Tacoma’s Northwest Sinfonietta has been licensed by the U.S. Treasury Department for a 10-day tour of Cuba this January
It’s official – the Tacoma-based Northwest Sinfonietta chamber orchestra has been licensed by the U.S. Treasury Department for a 10-day, two-city tour of Cuba in January, 2012. The 10-member ensemble will be only the third orchestra to visit Cuba since the country’s 1959 revolution, due to U.S. government embargoes on trade with Cuba, and will be focusing its stay on cultural relations with Tacoma’s sister-city, Cienfuegos, offering workshops and performing side by side with local musicians.
“Music has the ability to transcend ethnic, cultural, social and ideological boundaries,” said Christophe Chagnard, the Sinfonietta’s musical director and co-founder. “This unique exchange will open vast horizons and enrich the lives of all involved.”
The tour, which runs January 19-29, begins with two days of cultural activities in the capital of Havana before moving to Cienfuegos, in the country’s south. Read more »