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Simone Dinnerstein & WRTI - Philadelphia discuss Cuban orchestra with ties to Vienna

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Simone Dinnerstein's new Sony Classical album, Mozart in Havana may be the pianist's most ambitious to date and is a testament to music's ability to cross all cultural and language barriers. Recorded in Cuba, Dinnerstein collaborates with the Havana Lyceum Orchestra to perform Mozart's Piano Concerto Nos. 21 and 23. Mozart in Havana is a return to Dinnerstein's origins as a musician. Her connection with Cuba started early with Solomon Mikowsky, a Cuban émigré who became her piano teacher when she was nine. Mikowsky would tell stories of his childhood in Cuba and the country's many musical influences. Dinnerstein recalls, "I learned so much from Solomon, and one thing was that a musical culture is not something you have to be born to but something you can choose."

Mozart himself never went to Havana, but his music thrives there. WRTI: Philadelphia - Susan Lewis reports on the recent Dinnerstein project and a Cuban orchestra with ties to Vienna.    LISTEN TO THE SEGMENT