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Simone Dinnerstein embarks on US tour with Havana Lyceum Orchestra / BroadwayWorld

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This June, acclaimed pianist Simone Dinnerstein embarks on a tour with the Havana Lyceum Orchestra in their American debut to perform works from her new album, Mozart in Havana. Recorded with the orchestra in Cuba last June, it may be her most ambitious to date and is a testament to music's ability to cross cultural and language barriers. The tour will be the first time an orchestra of this size has traveled to the U.S. from Cuba since the revolution.

Dinnerstein conceived of this project in Havana in 2015 when she first performed with the Havana Lyceum Orchestra - a collection of conservatory students, recent graduates and their teachers - at the Encuentro de Jóvenes Pianistas (Meeting of Young Pianists) festival. "When I played with them, I was astonished by their commitment to listening and to rehearsal," Dinnerstein comments, "and by their desire to explore music which can too often be worn away by familiarity, as well as by their beautiful sound - a sound they made despite the fact that even the simplest supplies, like strings and reeds, have been hard to come by in Cuba."

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