&ldquoAs Alsop faced the cellos and drew from them the most tremendously shaped phrases with every inflection of her baton, you were aware of being in the presence of greatness.&rdquo
17th September 2015
Marin Alsop to conduct concert in Havana celebrating city’s 500th anniversary

On Friday October 9, Marin Alsop will lead a special concert in the City of Havana to celebrate the 500th anniversary of its founding.

Marin will conduct the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Cuba with pianists Chucho Valdés, and Lang Lang, a United Nations Messenger of Peace, as soloists, performing works by Tchaikovsky, Elgar, George Gershwin, James P. Johnson and Cuban Composers Ernesto Lecuona, A.M. Romeu, Chucho Valdés.

Marin, Lang Lang, and Chucho Valdés are donating their services for this concert as a gift to the people of Havana.

The outdoor concert will take place in the Plaza de la Catedral, in historic old town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The setting, one of Havana’s most noted public squares at the center of the life of the City, was chosen for its inherent purpose as a meeting place, and its open atmosphere as a site for musical collaboration.

Full program below:

George GERSHWIN Cuban Overture

Pyotr TCHAIKOVSKY Piano Concerto No.1, Op.23

1. Andante non troppo e molto maestoso—Allegro con spirit

Lang Lang

Edward ELGAR Enigma Variations, Op. 36

Theme (Andante)

Variation I. L’istesso tempo “C.A.E.”

Variation IV. Allegro di molto “W.M.B.”

Variation V. Moderato “R.P.A.”

Variation VI. Andantino “Ysobel”

Variation VII. Presto “Troyte”

Variation VIII. Allegretto “W.N.”

Variation IX. Adagio “Nimrod”

Variation XI. Allegro di molto “G.R.S.”

Variation XIII. Romanza: Moderato “* * *”

Variation XIV. Finale: Allegro Presto “E.D.U.”

Chucho VALDÉS Claudia

Chucho Valdés

Chucho VALDÉS Nanu (Arr. Tony Tano)

Chucho Valdés

Ernesto LECUONA Gitanerías (Arr. Chucho Valdés )

I. Lang Lang original solo

II. Chucho Valdés variation with Lang Lang

III. Chucho Valdés & Lang Lang duet

Lang Lang and Chucho Valdés

Ernesto LECUONA Y La Negra Bailaba

Lang Lang

A.M. ROMEU Tres Lindas Cubanas

Lang Lang and Chucho Valdés

James P. JOHNSON Victory Stride

Lang Lang and Chucho Valdés