The Georgetown Voice April 26, 2017 By Katya Schwenk| Eight Cuban musicians performed alongside the Georgetown University Orchestra and Concert Choir in Gaston Hall. The concert was the culminati|on of the Music for Cuba exchange program, created by music director Angel Gil-Ordóñez this year, which sent twelve members of the Georgetown orchestra to Havana, Cuba, for a week in March.
The concert, held on April 22, was free and open to the public. It featured Cuban conductor José Antonio Méndez Padrón, from the Cuban conservatory Lyceum Mozartiano de La Habana, as well as conducting by Gil-Ordóñez and professor Frederick Binkholder, the choir’s director. The combined orchestra and choir played Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4, which the Georgetown orchestra performed on their last night in Cuba.
Launched as part of the new Latin American Initiative at Georgetown, the Music for Cuba program aims to promote cultural understanding between Cuba and the United States in the wake of the countries’ recent shift in diplomatic relations.