National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba

Guido Lopez-Gavilan, Guest Conductor and Nachito Harrera, Piano

Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Mechanics Hall - 8:00 PM Performance, 7PM Pre-concert Talk by Steven Ledbetter

Tickets: $49 Adults, $15 student ,$5 under age 18

Enrique Pérez Mesa, Music Director for the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba will be sending his orchestra with guest conductor Guido Lópex-Gavilán and pianist Ignacio "Nachito" Herrera on their historic first tour to the United States in the Fall of 2012!  The NSO of Cuba has been instrumental in developing and introducing Cuban and Latin American music to the international classical music community. 

Nachito Herrera stunned audiences at age twelve, performing Rachmaninoff's Concerto No. 2 with the Havana Symphony Orchestra and has been widely recognized as a young genius on the piano.


Last night, the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba opened their tour in Kansas City at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

It was a great success with a full house standing in ovation on at least three occasions.

The orchestra arrived at 11:20pm Monday intact with one missing bag, three forgotten trombone mutes and sadly, a dispirited 4th French Hornist whose instrument was destroyed by the TSA in Havana.... but the story has a happy ending!!   Watch the video from a Kansas City TV station here:


Gershwin:     Cuban Overture

Gershwin:     Rhapsody in Blue

Lecuona:      La Comparsa

Beethoven:   Symphony No.5

Sample Music

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About the Artists


Since its inception on 1960, the Havana Symphony has been instrumental in developing and introducing Cuban and Latin American music to the international classical music community, in addition to covering a vast symphonic and chamber repertoire ranging from baroque to contemporary music.  International tours have taken the orchestra to Russia, Poland, Yugoslavia, Mexico, Nicaragua, Spain, Peru and Argentina.

Among the more than 100 guest conductors who have led the orchestra include Sir Thomas Beecham, Sergiu Celibidache, Pierre Monteaux, Charles Munch, Eugene Ormandy, Wilhelm Steinberg, Leopold Stokowski, Igor Stravinsky, Heitor Villa-Lobos and Bruno Walter.

Acclaimed international soloists have included Marian Anderson, Claudio Arrau, Jorge Bolet, Jose Carreras Jascha Heifetz, Nathan Milstein, Ruggiero Ricci, Mstislav Rostropovich Arthur Rubinstein, Andres Segovia, Isaac Stern, among many others.



Widely recognized as a young genius, Ignacio "Nachito" Herrera stunned Cuban audiences at the age of twelve, performing "Rachmaninoff's Concerto No. 2" with the Havana Symphony Orchestra. In the late 1990's, Nachito joined the famed ¡Cubanismo! as its lead pianist, arranger, and musical director, performing at the many of the world’s finest concert halls and prestigious festivals.  In 2009, Herrera toured as a member of the Afro Cuban All Stars.  His love of classical music quickly combined with traditional Cuban rhythms under the instruction of the Cuban masters-Rubén González, Jorge Gomez Labraña, and Frank Fernández. In his twenties, Nachito became the musical director at the famous "Tropicana" in Cuba where he continued to deepen his repertoire.


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