From Europe to Havana: a unique concert in La Catedral

Por Yandry Fernández Perdomo

Orquesta Juvenil de la Unión Europea
European Union Youth Orchestra

The Cathedral of Havana was the site chosen by the Youth Orchestra of the European Union for the realization of a unique concert, together with the Symphony Orchestra of the Instituto Superior de Artes (ISA), an occasion to celebrate also the 500th year of the founding of the Villa de San Cristóbal in Havana.

The ambassador of the European Union to Cuba, Alberto Navarro, appreciated the possibility given by the Catholic Church, especially the Padre Félix Varela Cultural Center, for supporting this event, which was also dedicated to honoring the figure of Eusebio Leal, historian of the city.

The STRING assembly of EUYO, as this musical group of the old continent is known, under the direction of Emily Davis, opened the concert with the work “Battalia”, by Heinrich Biber; He followed him with Erwin Schulhoff’s “Five Dances” and concluded the first part with Moses Simons’ very Cuban piece “The Maniman”.

In intermission, the ISA Symphony Orchestra, conducted with great technical prowess by José Antonio Méndez, performed Ralph Vaughan’s “The Lark Ascending” in his repertoire; piece “IV. Allegro con brio”, Beethoven’s Symphony number seven and Jenny Peña’s “Conga”.

Founded in 1976 by Joy and Lionel Bryer, EUYO is a cultural ambassador for the European Union and has performed on major settings around the world such as the Royal Albert Hall in London and Carnegie Hall in New York.

Also, along with the long list of great stages, without a doubt, the legendary Habanera Cathedral will be among the most pleasant memories of a group that came to exchange and found bonds of friendship with the Cuban people and culture.

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