Havana Lyceum Orchestra
Friday, Jun 23, 2017 at 8:00 PM - English
The Havana Lyceum Orchestra have arrived in the U.S. just ahead of the East Coast Tour they’ll embark on with pianist Simone Dinnerstein in support of their critically acclaimed new album, Mozart in Havana (Sony Classical, 2017). The tour marks the Orchestra’s American debut, as well as the first time an orchestra of this size has traveled to the U.S. from Cuba since the revolution.
The chemistry that Dinnerstein and the Orchestra have is undeniable. In a glowing review of the album, La Scena Musicale writes of the “instant and sustained impression of cohesion; an uncanny unity of temper and sensibility and interpretation between keyboard and orchestra.” The Philadelphia Inquirer calls the album’s first movement “a mysterious music box of slippery harmonic progressions that covers a lot of emotional ground and doesn’t so much elide with the orchestra’s reentry as it evaporates in a wisp of ether.” And Colorado Public Radio adds, “The Havana Lyceum Orchestra… plays with a passion and intensity that illuminates the heart of these concertos.”
Recorded with the Orchestra in Cuba in June 2016, Mozart in Havana may be Dinnerstein’s most ambitious project to date and is a testament to music’s ability to cross cultural and language barriers. She 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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