Concert held to mark 500th anniversary of founding of Havana


HAVANA — An outdoor concert was held on Friday night in the Cathedral Square in Old Havana to mark the 500th anniversary of the founding of Cuba’s capital city Havana.

The concert featured the cooperation of renowned Chinese pianist Lang Lang and the acclaimed Cuban pianists Chucho Valdes.

During the two-hour concert, the two pianists, together with the Cuban orchestra, presented pieces composed by Cuban composers and other composers from Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States.

“I think this is a good cooperation which combines classical music with modern Cuban music. I think Cuba’s music circle is now having more exchanges with that of other countries. This is very helpful to cultural development,” said Valdes.

“The audience were silent and showed a solemn manner towards classical music when I played the piece composed by Tchaikovsky. But when I played Cuban music, it seemed the music resonated with the audience, many of whom swayed to the music. They were very exciting after I finished playing. I felt the excitement among the audience when they listen to the music they love,” said Lang Lang.

The concert was also the Chinese pianist’s debut in Cuba.

Founded in the 16th century, Old Havana and the Cathedral in the city center together were listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1982.

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