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Stravinsky in Havana’s Auditorium

Stravinsky

RECENTLY the 70th anniversary of the first visit to Havana by Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky (1882 –1971) was celebrated, one of the most important and transcendental musicians of the 20th century. On April 6, the 45th anniversary of his death will be commemorated in New York.

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Confirmed: The Rolling Stones to play in Cuba

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In a press release issued March 1, legendary British rock band the Rolling Stones confirmed the news everyone had been waiting for: that they will play a free concert in Havana’s Ciudad Deportiva on March 25. The symbolic show will be a landmark event for both Cuba and the British group, set to perform for an audience who have been dreaming of seeing the world’s greatest rock band perform live for more than 40 years, not to mention the fact that it represents one of the most transcendental music events to take place in the country for the last 50 years.

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The Alicia Alonso Grand Theater of Havana in all its splendor

Alicia Alonso inaugura Gran Teatro

Army General Raúl Castro, President of the Councils of State and Ministers, alongside Alicia Alonso at the National Ballet of Cuba’s gala for the 57th anniversary of the triumph of the Revolution, and re-opening of the Grand Theater of Havana. Photo: Estudio Revolución
The majestic Grand Theater of Havana, a mecca of performing arts in Cuba and one of the architectural icons of the city, now bears the name of the exceptional ballerina Alicia Alonso.

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January 1 gala dedicated to the triumph of the Revolution in Havana’s newly renovated Alicia Alonso Gran Teatro

Gran Teatro de La Habana

Havana’s Alicia Alonso Gran Teatro will open its doors January 1, 2016, after a three-year renovation, with the customary gala dedicated to the triumph of the Revolution. Included will be a performance entitled Tríptico Clásico by the Cuban National Ballet, in Federico García Lorca Hall, accompanied by the theater’s orchestra conducted by Giovanny Duarte.

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Cuban musicians bring home Latin Grammys

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The Septeto Santiaguero won its first Latin Grammy last night, November 19, in the category of Best Traditional Tropical Album for its CD No quiero llanto. Tributo a Los Compadres, recorded with Dominican José Alberto, “El Canario.” The 2015 awards ceremony took place in the MGM Grand Garden Arena, in Las Vegas, where other winners included Calle 13 and Cuban singer-songwriter Silvio Rodríguez for the video clip Ojos color sol; and Alex Cuba, for Healer. Pablo Milanés was recognized for his life long contributions with an Award for Musical Excellence.

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Pablo Milanés wins Latin Grammy Award

Pablo Milanes

The singer-songwriter and composer Pablo Milanés, founder of the New Trova movement along with Silvio Ro dríguez and Noel Nicola, received yesterday, November 18, a Latin Grammy Awardfor Musical Excellence, given his important contributions to music. During the ceremony, held Wednesday 18, in Las Vegas, the United States, the legendary Cuban trova musician, author of 40 albums and memorable songs such as “Yolanda” and “El Bre ve espacio en que no estás,” received the accolade along with other outstanding musicians from the Latin American scene.

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An artistic ode to the national anthem

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An artistic gala full of allusions to the nation’s roots was held in this city as part of the 11th Festival of Cuban Identity (Fiesta de la Cubanía), with a special rendition of Cuba’s national anthem, the military march “La Bayamesa”, first performed on October 20, 1868. The ceremony which combined music, dance and theater took place in the very square where the people first sang the march, written by independence hero Pedro Figueredo (Perucho)

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An extraordinary gift for music lovers

Chucho valdes concierto

Lang Lang is a phenomenal performer, one of the most internationally acclaimed pianists; and Chucho Valdés, a pianist, composer, and winner of five Grammy and three Latin Grammy awards. These two greats came together on October 9 in a unique concert, in the truest sense of the word, in Old Havana’s exceptional Plaza de la Catedral to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the city’s founding (November 16).

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Septeto Santiaguero, once again nominated for a Latin Grammy

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Cuban son continues to be heard very well around the world. Once again, the Septeto Santiaguero has been nominated for a Latin Grammy, this time for their CD No quiero llanto. Tributo a Los Compadres, in the category of Best Traditional Tropical album, according to the Latin Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences in the United States.

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Take 6 set to wow Cuban audiences

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Take 6 arrived in Havana with credentials that speak for themselves: over ten Grammy Awards, collaborations with Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles and Quincy Jones, among others, and more than 15 albums, placing them at the forefront of U.S. vocal groups. The group formed by young university students rose to fame mainly due to its strong spiritual and creative convictions, in defense of jazz and gospel music, with its range expanding to include various African-American genres.