US Prodigy Marlon Daniel to Conduct Cuba Orchestra

Musical prodigy, Marlon Daniel
Musical prodigy, Marlon Daniel | Photo: Prensa Latina

Founded in October 1959, the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba is one of the island’s oldest and most important musical organizations.

Marlon Daniel, an award-winning African American musical prodigy, is scheduled to conduct Cuba’s National Symphonic Orchestra on April 30.

Born to parents from New Orleans and Atlanta, Daniel is considered one of the foremost exponents of music by African composers in the diaspora. He is notable for performing works by Chevalier de Saint-Georges, a French Revolution-era conductor, and George Walker, the first to win the Pulitzer Prize for music in the U.S.

Daniel’s event will be hosted in the Covarrubias Hall of the National Theatre in Havana at 11:00 a.m. local time. Renowned pianist Gerard Aimontch will also perform at the concert. On the program is Symphony No. 8 in G minor by Antonin Dvorak and Don Juan by Richard Strauss.

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