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Joshua Bell 'Seasons of Cuba' set to air on PBS - December 16

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Live From Lincoln Center presents Grammy Award–winning violinist Joshua Bell in a performance with the Chamber Orchestra of Havana and some of Cuba's most renowned artists, as well as special guest Dave Matthews. This marks the U.S. debut of the Chamber Orchestra of Havana, conducted by Daiana García. Live From Lincoln Center's Joshua Bell: Seasons of Cuba airs nationally as part of the PBS Arts Fall Festival on Friday, December 16, 2016 (check local listings). 

Earlier this year, the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities asked Joshua Bell to be a member of the first official government-to-government bilateral initiative in the wake of President Obama's historic trip to Cuba. The mission was to extend a hand of friendship to the Cuban people through the universal language of the arts. Upon his return to the United States, Bell expressed the desire to bring the Chamber Orchestra of Havana to the states and approached Live From Lincoln Center in order to continue the important artistic dialogue initiated overseas.  

The concert that stemmed from these efforts includes the Presto movement from "Summer" from Antonio Vivaldi's The Four Seasons and "Summer" from Ástor Piazzolla's The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires performed by Joshua Bell and the Chamber Orchestra of Havana, which is composed of some of Cuba's most accomplished classical musicians.  The concert also highlights traditional and contemporary music written and performed by acclaimed Cuban artists, their collaborations building a bridge between Cubans and American artists in a new landscape of cultural diplomacy

Joining Joshua Bell and the orchestra are singer-songwriter Carlos Varela (recently profiled in the HBO documentary The Poet of Havana), pianist/composer Aldo López-Gavilán, and soprano Larisa Martínez, all of whom participated in the historic trip in April. Pianist Jorge Gómez, bassist Julio González Ochoa, pianist Orlando Alonso, percussionist Ruy Adrián López-Nussa, drummer Yissy Garciá Calzadilla, and saxophonist Yosvany Terry are also featured in the concert. Special guest Dave Matthews, who was also a member of the delegation to Cuba, performs several of his own songs in collaboration with Joshua Bell and the Chamber Orchestra of Havana. He performs with Carlos Varela, as well.

The live concert event and television broadcast are produced and directed by multiple Emmy Award winner Andrew C. Wilk, Executive Producer of Live From Lincoln Center. It was taped Tuesday, November 1, 2016, in Jazz at Lincoln Center's Frederick P. Rose Hall.