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Florida International University students perform in historic concert in Havana

FIU choir in Cuba

Recently, FIU students performed with Argentine composer Martín Palmer in Havana, Cuba. The concerts were the first time the FIU choir has ever performed in Cuba. WPLG Local 10 News covered the trip and spoke with several students.
HAVANA – Last year Argentine composer Martín Palmeri brought his “Misatango” to Miami-Dade in a performance with the Florida International University’s strings orchestra and concert choir.
Palmeri, who was born in Buenos Aires, first performed the “Misatango” with the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba. To mark the 20th anniversary of that performance, Palmeri invited FIU students to participate in the historic concerts in Havana.
Kathryn Longo, the coordinator of choral studies at FlU’s School of Music, said Palmieri composed a “beautiful combination” of tango, a style of music that originated among European immigrant populations of Argentina and Uruguay, with “the sacred, classical tradition of writing a Mass for orchestra.”
While Palmieri returned to perform in a city that he is familiar with, the recent trip was the first for the FIU choir, and it was particularly moving for a few students who are of Cuban heritage.
FIU students Roberto Lopez-Trigo and Mary Ellen Espinosa are among the Cuban-American students who have only heard stories about the island from their parents and grandparents. Lopez-Trigo said Cuba was like a “fairytale land” when he was a kid and the trip had changed that.
For more on this historic trip, read the full story at WPLG Local 10 News.