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Cuban orchestra offers fun with exotic touch

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It was a night in Havana Friday at Proctors with the debut of the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba. It was also a night of surprises. After music director Enrique Pérez Mesa led the orchestra in the “Star Spangled Banner,” it launched into the Cuban national anthem and then, with the very large crowd cheering and laughing, they performed Gershwin’s “Cuban Overture.” The busy score is one of the trickiest with complex rhythms, lots of ...

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