Chicago Jazz Philharmonic Makes History

Chicagoans and Cubans came together Friday to make an international connection through music. The Chicago Jazz Philharmonic and 35 music students from Cuba united in concert to perform classical, jazz, and Cuban traditional pieces at the Auditorium Theater in Chicago. The CJP welcomed students and administrators from Universidad de las Artes (ISA) in Havana, Cuba’s national conservatory of music.

Orbert Davis and musicians of the CJP became known for their international connection to the ISA after the US and Cuba announced an amendment to their diplomatic relationship. Davis plans to establish an even greater relationship between the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic and ISA, so that musicians can perform together and learn from one another.

“The scope of this project extends beyond the November concert,” Davis said in a press release. “We are developing a relationship that will strengthen the ties between our two countries and help bridge cultural and political differences. This is a model for long-term cultural diplomacy where music and the arts create a common language that sets the stage for ongoing conversation and understanding.”

Photos by Darron Jones

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Orbert Davis and Ernesto Lima Parets – Orbert Davis turns the stage over to ISA Student Orchestra conductor Ernesto Lima Parets. The ISA Student Orchestra performed four traditional Cuban songs, to the delight of the audience.

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