The island nation of Cuba is opening its arms to receive one of Chicago’s most beloved U.S. chamber ensembles. This week musicians from Ravinia Festival’s Steans Institute arrive in Cuba as part of the Festival de Musica de Camara – a five-day celebration of music.
Ravinia’s CEO Welz Kaufman labeled these talented musicians “cultural ambassadors” as they spread “classical conversation” in Cuba from March 25 -29. Concerts and master classes will be offered at local art schools by members of the different musical ensembles invited to the festival, including Steans musicians.
The festival is led by Cuban pianist Frank Fernández with the goal of advancing the “interpretation, development and performance of this form of classical music in Cuba.” The festival will emphasize the interpretation of Cuban and Latin American music.
The Steans Music Institute, celebrating its 25th Anniversary, is Ravinia’s summer conservatory program focused on jazz, piano and strings, that bring together young musicians from around the world. The program has had representation from over 60 countries and is supervised by an internationally renowned faculty. In Cuba, the Steans Institute musicians will be led by violinist Miriam Fried, director of the piano and strings program.
Steans Music Institute will be one of the first U.S. chamber music ensembles to perform in Cuba.