Cuba: Can You Make a Living in Cuba Playing Classical Music?

They are rehearsing “A German Requiem” by Brahms right now. They’ve been at it for several hours. There are also German musicians. This time, the Europeans have come to perform here; other times, the Cubans go to Germany.

When the clock strikes 5:40 PM, Jose (Pepe) Antonio Mendez Padron, conductor at the Lyceum Mozartiano Orchestra in Havana, concludes the day for chorus members.

Lorena Morales Valdes is one of the artists who can rest now. She is 20 years old, lives in San Jose de las Lajas and studies Choral Conducting at the University of Arts (ISA).

“It’s an incredible experience for me, it teaches me a lot about how to be a choral conductor, gives me the opportunity to broaden my musical spectrum, learn a new genre of music, a new language, new pronunciation. It is the first time I am going to perform Brahms’ “A German Requiem” and it’s a very big opportunity.”


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