional opportunity to appreciate the culmination of more than 70 musicians from both continents, in a program where works by renowned European composers such as Ludwig van Beethoven, Erwin Schulhoff and Ralph Vaughan Williams will be combined with pieces by Cuban composers such as the consecrated Moisés Simons and the young Jenny Peña.
As part of the programme of EUYO activities in Cuba, a group of its members will take part in a Cuban percussion workshop at the University of the Arts (ISA).
“It is with the greatest pleasure that members of the European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO), as cultural ambassadors for the EU, look forward to this joint residency with the Orquesta Sinfónica del ISA, adjunta al Lyceum Mozartiano de La Habana, facilitated, supported and made possible by the work of the EU Delegation to Cuba” said Marshall Marcus, Secretary General of the EUYO. “Music, it is often said, knows no boundaries, and this project surely demonstrates that the work of the EU similarly traverses borders, powerfully reinforcing the Union’s motto of Unity in Diversity. I am sure that this week will be one to treasure in the future for all the musicians and audiences who are to take part in it”.
This first EUYO visit to the country has been possible thanks to the Delegation of the European Union in Cuba, in close collaboration with the Ministry of Culture, the Oficina del Historiador de la Ciudad, the Mozartian Lyceum of Havana and the University of the Arts (ISA).