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This month, the Havana Lyceum Orchestra a group of gifted young musicians from Cuba, have come to the United States for 10 concerts with the Brooklyn-based pianist Simone Dinnerstein, who recruited them for her just-released "Mozart in Havana" album. The performances include concerts in Virginia on Thursday June 15 at 7 p.m. at Jewish Community Center of NOVA, Fairfax, Sunday June 18 at 5 p.m. at George Mason University Harris Theatre, Fairfax; and Wednesday June 28 at 8 p.m. at Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, College Park.

This marks the first tour in the United States for a Cuban orchestra since Castro's revolution. It's also likely that the Havana Lyceum Orchestra is the first post-revolution ensemble to record for a major label - Dinnerstein is on Sony Classical - though Bogdan Roscic, the Sony executive who oversaw the project, isn't positive and also wants to play that down. "I'm wary of making such claims, and I also think it sort of cheapens the whole thing, makes it sound more like a stunt," he says. "What I would say is that these are able and super talented musicians. When you add to that a willingness to capture a special moment, it becomes magical."    PHOTO:  (Arianna Domínguez Hernández)

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