International Guitar Festival Opens in Cuba

The 14th International Guitar Festival of Havana begins today here with the participation of contestants and guest musicians from Cuba, Latin America, North America and Europe.

The Covarrubias Hall of the National Theater of Cuba will host the opening concert with performances by the National Symphony Orchestra conducted by maestro Enrique Perez Mesa and Cuban soloists Marco Tamayo and Joaquin Clerch.

According to the program, the event will run from April 17th to 24th and participants will present a varied program that includes pieces by renowned composers as the Concierto de Aranjuez, by Spanish Joaquin Rodrigo.

Among the foreign guests are Anabel Montesinos, David Martinez, Jaume Torrent, Eduardo Inestal, from Spain, Fabio Zanon from Brazil and Anthony Spiri from the United States.

On the Cuban side, musicians Eduardo Martin, the Amadeo Roldan String Quartet, soprano Barbara Llanes and aforementioned Clerch and Tamayo will participate, among others.

This event will be dedicated to the centenary of guitarist Issac Nicola (1901-1999) and the 80th birthday of maestro instrumentalist Jesus Ortega, who chairs the 14th festival.

(Prensa Latina)

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