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Steinway Pianos In Celebration Of Havana’s 500th Anniversary

...to the Cuban Institute of Music the Model D concert grand piano that Lang Lang performed on that evening. The concert was held outdoors at the Plaza de la Catedral in historic La Habana Vieja, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, on October 9.

Marin Alsop conducted the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Cuba, with Steinway artist Lang Lang and Chucho Valdés as soloists, performing works by Tchaikovsky and Elgar, New York composers George Gershwin and James P. Jones, as well as Cuban composers Ernesto Lecouona, A.M. Roeu, and Chucho Valdés. Both Lang Lang and Valdés performed on Steinway & Sons pianos.

Steinway & Sons CEO Michael T. Sweeney stated, “Part of our heritage at Steinway & Sons has been to serve as an ambassador for the musical arts, and as such we are honored to help bring this historic event to the people of Cuba and hope that our gift of the Steinway & Sons piano will bring inspiration and joy to the people of Cuba.”

Steinway & Sons Americas President Ron Losby added, “Music has the unique ability to join people together, and this concert is proof of that. As the official presenting sponsor, for the first time in over 50 years Steinway & Sons had the opportunity to celebrate side-by-side with our friends in Havana; that’s the power of music.”

Concert producers Jean-Jacques Cesbron, president, CAMI Music, and Eric Latzky, principal, Culture Communications of New York, stated jointly, “In this new openness, musical collaboration with Cuba and Cuban musicians is more possible than ever. In creating this concert, in partnership with the Cuban Institute of Music and Ministry of Culture of Cuba, our dream was to join hands with the vibrant musical culture of Cuba. To see Lang Lang, Chucho Valdés, Marin Alsop, and the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra onstage together, we hope, represents a vision of many great collaborative efforts to come.” Cesbron and Latzky continued, “Steinway & Sons is essential to this vision. We are deeply appreciative of their support.”

The concert was co-produced by CAMI Music (CAMImusic.com) and ELCCNY (ELCCNY.com) in cooperation with the Cuban Institute of Music in Havana, Cuba, and the Ministry of Culture of Cuba.

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