Judging by Cuba’s emphasis on music education in the first 12 years of school, eight hours per week means they are among the most musical people in the world.

The music scene in Cuba has evolved over the last several years as major bands including the Rolling Stones have played for massive crowds. And increased tourism has translated into long lines for Havana music venues large and small.

Now, an ambitious, crowd-funded initiative, Habana Clásica, aims to make an international classical music gathering a source of harmony and cultural exchange.

The event, April 18 – 23, 2017, will present six days of classical music activities in Havana, including:

  • Master classes at the conservatory.
  • Pop-up concerts in the plazas of Havana.
  • An interactive concert in a school for children and families presenting Terry Riley’s ‘In C’ (with everyone participating in the concert).


  • Five concerts over three days in the concert halls of Havana.
  • Two concerts with two of Havana’s chamber orchestras.
  • Three concerts featuring 11 artists from around the world.
  • Three premieres by our composer-in-residence.

Habana Clásica is presented by the Oficina del Historiador de La Habana / UP Patrimonio Cultural / Gabinete de Patrimonio Musical Esteban Salas / Dirección de Gestión Cultural.

The project is being officially presented by several cultural institutions within Cuba. The concerts are being presented by El Gabinete de Patrimonio Musical Esteban Salas and are being presented in conjunction with El Taller Internacional de Patrimonio Histórico-Documental de la Música en Hipanoamérica.

Habana Clásica is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of Classical Havana must be made payable to “Fractured Atlas” only and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. None of the artists are accepting payment for this event in what is expected to be an annual happening.

Original Article: Cuba Journal