TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - The music director of the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba has made his U.S. debut in Tampa.
Enrique Perez Mesa led the Florida Orchestra at Morsani Hall of the Straz Center for the Performing Arts on Friday.
The performance was part of a multiyear cultural exchange between the Florida orchestra and Cuban musical institutions. A wind quintet from the orchestra gave a concert in Havana last fall.
Perez Mesa conducted the orchestra in works by Cuban composers Carlos Farinas and Guido Lopez-Gavilan, among others. About 1,200 people attended the performance.
The Tampa Bay Times reports Perez Mesa will lead the orchestra again in performances in St. Petersburg on Saturday and Clearwater on Sunday.
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