Lang Lang performs at Plaza de la Catedral in historic La Habana Vieja.
Lang Lang, Marin Alsop and Chucho Valdés
Lang Lang and Chucho Valdés at the piano, while Marin Alsop conducts the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Cuba
Ron Losby, President of Steinway & Sons Americas, addresses the crowd.
A Gift For Cuba
Steinway & Sons Serves As Presenting Sponsor Of
concert To Celebrate The City Of Havana.
Nothing brings people together like music-making. On October 9, 2015, following the reopening of United States–Cuba relations, a select group of musicians traveled to Havana to celebrate the city’s five hundredth anniversary.
Marin Alsop, conductor of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra led the Cuban Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Cuba in a concert in historic La Habana Vieja that featured the music of composers from across the globe: Tchaikovsky, Elgar, and George Gershwin, as well as Cuban composers Ernesto Lecouona, A.M. Roeu, and Chucho Valdés. Valdés also played in the concert as a soloist, alongside pianist Lang Lang.
After the last notes faded, Ron Losby, President of Steinway & Sons Americas, made a gift of the Model D concert grand piano used during the concert, donating it to the Cuban Institute of Music as a gift to the people of Cuba. “Music has the unique ability to join people together,” said Losby, “and this concert is proof of that.”
The Cuban Institue of Music/Instituto Cubano de la Musica (ICM) was created in 1989 and serves as the agency within the Cuban Ministry of Culture that oversees music policy and development, enrichment and promotion of the nation's musical heritage.
Steinway & Sons CEO Michael T. Sweeney notes that part of the company’s heritage “has been to serve as an ambassador for the musical arts, and as such we are honored to help bring this historic event to the people of Cuba and hope that our gift of the Steinway & Sons piano will bring inspiration and joy to the people of Cuba.”